Welcome to Wayfinder Society for Environmental Education

Powered by Algalita.

Free environmental education lesson plans, classroom toolkits,
activity guides, and more for all grade levels.

Expertly curated. Created around current issues.

Real Issues
and Real Solutions

Lesson plans and labs include real data. They are designed with experts working in the field.


Empower students with engaging interactive activities for exploring environmental issues.

Community Based
Activity Guides

Give students hands-on experiences making change within in their homes, schools, and communities.

Interdisciplinary Ideas, Important Topics, and Inquiry Based Activities

Turn knowledge into action

Free Upcoming Events

Connect with our network of environmental educators!
Check out our upcoming events to meet other educators on this journey - virtually or in-person.

Workers sweep plastic debris washing over seawall

Virtual Event
WEDNESDAY, December 13, 2023 4 -5 PM PT

Uplifting Policy Updates to Inspire Your Students

Join us for our next virtual professional development event for educators all about uplifting policy updates to inspire your students! We’ll get you up to date on local California legislation, national policy, and global treaties including the Break Free From Plastic Act, The UN Global Treaty on Plastic, and more. Together, we'll delve into how we can use these policies to bring hope, inspiration, and motivation to your students. Simply register below to join us for this free virtual event for educators!


Workers sweep plastic debris washing over seawall

In-Person Event

Educator Lunch and Learn: Synthetic Sand

Come collect your very own synthetic sand samples to take back to your classroom at our upcoming Educator Lunch and Learn: Synthetic Sand event! After sifting through and collecting our beach samples, we'll make our way back to our research and education center to enjoy lunch while we put together the teaching toolkits. This toolkit is a great resource for students to learn about microplastics and their impact on our environment. Interested in joining us? Register in the link below.


People talking at an event.

Virtual Event
WEDNESDAY, February 7, 2024 4-5 PM PT

Student Mini-Grant Information Session

Attention Environmental Educators and Students: we'll be awarding a total $15,000 in mini-grants to students around the world looking for financial support for their personal education, school and community projects, internships, networking events, etc. connected to addressing the plastic crisis. Register for our virtual information session using the link below to learn everything you need to know about eligibility, requirements, and the application process.


Our community is as strong as our connections with each other.

Our Partners

Explore lessons and activities designed by the world’s most
respected plastic pollution solutions experts.

Environmental Education
Lesson Plans and Activities

For teachers wanting environmental education materials, with
the flexibility to fit any classroom.

Free, always.

Lesson Plans

Explore a comprehensive, standards-based lesson plan library using current data and backed by scientific research. Free for all grade levels.

Classroom Toolkits

Free interactive toolkits designed to get students involved with interactive, dynamic lessons. Help students take action as they learn.

How-to Guides

Free guides to help teachers navigate environmental education challenges. Get the support you need to teach environmental education to all types of learners.


Apply for a Wayfinder grant. Get financial support for field trips, lab materials, and more.

Virtual Events

Connect with the Wayfinder team and other environmental education educators through fun, interactive, monthly events.

Student Hub

Connect your students to free self-guided resources that augment classroom learning – including videos, environmental actions, and grants.

Journey Together

Learn from fellow educators.

Explore case studies and ideas on how to use Wayfinder Society’s
environmental educational resources in your classroom.

Create a dynamic classroom
for your students

Our environmental education materials are designed
to empower students and support educators.

Here’s how.


engage students in science practices and build environmental literacy.


that make environmental education interesting and relevant for all learners.

to create

a more just world by helping students learn to advocate for themselves.

About Algalita

We’re Algalita, the non-profit behind Wayfinder Society.

We have over 25 years of experience investigating and teaching about the plastic problem.
We’re helping educators lead, inspire, and empower students in and outside of the classroom.

We envision a world where plastic pollution is unthinkable.

We believe every educator is an environmental educator.

We’re champions for those who believe in their power to make change.