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Posts from the ‘Perspective’ Category

Green Schools Programs

An overview of the green schools movement in North America and worldwide, including examples of successful green schools programs and their environmental and academic benefits. Includes recommendations for schools interested in implementing such programs.

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Learn from My Mistakes

A “dialectical” approach for training educators on how to teach more effectively in outdoor settings. The trainer models a poorly taught lesson, works with the students to identify the mistakes made, and provides solutions for correcting those mistakes. Aims to help highlight some of the common mistakes that outdoor educators make, such as those related to group position, delivery, content, pace, and professionalism.

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Exploring Alternate Futures

Activities for middle school students which enable them to critically and creatively explore potential and preferred versions of the future.

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To Monitor or Not to Monitor

Creating a citizen science team to collect baseline data on a local watershed.

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Waldkindergarten in Germany

How unconventional programs employ extended immersion in nature to foster empathy and stimulate intellectual development among young people.

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The TREK Program

For 20 years, this alternative Grade 10 program has offered students wilderness adventures combined with education for sustainability.

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Getting Down and Dirty: Studying Soil Samples from Around the Country

An activity for upper elementary students in which soil samples from around the country are exchanged and evaluated. Students gain knowledge of the correlation between soil composition and different kinds of terrain, and why different soils have greatly varied qualities.

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Introducing Biomimicry

Activities for elementary, middle, and high school students which examine products that use less energy and have fewer toxic components because they are inspired by designs in nature. Integrating the hopeful science of biomimicry into the curriculum provides opportunities for creative problem-solving exercises that challenge them to think, to ask questions and to create in a collaborative setting.

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Children’s Rights and Climate Change

Help young people realize the rights they have to a healthy planet and lifestyle with these activities from UNICEF Canada for middle and high school students.

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Singapore Sensory Trail

In this inter-cultural and inter-generational community project, expatriate students designed an interpretive trail to provide access to nature for visually impaired citizens of Singapore.

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Moving Toward Sustainability? The Face of Environmental Education in Singapore

The challenges of educating for sustainability in one of the world’s most highly urbanized settings.

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Water: Local Pollution, Global Confusion!

Activities for raising awareness of water quality problems and solutions, locally and globally, with middle school students.

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Climate Change and Regional Geography

Climate change can bring an immediate and pressing relevance to the study of geography, coaxing new ideas out of worn textbooks.

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Planet Transit: Profit or Survival?

A game of economic development choices and consequences for Grades 9 and up (ages 14+).

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Green Tsunami Rising: Environmental Education’s Third Wave

How can environmental educators prepare to exploit the current surge of interest in all things “green” to promote environmental literacy? Mike Weilbacher offers tips for riding the next green wave.

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Making Natural Connections

Two lessons help students at all grade levels to draw interdisciplinary connections between social studies and ecology, and to integrate civics, science and mathematics.

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