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Teaching Resources

Enhance lesson plans and enliven classrooms with these resources. From traveling trunks to websites to classroom activities, we've listed the best of BLM's education resources.


A Teacher’s Guide to Energy on Public Lands
Intermediate Grades

This guide helps to teach students about the many energy resources on public lands in the United States using background information, graphic organizers, and hands-on activities. It was revised and updated in 2014 by BLM and the National Energy Education Development Project.  more>> 

Renewable Energy on the Public Lands: 
POWERing the Future
Intermediate Grades

This article describes the growing role of BLM public lands in the development of solar, geothermal, and wind power.  One on-the-ground public lands project is highlighted in each category, and instructions for two hands-on activities are included.  more >>

Airing Our Views: Public Input to Wind Project Planning
Intermediate Grades

In this role-play activity, students learn about a range of issues associated with the development of a proposed wind farm on the public lands, and try their hands at making land-use decisions that address the needs and concerns of various groups impacted by such development.  more >>

No Ordinary Windmills

This slide show provides a photographic journey through the process of installing wind turbines on a wind farm.   more >> 

Get Energized!
Grades 5-8

Get Energized! is an answer to the need for energy education.
Through engaging and entertaining interactive formats, the program
enables users to discover more about energy in a self-directed way.  more>>

Project Archaeology
Grades 4-7

Project Archaeology gives students a basic understanding of how archaeology works and teaches them to respect and protect our nation’s rich cultural heritage.  more>>

Holding onto the GREEN Zone: A Youth Program for the Study and Stewardship of Community Riparian Areas
Grades 5-8

This curriculum helps young people learn about riparian areas--those "GREEN Zones" found along the edges of rivers, streams, and lakes. A Student Guide includes both classroom and outdoor activities to help students understand these complex and exciting ecosystems. The Leader Guide provides background information and additional resources on the subject. more>> 

Oregon Native Plant Curriculum
Grades 9-12

This comprehensive ecoregional curriculum introduces students to plant concepts in general and to the native plants of Oregon in particular, and can be adapted for use across other ecoregions as well.  The curriculum includes background information for teachers, hands-on activities, and clearly organized lesson plans that integrate science with literacy, math, art, and other academic skills.  The non-profit Institute for Applied Ecology developed this curriculum, with vision and support provided by the BLM's Plant Conservation Programs in Oregon and Washington, DC; funding was provided through the Plant Conservation Alliance grant program with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. more>>

Science and Children Articles
Elementary and Intermediate Grades

BLM has authored more than 20 articles for  Science & Children , a magazine published by the National Science Teachers Association. Most articles have posters and classroom activities.  more>>

Public Lands: America’s Big Backyard
Grades 5-8

This brochure introduces students to some of the issues associated with the public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. A teacher’s page and two student activities are included.
English version and Spanish version

Silent Invaders
Intermediate Grades

Help students learn about invasive plants and animals, the problems they cause, what's being done, and how they can help.  more>>


Fire in Wildhorse Basin
Intermediate and Secondary Grades

“Ecoventures” that will expand students’ knowledge of wildfire and the sage-steppe habitat of the Western United States.   more>>   

Wildland Fire Primer: A Guide for Educators

This primer serves as an outline for educators interested in teaching students about wildland fire.  more>> 

Burning Issues
Intermediate and Secondary Grades

This interactive multimedia program helps students learn about the role of fire in ecosystems and wildland fire management practices.  more>>