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.

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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

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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

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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, 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. We want all participants walking away with some clarity and inspiration. Interested in joining us? Register below!


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In-Person Event
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2024 5 -8 PM PT

Grand Opening Party

Join us for an epic evening at Algalita headquarters celebrating Capt. Charles Moore and our sister nonprofit, Moore Institute for Plastic Pollution Research. The Moore Institute Lab is on track to become the first certified lab to test for microplastics in drinking water. Get an up close look of this cutting edge technology, connect with other community organizations, and enjoy food and drink. Attendees will also get the chance to be the first to see a short film honoring Capt. Charlie's legacy! Register for this local Long Beach event today.


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Virtual Event
WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2024 4-5 PM PT

End of Year Award Ceremony

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!


“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