Category Archives: Environmental Education

Taking the Classroom to the Forest: A School’s Forest Fridays Program

By RILEY HOPEMAN and DAVID SOBEL Into The Woods Boot clad and bundled, seventeen kindergartners shuffle out of the heavy school doors. As they emerge, each breath suddenly becomes visible mixing with the cold, penetrating air. Standing poised at the … Continue reading

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Where Have All The Sharks Gone? A Teen Led Ecological Literacy Project

By JOE HARBER Joe Harber is the education programs director at the National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD and oversees programing and staff working with schools, teachers, and kids. Joe has been at the Aquarium for 13 years, and before that was … Continue reading

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Mapping McCabe: Connecting Curriculum and Community Through Environmental Education

by Susie Denehy and David Sobel The Reintroduction of Students into the Landscape Dorothy McCabe, thin, strong and well-preserved as a cedar post, had us captivated with her stories. We sat in the parlor of her old home twelve years … Continue reading

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Dynamic Landscapes, Dynamic Learning

By SHARYL GREEN For me, integrating technology into the curriculum has been adventurous, exasperating, humbling. At times it’s both an out-of-body experience and a zealous rush. I succeed at it because I’m surrounded by twenty, eager third graders, two fine … Continue reading

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Education through Restoration: Creating Meaningful Service-Learning Projects

INSTITUTE REFLECTION By MARIJKE HECHT Marijke Hecht is the Director of Education at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and alumnus of CWI’s Summer Institute on Service-Learning. She and her team of educators spent a week with CWI working on development of … Continue reading

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A Teacher Connects The Brain and Service-Learning

By SUE BOS As the last weeks of summer slip away, I find myself thinking more and more about the upcoming school year. It happens every year at this time; physically I’m still on vacation but my mind is on … Continue reading

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The Stone Wall Project: A Reflection on Hands-On Learning and Immovable Objects

by MARTINA DANCING EDITORS NOTE: The Stone Wall Project at Guilford Central School in Vermont was part of a long term effort to create and demonstrate the effect and power of hands-on place basedservice-learning experiences — for both students and … Continue reading

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The Art of Making Cider: Sometimes the Learning Stays Home

by DAVID SOBEL Ode to Autumn David Sobel is a regular essayist and contributing editor of Community Works Journal and is a Senior Faculty in the Education Department at Antioch University New England. He also coordinates Antioch’s new Nature-based Early … Continue reading

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The Time is Now for Place Based Education

By SARAH ANDERSON The urgency for experiential, hands-on “life learning” is just as imperative now as it was at the beginning of the 20th century. We need to continue taking down the walls between schools and the rest of the … Continue reading

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The Importance of Quiet

— NOTES FROM NEW MEXICO By KARY SCHUMPERT Teaching can be a noisy avocation. Visit the hallways of any middle or high school during the transition between classes. Pop into most elementary classrooms and there will be a steady hum, … Continue reading

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