Environmental Education: Free Materials for Teachers and Students

Environmental Education: Materials for Teachers, Students and other Educators

There are free educational resources about the environment, environmental science and environmental engineering for students, teachers and scientists. They are provided by a variety of sources, including government agencies like the EPA and NIEHS and non governmental institutions. Below are links to many of these resources:

Student's section

Teacher's section

Science Visits Section

Students of all ages, check out the materials and activities this site has to help you understand links between human health and the environment! Find out about summer research and job opportunities!

  • Homework Resources - Links to websites and information that can help you with your work
  • Online Activities - Interactive websites that explain how the environment can affect human health
  • Summer Opportunities - Learn how you can do summer research or apply for a job at the NIEHS
Check here for an array of classroom activities and curricula, easy access to reference materials based on reliable environmental health research, and professional development opportunities.
  • Curricular Material - Find a variety of educational materials, many of which are standards-based, to expose your students to environmental health concepts
  • Lesson Resources - Use these factsheets, booklets and news articles to enhance your science lessons
  • Professional Development - Learn about professional development opportunities around the country and research opportunities at NIEHS
Giving a presentation to your child's class? Looking for examples of how to explain what toxicology or environmental health is? Here are many links to activities, tools and resources.

Classroom Visits:

Science/Career Fairs:

Tours of NIEHS:

  • For K thru 12 students and teachers
  • Tour of the NIEHS Campus
  • An inside look at career options available in biomedical research
  • Video of NIEHS, overview of research and much more!
  • More information on NIEHS tours / Request Form


As part of its education outreach efforts, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences offers educational tours/visits of the Institute, as well as classroom visits by NIEHS scientists. The tours offer K thru 12 students and teachers the opportunity to learn about a wide range of fascinating topics related to environmental health, along with an inside look at some of the career options available to those who are considering employment in biomedical research.

Institute tours are conducted weekdays during normal business hours (8:30 am to 5:00 pm) and are reserved on a first-come first-served basis. Our standard tour packages usually last from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the specific needs of each group. They may include any or all of the following components:

  • A 10-minute video titled "Your Environment is Your Health" that gives audiences a brief overview of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the research it conducts on the health effects of environmental agents.
  • A 30-minute oral presentation by one of our senior program staff that outlines some of the exciting work being done by NIEHS scientists and grantees on the health effects of such agents as lead, mercury, pesticides, indoor and outdoor air pollutants and ultraviolet light.
  • A brief overview of a specific research initiative from one of our senior scientists that includes the primary mission and objectives, examples of current projects, and potential applications for the treatment and prevention of human diseases.
  • A brief hands-on presentation that features simple demonstrations in laboratory techniques, physical and chemical properties of different substances, and basic environmental concepts.
  • A discussion of the NIEHS K thru 12 science education program, which highlights student and teacher resources and activities for use in the classroom.
  • An overview of the Summers of Discovery Program, which provides summer job opportunities for high school, college undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences.
  • Important information about NIEHS funding opportunities for graduate and postdoctoral students, and career scientists.
  • A guided tour of the NIEHS campus and main building that includes a look at some of the laboratory areas where NIEHS scientists do their research. Students must be at least 16 years of age in order to participate in laboratory tours.

If you would like to learn more about our tour opportunities or arrange for a visit, please fill out the request form.

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Classroom Visits:

In cases where a field trip to NIEHS may not be feasible, NIEHS staff is available for off-site visits to public and private schools, colleges, and universities within a 50-mile radius of Research Triangle Park. We offer both a general overview that includes a discussion of the Institute's mission and programs, and a more focused presentation package that covers a specific research agenda.

The general overview visit includes the 10-minute video "Your Environment is Your Health," and a 30-minute presentation on the cutting-edge research conducted by NIEHS scientists on the health effects of heavy metals, pesticides, indoor and outdoor air pollutants, and other environmental agents that cause human illness.

Those who want an overview of a specific program will learn about its scope and purpose, examples of past and current projects, and potential applications for the treatment of environmentally-related illnesses. The actual content will depend on the specific interests of the class, and the availability of Institute researchers. Each program also includes a brief question-and-answer session in which students have the chance to follow up on some of the environmental health issues being discussed.

If you would like to learn more about our tour opportunities or arrange for a visit, please fill out the request form.

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Science/Career Fair:

NIEHS staff are often able to help out at local science fairs and career fairs. Please let us know the dates, location and other logistical information of your event to meet your needs.

If you would like to learn more about our tour opportunities or arrange for a visit, please fill out the request form.

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