ECO Girls engages girls in a wide range of eco-cultural activities that expand their experiences and modes of thought, provide a context for positive friendship building, inspire environmentally-conscious and community-minded action, and prepare girls for future leadership in the development of healthy, ethical, sustainable, and resilient human cultures on our earth.
“If a child is to keep alive [her] inborn sense of wonder, [she] needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with [her] the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”

—Rachel Carson, ecologist and author of Silent Spring
“We are sisters of this Earth—members of one powerful tribe.”

—Jada Pinkett Smith

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Dear Reader,

In celebration of Earth Day 2016, ECO Girls hosted an event called, “The Power of Water: An Earth Day Exploration!” At this event, we explored the wonders of water. Dr. Rebecca Meunich of the University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute led the group through a presentation on our freshwater ecosystems, watersheds, water pollution, and the freshwater filtration systems utilized to clean the water we consume and discard. The group then engaged in discussion about earth’s limited amount of freshwater; access to clean water; and a number of politics that are affecting Michigan residents’ access to clean and fresh drinking water. Collectively, the Eco Girls -- both young and old -- marveled at the power and strength of water as we shared stories and water-related anecdotes with each other.

We'd love to have you stay in touch with ECO Girls! Check out our new links on the website and the ECO Girls Facebook page. We have posted some inspiring articles about girls who model what being an Eco Girl is all about—they’re self-loving, intelligent, creative innovators who are thinking up new ways to protect the environment, and they are inspiring others in the process. Take a look at some of our latest environmental activity links that further emphasize the importance of being environmentally aware, and read our new article about food deserts in Detroit.

To all of the girls and families that have participated in ECO Girls, we thank you. If you’re curious about our history, read the story of how ECO Girls was developed. To learn more about our curriculum, activities, and funding sources for your own projects focused on kids and the environment, the resource guide that we created to share our work.

Check out the People page for news about what ECO Girls Program Managers LiLi Passarelli and Alyx Cadotte are doing this year in Indonesia and Hawaii.

We wish you a peaceful winter holiday season and will post news about our 2017 Earth Day event! 

The ECO Girls Staff

ECO Girls Resource Guide and Seed Bank of Ideas

The ECO Girls Resource Guide and Seed Bank of Ideas is an overview of the ECO Girls project and our programming. The collection includes quick facts, key concepts, policies, children's activities and reprints of unique publications produced by and adapted for ECO Girls during the first three years of our project (2011-2014). We hope that readers will find this guide both helpful and inspirational for fostering girls' environmental and cultural growth.

Download the Resource Guide PDF



Taking Action, Making Change

Key Concepts


Key Ideas

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