Happy Earth Day: Environment-Themed Activities to Try This April

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, Discover Dairy has several free lessons that you can utilize with your students this month. 

“Dairy In Our Environment” Lesson. For there to be successful farms, there must be clean water. This lesson will explain the importance of connecting the farmer, the consumer and the environment. Students will learn the roles dairy farmers fill in protecting our environment, such as recycling. Click here to view the lesson

Age group? This lesson is ideal for students in grades 3-5.

“Sustainability in Dairy Farming” Lesson. To learn more about how dairy farmers display sustainability day in and day out, check out our NEW lesson. From manure management to water conservation, dairy farmers respect the environment and work to reduce waste, recycle water, and conserve fossil fuels by becoming innovative in how they manage their farms. This lesson takes about 90 minutes of class time. Click here to view the lesson

Age group? This lesson is ideal for upper middle school and high school students.   

Want to take it a step further? Here are two other Earth Day connections you can make with students:

Cow Power and Gardening. CowPots are the only biodegradable pot made from 100% renewable and recycled cow manure. These biodegradable pots help you to have a more sustainable garden, reducing your reliance on plastic and peat. The porous pot walls encourage root penetration and healthy air pruning. For a fun classroom activity with your kids, these CowPots are ideal for home gardens or school gardens!

Dairy’s Surprising Tie to Renewable Energy. The U.S. dairy industry is committing to carbon neutrality by 2050. See how dairy farmers are using “cow power” — among other sustainable practices like manure management — to ensure dairy is part of the environmental solution. Watch this short, three-minute video.