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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Green Initiatives - Environmental Education

DuPage County has contracted with SCARCE to provide professional teacher training and community outreach educational services through workshops, activities, newsletters and resources covering a wide variety of environmental topics.

SCARCE is currently offering environmental education professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers.  In addition, SCARCE is providing presentations to community groups including Scout Troops, Kiwanis, etc. and booths at community events.

Please visit the Teacher Training and Community Outreach sections of SCARCE's website at SCARCE for a list of upcoming workshops and more information on program offerings or call (630) 545-9710.

SCARCE offers an Earth Flag Certification Program for schools, businesses, religious organization, government entities and not-for-profits. To find out more, please visit SCARCE - Earth Flag (schools) or Earth Flag (businesses & organizations). The following is a list of the DuPage County Schools that have earned an Earth Flag.

This program is funded by DuPage County.

U.S. EPA Offers Free Environmental Education Resources for Students and Teachers 

  •  Life Cycle of a Soccer Ball (530H05001)
  • Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools (530K07002) 
  • Pack a Waste-Free Lunch (530H05002) 
  • Planet Protectors Club: Follow That Trail activity guide (530K98001)
  • Science Fair Fun: Designing Environmental Science Projects for Students Grades 6-8 (530K10002)
  • Service-Learning: Learning By Doing: Students Take Greening to the Community, Edition 3 (530K11001)

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Courses and Education

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County - Offers various programs for schools, resources for teachers, scout programs and many other programs to get people involved with all nature has to offer. Visit for opportunities.

Permaculture Certification & Courses - ongoing - McDonald Farm, Clow House, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville

The Resiliency Institute is offering several courses and certifications on permaculture. Topics include Edible Wild Plants Certificate, Feast on Flowers, Eat the Trees and Graze on Greens. Courses and certifications are available for a fee. For more information, visit the Resiliency Institute.

     Village of Lisle PrairieWalk Pond - May through the end of Fall - Lisle, IL 630-271-4115

    The Village of Lisle is offering 45 minute guided tours through the paths that encircle the two-acre PrairieWalk Pond. For more information, please read the Village of Lisle PrairieWalk Pond Flyer.