Teacher Tips Ways to Teach High School Students about the Environment

High school students learn best when they know why they should care about something. Field trips introduce students to the needs of the environment. The field trips can take place at a park or beach, or just a simple walk around campus or the neighbor can inspire students to care about the environment.


High school student need to see the connectedness of themselves to the world around them. Teachers can show students how they affect the environment by what they eat, and how they live.

Many options

The environment is a huge subject with many different avenues to take in teaching it. Pollution, ecology, gardening, and ecosystems are possible subjects in teaching about the environment. Determine what students most care about, and then teach toward that subject.

Field trips

Trips do not have to be expensive or far. If the school is near a dump, river, or beach, the possibilities are many. Looking at a dump, students could find useful things that people have thrown away. Along a river, students can see how pollution harms the surrounding area and the water. Beach cleanups can open the eyes of, not only high school students, but also teachers and their chaperones. Students may find birds with fishing line wrapped around a neck or hooks caught in the bird’s beak.

Campus trips

By looking in garbage cans, students can see just how wasteful many students are. Stress the many useful things that people throw away. Some campuses have gardens. Students can have a plot and grow things. Students can observe the many creatures that use the garden from insects to worms and then people.

Sustainable projects

Visit Sustainable projects, which organizations have set up, to help restore habitats and species. Sustainable prison projects allow students to see the results of caring for the environment. The project shows how composting, growing fruits and vegetables, and also projects, like raising native frogs and growing native grasses restores an ecosystem.

Environment report

Students can share a report about the things they observed, like real environmentalists. They can learn what the report includes and how scientists work to change the outcomes of the problems.

High school students may seem uninterested when lectured about the environment. Once they see the value of it, they will learn and pass their learning on to others. Use hands-on experiments and field trips to spark the interest of teens. Students learn by watching what others do. Show them how to care for the environment by demonstrating it yourself.