Flat Stanley and Stella Arrive at EPA!

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By Jeanethe Falvey and Jessica Orquina

We’re excited to tell you that Flat Stanley and Stella have arrived at EPA! Never heard of Flat Stanley and Stella before? The Flat Stanley Project connects families, students, and classrooms around the world with other children or classrooms participating in the Project by sending out “flat” visitors through the mail (or digitally, with The Flat Stanley app). Children then talk about, track, and write about their flat character’s journey and adventures.

With EPA, Flat Stanley and Stella will be bringing children along on their adventures to learn about the environment and how we can protect it together. Children will be able to follow Flat Stanley and Stella on these adventures by reading our new blog, Stanley and Stella Explore the Environment. This blog will feature monthly stories written to help build reading and science skills for elementary age readers. Each story will be posted at first, second, and third grade reading levels.

Here’s how parents, teachers, and students can participate:

  • Share these adventures and activities as a classroom or family.
  • Print EPA’s official characters, or color your own. (You can download these characters from our blog or The Flat Stanley Project website.)
  • Include these characters in the suggested activities at the end of each story or in your own adventures.
  • Share photos with your characters via the Official Flat Stanley website or apps!

The stories and activities on Stanley and Stella Explore the Environment can be followed in a classroom, after-school program, or at home! Start today by reading about Flat Stanley and Stella’s first adventure at EPA with the National Parks Service, where they travel to Yellowstone to look for the environment!

We hope these stories and activities are fun, and that they inspire children to explore their surroundings and develop a lasting curiosity about our environment.

About the authors:
 Jeanethe Falvey writes from EPA’s Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education, as the project-lead for Pick 5 and the State of the Environment, two projects geared towards learning, sharing and gaining a greater collective connection to our environment. She writes from Boston, Massachusetts with a mind that never left the state of Maine.

Jessica Orquina works in the Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education as the social media lead for the agency. Prior to joining EPA, she served as a public affairs specialist at another federal agency and is a former military and commercial airline pilot. She lives, works, and writes in Washington, DC.