Blog posts tagged Education

    This Holiday Season, Help get iGen Outside

    This holiday season, a family hike or quick trip to a local park could offer more than a chance to escape the hustle and bustle. A new survey conducted by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) shows signs that these family outings may also be an important opportunity for parents to talk to their teens about the benefits to more outdoor time. The survey, which examines how teens across the country interact with the outdoors, finds parents, along with teachers, are their top sources for information about the environment.

    SnowSchool: Connecting Students to Snow, Water and Climate Science

    Last month I drove into the mountains outside of Boise Idaho and, as I went, I passed by the Nordic center that houses our local SnowSchool site. The tall wooden building stood quietly on the mountain slope, like a ponderosa pine patiently waiting the arrival of snow. But it was still August and there would be no 5th grade snowshoers exploring the mountain quite yet. A few miles further down the winding dirt road, I parked, got out and scrambled up a remote mountain ridge with some friends and family.

    eeWorks: From Anecdotes to Evidence

    Environmental education (EE) has made a remarkable and substantive impact throughout North America. However, to date, the field has relied more on engaging anecdotes to tell its story rather than demonstrating rigorous evidence of the impact that EE has on individuals, institutions, and the environment. Both anecdotes and evidence are critical to advance the field. Yet without the evidence that EE works to address environmental and social challenges, the field will not be able to realize its potential and attract the needed support to scale up efforts across the continent.

    Big Investments by a Small Foundation Take Outdoor School Statewide

    On Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, while voters across the country were taking part in an historic Presidential election, Oregon voters were making history of another kind: by a wide margin, they passed a citizen-initiated ballot measure that, for the first time in the United States, provides state-level funding for outdoor education.

    Healthy Kids, Healthy Planet: The Power of Food in Environmental Literacy

    October is National Farm to School Month, a six-year-old celebration of programs around the country working to connect kids to healthy food through cooking, gardening, and lunch trays filled with food from local farms.