The Ecology Center Education Team creates learning resources to help K12 youth, educators, and families take informed action for healthy communities. 

Our programs 

  1. Focus on solutions to environmental issues impacting human health, such as: renewable energy, green chemistry, and waste reduction.
  2. Encourage young people to redefine our relationships to the earth and one another. 
  3. Provide practice with effective local action through research, advocacy, community organizing, and educating others.


Working with Schools

Supporting transformative practices and sustainability solutions in schools is a priority for the Ecology Center's Education Team. While learning is not limited to the classroom, we recognize the unique and pivotal role that schools play in moving our society toward a sustainable future. By becoming role models for institutional practice, schools can:

  • Demonstrate what is possible
  • Give young people practical experience with greener and healthier living 
  • Help students build the knowledge and attitudes required to bring about larger cultural change


Why is the Ecology Center uniquely positioned to do this work?

We have (1) experienced and creative educators, (2) a strong reputation within the community which opens doors for collaboration and outreach, and (3) an organization doing cutting edge environmental work which provides rich and locally relevant content for our education programs.

For more than 40 years the Ecology Center has brought engaging environmental programs on sustainability and recycling into Michigan classrooms. The Ecology Center is proud of its long-standing relationship with the City of Ann Arbor and the strong partnerships we have developed with the education community in southeast Michigan and across the state.


What makes Ecology Center Education so special? 

The teachers we work with say it best:

“I can’t find anything else out there that talks about these issues with kids!”

 “My students were really shocked by the information they learned. I don't think they are exposed to this perspective elsewhere.”

 “This is a fantastic way to make chemistry real and important for young people.”

“Intriguing questions encourage students to think outside the box and reflect on the evidence.”

“You cannot separate the science from its social context, and these programs do such a great job of helping young people make those connections.”

“My students are still talking about what they learned in your program weeks later. I can’t remember the last time one of my lessons got this kind of attention.”

“Teamwork, problem-solving, considering the consequences, and community action - these are skills we all need to practice. Our future depends on it!”

“I was glad the educator enhanced the program by explaining issues in Flint. The pictures and models were perfect to help us really visualize the systems and think in realistic terms about how we can act to protect our own communities.”

“I love how everyone gets involved!”


How can you support our education work?



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PFAS in Fast Food Packaging
Press Release  |  August 6, 2020
The new report shows that all six food chains sampled had one or more food packaging items that likely contain toxic PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances)—chemicals known to threaten human health.
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A new report, The Mattress Still Matters, released by the Ecology Center and the Getting Ready for Baby (GRfB) campaign makes it easier for parents to make an educated choice about crib mattresses and reveals a need for transparency in the crib mattresses market.
Dow Chemical
Press Release  |  June 10, 2020
In the wake of the recent historic flood in Mid-Michigan, state, federal and local authorities, and Dow Chemical Corporation must work with due diligence and transparency to protect the health of the residents, wildlife and the environment they rely on.
News  |  March 19, 2020
As we adjust to life during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all taking urgent steps to protect our health, the health of the people we love, and the health of people most vulnerable.  The rapid spread of the virus is forcing changes to our day-to-day lives at breakneck speed.
News  |  February 16, 2020
Residents fought to keep the plant from opening, and then to shut it down, for thirty years. As a health hazard and noxious neighbor, the incinerator drew protest from citizens, environmental coalitions, and Canadian leaders across the river since planning began in the mid 1970s
Press Release  |  November 6, 2019
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