Wayfinder Society Events

Our strength lies in our connections.

Join our open community as we listen, discuss, network, and share ideas
for teaching the most effective environmental education possible.

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.

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Virtual Event
WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2024 10AM PST and 6PM PST

Community Awards Celebrations

As the school year comes to a close, we are excited to celebrate the incredible students and educators across the globe who have received our Mini-Grant awards this past year! Not only is this event to spotlight these incredible change makers, but attendees will also have the chance to brainstorm and collaborate with movement members in their interest areas (ie advocacy, environmental justice, research, and more). Family and friends of awardees are more than welcome to join us as with any other community members!


Students discussing a system map at the whiteboard.

JUNE 17, 2024 4-5pm PT

Overview of Our Plastic Pollution Teaching Resources

Want to incorporate plastic pollution into your curriculum but don't know where to start? We have many  free resources for Grades 4-12 including lessons, science toolkits, and more. Join us for an overview of our resources and get ideas for incorporating this important topic into your curriculum. Our resources will help you bring current, real-world environmental science education into your classroom, whether it's through the NGSS standards, climate change literacy, marine bio, AP Environmental Science or your school's Green Team.


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

In-Person Event
FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2024 11 AM - 1 PM PT

Educator Workshop - Synthetic Sand Lunch and Learn

Come learn about environmental monitoring techniques and collect your very own synthetic sand samples to take back to your classroom at our upcoming Educator Lunch and Learn on Friday, June 28th from 11am-1pm PT. We'll meet at Algalita's headquarters in Alamitos Bay Landing and then make our way over to the beach before assembling the teaching kits and having some lunch at our Education Center. Used by educators across the United States, this toolkit is a great resource for students to learn about microplastics and their impact on our environment.


Past Events

Missed an event? Watch our recorded events, or read about our key takeaways, below.

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Virtual Event
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2024 4 -5 PM PT

Navigating Your Future: Pathways to Eco-Professions

From policy and storytelling to research and philanthropy, there are so many existing and new emerging career pathways all aimed at making a meaningful impact on our planet and communities. Whether you are a student exploring options or a seasoned professional looking to switch things up, this virtual event will shed light on the broad array of professions that contribute to a healthy planet by spotlighting the stories and experiences of real professionals in our network.


Students sitting in a line on stage in front of other students

Online Event

Student Mini-Grant Information Session

This recording is from our virtual Student Mini-Grant Information Session on February 7, 2024.Our Student Mini-Grant is our annual offering for students ages 11-25 across the globe who are looking for financial support for their personal education, school and community projects, internships, networking events, etc. connected to addressing the plastic crisis.


Project image card - copies of the book Plastic Ocean on a table

Online Event

Uplifting Policy Updates to Inspire Your Students

This recording will 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 dive into how we can use these policies to bring hope, inspiration, and motivation to your students


Project image card - copies of the book Plastic Ocean on a table

Online Event

The Story of Plastic Classroom Guide Walkthrough

Algalita created a classroom experience guide to complement The Story of Plastic documentary. Since it’s release in 2019, this film has become a pivotal tool for educators globally to teach about plastic pollution and it’s impact on people and planet. This recording is from a Zoom event that walked participants through this resource to help educators incorporate this tool into their curriculum.


Project image card - copies of the book Plastic Ocean on a table

Online Event

Introducing the “Plastic Ocean” Lesson Series

Join us and the group of educators helping us create classroom lessons inspired by our keystone book, “Plastic Ocean,” written by our founder Captain Charles Moore. We present the new lessons and and discuss different ways to use this comprehensive teaching tool in your class.


Students talking outdoors at a conference

Past Event

Student Hub Launch and Tour

Join us for a walkthrough of the Wayfinder Society Student Hub where you can engage your students in home, school, and community level action projects that turn their environmental knowledge into action.


Students in an event hall with some raising their hands

Recorded Event

What is Wayfinder Society for Environmental Education?

Learn about Wayfinder Society’s lesson plans, tool kits, how-to guides, grant programs, and student hub.


“Algalita provides first-class opportunities to learn from others [addressing] the same environmental issues. They treat students as leaders that have the chance to make a difference.”

-Pamela Weinstein, 7th Grade Educator