Green School Lessons

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 Activities for Credit

For the 2019-20 school year, two types of credits are available: 1) teacher credits and 2) school credits for school-wide initiatives. See the Green School Program and Activity Guide for a full list. Items are submitted using a Google Form

Check your credits for your school here: Green School Lesson Share 2019-20
We will consider additional sources not on the list. If you have a source for Environmental Education content not included, contact to have it reviewed for addition to the list.

School-Wide Credits (submitted by Green School Coordinator)

  • Whole school recycling, composting, and conservation campaigns
  • Environmental education assemblies
  • Garden and environmental clubs
  • School garden workdays and green grounds projects
  • School event participation (MLK Service Site, Walk to School, fairs and science nights)
  • Custodial and cafeteria training and initiatives

Teacher Credits (submitted by teachers)

  • Professional development 
  • Classroom lessons from the preapproved lesson list. These can be a guest speaker or teacher led. 
  • Experiential learning and activities: tours, activities, and field trips
  • Service and community engagement: includes activities such as Litter Pick Ups, storm drain stenciling, stream testing, garden workdays, and volunteering.
Most activities count for one lesson credit for each participating class, even when the activity is repeated. See the program guide for point values. Report those activities using a Green School Activity Form. To find out which programs and activities are eligible for credit, please visit our Green School Program Guide.

Where to Find EE Lessons

Here are some great sources for Environmental Education information, lessons, and classroom resources.

ACC Green School Partners
Available for tours, presentations, and lessons
ACC Water Conservation Office
 Drinking Water Treatment Plant Field Trip
 Drip Irrigation System
 Little Lily's Pad Hop
 Project WET Certification - Teacher
 Project WET Lesson - Performed by teacher
 Teacher Drinking Water Treatment Plant Tour Attendance
 Teacher Wastewater Reclamation Facility Tour Attendance
 Volunteer for Athens Water Festival
 Water Conservation Assembly
 Water Conservation Campaign
 Water Conservation Lesson - Teacher Led
 Water Conservation Staff Visit (includes Lily Anne Phibian mascot)
 Water Drop Loan Box Rental
 Water Reclamation Facility Field Trip
 Water Resources Center Lab Tour - field trip add on
 Water Resources Center Presentation - field trip add on
Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful
 Chipper Volunteer Team
 Classroom Planting Activity
 Enviroscape Presentation - Classroom
Keep America Beautiful "How will you end littering" PSA Contest
 Inkjet Collection - Classroom (no duplicate credit)
 Inkjet Collection (no duplicate credit if individual teachers receive points)
 KACCB Lesson - Teacher Led
 KACCB Staff Visit (includes Bee Bee Clean mascot)
 Litter Audit - Classroom
 Litter Cleanup - Classroom
 MLK Day of Service Participation - Teacher or School Team
 MLK Day of Service Site
 Outdoor Classroom Workday
 Project WILD or Learning Tree Training - Teacher
 Tree Care (pruning or mulching) - Teacher Led
 Tree Planting or Arbor Day Activity
 Wartville Wizard Lesson
 Waste in Place Lesson
ACC Recycling Division
America Recycles Day Lesson
CHaRM Tour
Custodial Staff Recycling Training
Food Waste Reduction Campaign*
Green Life Expo Attendance - Teacher
GreenFest Art Submission (whole class & accurate theme)
Landfill & Compost Facility Tour
Read for Recycling Participation
Recycling Campaign*
Recycling Division Lesson - Teacher Led
Recycling Facility Tour
Recycling Staff Visit (includes Binny & Veto mascots)
School Battery Collection
School Film Plastic Bag Collection
School Recycling Team
School Wide Compost Collection
& Campaign
Special Item Recycling Drive
Teacher Recycling Division Tour Attendance 
Vulture Carrion Checkout
Waste Audit
ACC Stormwater Management Program
Freddie the Fish Lesson - Teacher Led
Project WET Stormwater Module Lesson - Teacher Led
Rain Barrel Workshop or Art Activity - Classroom
Rivers Alive Participation - Teacher or School Team
School Rain Garden Installation
Storm Drain Decaling - Field Trip
Storm Drain Decaling - On Campus
Stormwater Lesson - Teacher Led 
Stormwater Staff Visit (includes Tortuga mascot)
Stream Cleanup - Field Trip
Stream Cleanup - On Campus
Teacher Rain Barrel Workshop Attendance
Teacher Stormwater Event Attendance - Other
Teacher Water Sampling Event Attendance
Water Quality Testing Activity
Water Sampling - Teacher Led
Extension Office
After-School Garden Club
Classroom Vermicompost Bin
Extension Education Session (Free Monthly Gardening Class)
Extension Staff Classroom Visit
Farm Visit
Farmer Classroom Visit
Junior Master Gardener or SPROUTS Lesson - Teacher Led
Master Composter Classroom Visit
Master Composter Training - Teacher
Master Gardener Classroom Visit
Master Gardener Training - Teacher
Master Naturalist Training - Teacher
School Garden Site Visit
School Garden Soil Test
Schoolwide Garden Workday