Human Impact on the Environment


  • Oliver Takes Out the Trash

    In this animated video from PLUM LANDING, Oliver is bummed to discover that when you dump your trash, it doesn’t just go “away,” it goes to an actual place. In Oliver’s case, that “place” is a river. (But with some double-strength garbage bags and a trusty Jetpaxx, Oliver just might save the day!)

    Grades: 1-4
  • Follow the Water

    Ella and her dad, Mike, track the path of melting snow on a warm winter day, in this video from PLUM LANDING. They follow it out of their driveway, to a small brook, through a tunnel, and eventually all the way to the ocean. On their journey, they discover how water carries trash and pollution with it.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Go Plant a Tree

    Lucy and her friends plant trees with the city arborist, in this video from PLUM LANDING. They talk about how trees provide food and shelter for animals. They also discuss how trees help the environment by taking in carbon dioxide from the air and producing oxygen. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Race to Save Water

    Two families compete to see which can conserve the most water over one week, in this video from PLUM LANDING. They calculate and record how much water they use in their daily activities, such as showering, brushing their teeth, and flushing the toilet, and talk about ways to use less water for these and other activities. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Invaders!

    Players identify and remove invasive species from ecosystems around the world, in this interactive game from PLUM LANDING. But they must act quickly, before the invasive species use up all the resources!

    Grades: 1-4
  • Water Carries Everything

    Ella and her friends work with a scientist to measure the quality of a river’s water after it rains, in this video from PLUM LANDING. They collect water samples and run a series of tests. They record the water’s temperature, test for pollutants called phosphates, and measure how cloudy the water is. They find out that the water is fairly healthy and learn how they can help to keep it that way by preventing pollutants and trash from going into local waterways. 

    Grades: 1-4
  • Build a Watershed

    Students build a simple model of a landscape to see how water droplets flow and how the shape of the land helps collect water, in this video from PLUM LANDING. By adding materials such as food coloring or paper to their landscapes, they also see how water carries pollutants.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Finding Forests

    A group of friends explores an urban forest with a U.S. Forest Service ranger, in this media gallery from PLUM LANDING. They see how the network of trees and other green spaces creates a forest in the city, providing a habitat for birds, squirrels, and other forms of wildlife. They also learn how forests are like cities for animals, where many things live on trees, from the top of the canopy to the roots in the ground. They even find things living in the dead trees on the forest floor!

    Grades: 1-4
  • Navigate a Watershed

    A group of friends explores a watershed from the river to the sea, in this media gallery from PLUM LANDING. Along the way, they discover the many animals that live in mangrove swamps, see how people affect water resources, and learn how they can help keep waterways clean. 

    Grades: 1-4

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