Welcome to Wayfinder Society for Environmental Education

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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.

Educators at the beach for a workshop on microplastics in sand.

Online Event
OCTOBER 19, 2023 4 - 5:15 PM PT

Join us at the NAAEE Virtual Conference!

Are you going to be joining the 2023 North American Association for Environmental Education Virtual Conference this October? Join us for our Exhibitor Showcase, “Supporting Educators as Allies Within Environmental Movements”. During the session, we will explore the dynamic, free classroom resources and educator support system within Wayfinder Society for Environmental Education which is designed to empower educators and their students to learn the science behind and authentically participate in environmental movements like the one to end plastic pollution. The theme this year is "Together we thrive" - so we hope to connect with you at our session!


Workers sweep plastic debris washing over seawall

Online Event
MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2023 4:00-5:00 PM PT

Story of Plastic: Classroom Guide Walk Through

Discover how to integrate The Story of Plastic documentary into your classroom curriculum at our upcoming event! Join us for a virtual gathering where we'll delve into the film as a powerful tool to enrich student learning. The Story of Plastic is an eye-opening exposé that uncovers the harsh reality of plastic pollution and challenges the notion of plastic recycling as a viable solution. Through the film, you'll witness the inspiring efforts of individuals and groups around the world tackling this critical issue, including a special feature on our founder, Capt. Charles Moore, sharing Algalita's impactful journey. How to take part? Simply register below to receive a free viewing link and watch the documentary ahead of the event.


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.

**Launching in August!**

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.