Demand for environmental curriculum is going up in California schools.
State officials say K-12 teachers are requesting more material than ever to explain the state's water and wildfire emergencies.
The state agency CalRecycle has produced environmental curriculum for schools since 2010. Bryan Ehlers is with the agency. He says they're on pace to break records again this school year.
"The environment just happens to be that really intrinsically engaging topic," says Ehlers. "It’s connected to the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat. So, it’s relevant now. I think it’ll be relevant in the future."
The curriculum is tailored to students’ education levels. It explores everything from the global carbon cycle to where water comes from.
All of the material is free for teachers from CalRecycle at www.CaliforniaEEI.org.