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Environmental Education Materials

Illinois EPA invites both formal and non-formal educators to utilize the following free educational materials.

Curbside Recycling and Battery Handling Video

This video for household citizens emphasizes the importance of recycling properly and provides information on accepted items, guidelines, and other best practices to prevent contamination and waste. 

Food Waste FAQ and Activities Packet 

The Food Waste FAQ shares some national and Illinois specific data. Additionally, the packet includes a "Family Food Feud" game for families to keep track of their food waste at home and a "Waste Matching Game."  The packet was created to supplement Illinois EPA and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's Where Does My Food Go? curriculum for fifth/sixth graders.

Log Book of Your Lake

The Log Book of Your Lake is a great companion tool for students to use as a journal and guide when studying a waterbody and its watershed. It provides questions to prompt students to make observations of a waterbody such as its land and water uses (historical and current), monitoring, biotic features with specific examples to look for, and math and vocabulary.

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Lake Notes

Lake Notes is a series of publications produced by the Agency about issues confronting Illinois' lake resources. Educators can choose from 26 publications on varying lake ecology topics. 

A Guide to Illinois Lake Management 

This guide explains lake biology, chemistry, management and more. Learn more about the Bureau of Water's resource assessments.

Environmental Pathways Curricula 

Visit our Environmental Education Curricula web page to learn more about the Agency's free fifth/sixth grade curricula available to educators. The curricula cover environmental topics related to land, water and air. The lastest curriculum unit was developed by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE) and teaches students about surface water and algae.

Coloring Book 

The Petals of Flower Hill coloring book teaches children about littering and pollution prevention.