15 activities for World Environment Day

Last updated: 08/05/2024
15 ideas for World Environment Day
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Inspire and encourage a passion for the environment with these 15 activity ideas celebrating World Environment Day including helpful links, videos and further resources.

What’s included

  • Free printable PDF activity guide for World Environment Day — contains suggestions for learning activities, helpful links and further resources.
  • An editable version of the World Environment Day activity guide plus a handy PowerPoint to lead students through a ‘Connect with nature’ nature walk and reflection (subscribers only).

What is World Environment Day?

World Environment Day, led by the United Nations, takes place on 5 June every year and is a great opportunity to engage students of all ages in practical environmental action.

How to use this resource to celebrate World Environment Day

These 15 teaching activity ideas can be used with a wide range of age groups and are particularly suitable for pupils in primary and key stage 3. They focus on simple grassroots measures to combat climate change, protect ecosystems, encourage biodiversity and reduce carbon emissions.

They include activities that can be done in the classroom, like starting a recycling campaign, to simple fieldwork such as investigating soil quality. There is a PowerPoint of idea number 5 as you might want to display the activity instructions.

More teaching ideas for World Environment Day 2024

This year’s theme, ‘Our land. Our future. We are #GenerationRestoration’, will focus on land restoration, desertification and drought resilience. For more ideas and teaching resources to promote this year’s theme, check out our CPD article Ideas for World Environment Day.

One example of the ideas in this resource:

Connect with nature. Pupils take a walk outside and make a mental note of five beautiful things they can see, four natural things they can touch, three things they can smell, two things they can hear and one thing they feel. They can then discuss how being outside makes them feel.

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