E.A.R.T.H. (Earth Awareness Researchers for Tomorrow’s Habitat) was started in Sedgwick County as an environmental education program for middle school classrooms.   E.A.R.T.H. was a program of K-State Research and Extension and funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).  The program’s primary focus is to educate middle schoolers about current issues in Air, Soil, Water and Living Resource. The curriculum includes 28 hands-on lesson plans.

E.A.R.T.H. is modeled after earth wellness festival  in Lincoln Nebraska. It was used by middle schools in 13 Kansas counties between 1999 and 2012, when funding was discontinued. The curriculum and resources are still available online for educators to use free of charge.

E.A.R.T.H. was designed and guided by a Steering Committee, consisting of professionals who are experts in the environment and/or youth education.


K-State Research and Extension:
Denise Dias, Project Supervisor
Tonya Bronlewee
Beth Drescher
Nancy Larson

Great Plains Nature Center:
Joyce Lent

City of Wichita:
Mark Bradshaw
Kay Drennen

USD 260, Retired:
Sandy Tauer



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