Earth Day Project Ideas

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Use these fun project ideas to help students understand the importance of Earth Day. You'll find easy-to-follow directions and some additional resources for helping students learn about their environment.

Nature Scrapbooking

This project gives students the chance to learn more about the unique features of their environment.


  • A scrapbook
  • A camera or art supplies for drawing

What to Do:

Have students explore the local area by looking around the school, their backyard, at parks and more. They should take pictures of the plants, trees and animals they see. They can even collect some samples or draw pictures of what they find! Have them label everything clearly and explain what it is. They can also include a section on the environmental dangers faced by their area, as well as suggested solutions that can help improve these issues!

Quick Tip:

Help your students build their understanding of the value of the outdoors with this lesson on natural resources. This lesson can help students focus on the natural world around them!

Recycling Goals

Students can work on this project to learn about the benefits of recycling and how it can be done.


  • Poster board
  • Art supplies


Have students research the recycling options available in their area. Have them record and display this information. Have students focus on individual recycling possibilities by instructing them to study the amount of trash produced by their household. Students should work on figuring out how much of this trash could be recycled or even donated! Have them include all of their findings on the poster board. Give them the freedom to design their poster however they'd like!

Quick Tip:

You can help your students learn more about this subject with this lesson on recycling. They can also work on learning more about pollution and landfills to help support their project.

Scavenging Nature

Your students will set up their own scavenger hunt with this project!


  • Poster board
  • Art supplies
  • Video camera (optional)


Have your students explore their neighborhood, the area around school or a park. They can record any natural items of interest that they find, carefully documenting each location and its importance. You can also direct them to note any trash or pollution that they find, as well as how it affects the natural environment. They can display their findings on their poster, or even as a video, and create scavenger hunt handouts for others to follow their footsteps!

Quick Tip:

Your students can focus on learning about sustainability. This subject can help them develop their project by providing examples of the dangers of unsustainability on the environment.

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