General Educator Resources

Nature Works Everywhere

Teacher resources and interactive lesson plans aligned to standards. Nature Works Everywhere gives teachers, students and families everything they need to start exploring and understanding nature around the globe alongside Nature Conservancy scientists.

100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee

100 STEM Clubs have been established in partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools. The clubs provide mentorship and coaching during Saturday STEM sessions at three area high schools. Approximately 100 youth from 7 MNPS middle schools participate in these Saturday sessions which run from September through May.

Beetles Project

Infusing outdoor science programs with research-based approaches and tools to improve science teaching and learning. Professional learning resources designed for program leaders to use with field instructors. They provide experiences and rationale about outdoor science instruction designed to inspire instructors to improve their teaching. Student activities will inspire students’ wonder and curiosity about the natural world, support their innate tendencies for exploration and guide them to make explanations based on evidence.

Kentucky Green & Healthy Schools

Teacher guides which include questions, contacts, project ideas, and other resources to supplement student initiatives on the topics of energy; green spaces; hazardous chemicals; health and safety; indoor air quality; solid waste; transportation; and water.

Earth Force

Earth Force is committed to developing and delivering high quality programming that supports educators and provides opportunities to young people. Participating students demonstrate increases in 21st century skills such as problem-solving, civic action, and decision-making; participating educators notice an increase in their students’ interest in science; students increase their ability to meet academic standards; and educators increase partnerships with organizations in the community.

The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN)

TSIN aims to promote and expand the teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education in K-12 schools across Tennessee.

Tennessee Environmental Council (TEC)

TEC educates and advocates for the conservation and improvement of Tennessee's environment, communities, and public health. Program areas include sustainable practices, tree planting, watersheds support, radioactive waste education, and energy efficiency.

Tennessee Environmental Education Association (TEEA)

TEEA provides resources about environmental education in Tennessee, as well as a directory of local organizations by cost, program area, and region. They assist in the development and coordination of environmental education programs and activities for public schools through support from institutions, organizations and agencies.

Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEA)

SEEA is a network of state affiliates from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The website provides E-STEM resource kits.

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)

NAAEE hosts environmental education awards, certifications, annual conferences, and an educator network.

National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP)

NGCP aims to maximize access to shared resources among public and private organizations and institutions interested in expanding girls’ participation in STEM.


Resources that demonstrate why play and recreation is critical in shaping community health and wellness. Helpful for promoting research-based play and recreation initiatives in your community.

PENCIL Foundation

PENCIL recruits businesses that support Metro Nashville Public Schools with resources and volunteers.

Hands On Nashville (HON)

The mission of HON is to meet community needs through volunteerism.

YMCA Youth Development

At more than 1000 YMCA sites nationwide, youth are engaged in STEM activities that nurture their curiosity, inspire creativity and teach them how to succeed. Includes ideas for outdoor STEM activities.

Clinch River Environmental Studies Organization (CRESO)

CRESO provides middle, high school, and undergraduate students with opportunities for unique field research and extended learning experiences in areas of research design and protocols, data management and analysis, biology, and resources conservation and management and promoting community outreach.