Guides and Insights

Whole classroom support to help you teach effective environmental education.

Every educator is an environmental educator. 

Standards Alignment Guides

Suggested outlines for incorporating our free materials into your standards-aligned curriculum.

Workers sweep plastic debris washing over seawall

AP Environmental Science Unit 8: Plastic Pollution and Solid Waste

This guide outlines our suggestions for how to incorporate our resources into your Advanced Placement Environmental Science Unit 8 curriculum on aquatic and terrestrial pollution.

Grades 10 to 12
2 to 6 hours

Close up of sand grains and plastic particles.

NGSS MS-PS1-3 Synthetic Materials

This guide will outline our suggestions for how to use a few of our resources to teach about the following Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Performance Expectation: MS-PS 1-3 Gather and make sense of info to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.

Grades 6 to 8
Variable Timing

Guide image tile- plastic bag floating under water


NGSS MS-ESS 3-3 Human Impact - "Plastic Ocean" 

This guide will outline our suggestions for how to use a few of our resources to teach about the following Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Performance Expectation: MS-ESS 3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

Grades 6 to 8
Variable Timing

How-to Guides

Here you’ll find how-to guides to help you maximize the resources and support found on Wayfinder Society for Environmental Education.

Contents of the Plastic Ocean Teaching Kit (Previously called the Debris Science Investigation Kit)

What to expect from Wayfinder Society toolkits

What are Wayfinder Society’s Toolkits? Our toolkits provide educators with out-of-the-box activities that help students explore environmental issues.

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Get the most out of Wayfinder Society lessons

What are Wayfinder Society’s Lessons? Free, Digital, but also printable, Ready to use, Editable, and more!

Ideas for using the Student Hub to empower your students to take action

All you need to know about how to use our Student Hub in your classroom, with sign instructions and inspiration.


Here we’ll share our collective thoughts, advice, and inspiration that we think will advance our ability to teach effective environmental education.

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.


“Because of Algalita, I don’t feel alone in trying to solve one of the most difficult issues facing our environment today.”

-Christine Davis, Student