Education Programs

To succeed as global citizens and future stewards of our planet, children and young adults should be well-versed in the underlying principles of nature and wildlife. Through educational programs focused on conservation and environmental knowledge, the National Wildlife Federation provides ways to create a lasting base of environmental literacy, stewardship, and problem-solving skills for today's youth.

The National Wildlife Federation helps communities across the nation develop their own beautiful and much-needed wildlife habitats where they live, work, worship, and learn. Nearly 5 million people at over 235,000 locations have been reached through our Garden for Wildlife and Community Habitats programs, and in 2019 alone, our programs served more than 12 million young people and involved nearly 170,000 educators. The Education and Garden for Wildlife Map illustrates how the National Wildlife Federation is helping communities all around the country create, maintain, and enhance wildlife habitats.


PreK to 12

From prekindergarten through high school, these programs provide educators with engaging resources to develop nature-based experiences and knowledge.

Eco Schools USA

Eco-Schools USA

Eco-Schools USA provides a unique learning experience through effective "green" management of school grounds, facilities, and curriculum.

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Schoolyard Habitats

With Schoolyard Habitats® students create and restore wildlife habitat on their school grounds, which in turn serve as outdoor classrooms.

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Trees for Wildlife

Trees for Wildlife™ educates youth about the importance of trees and how to plant and sustain them both locally and across the nation.

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Earth Tomorrow

Earth Tomorrow creates education and leadership development opportunities for youth in communities across Atlanta.

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Based on obesity prevention research, ECHO™ helps provide Colorado kids with daily access to quality outdoor learning environments.

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Higher Education and Beyond

For students pursuing education with a college or university, these programs provide resources and support for building job skills and careers in the sustainability sector.

EcoLeaders fellowship group


As EcoLeaders, college students develop leadership skills, access resources, and network through an online community.

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Campus Greening

Colleges and universities are protecting wildlife and habitat, and improving their campuses’ overall green educational programming and on-site sustainability.

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Through an online career center and annual conference, EcoCareers prepares students and young professionals for the growing green economy.

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Where We Work

More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. We're on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 52 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.

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Regional Centers and Affiliates