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Suquamish Basket Marsh: Creating a Living Library

Traditional Ecological Knowledge The Suquamish Basket Marsh: Creating a Living Library An Outdoor Environmental Learning Classroom for the students of Suquamish Elementary School By Melinda West There is a Salish legend passed down by the First Peoples of the Pacific Northwest that explains the origin of the cedar tree and why it has been referred […]

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Place-based Education

The Time is Now for Place Based Education Schools are not just training grounds for children to learn content and job skills for twelve or more years before they are allowed back into broader society, ready to pursue their own individual enrichment. In the place-based education vision, schools and students become an integral part of […]

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Fire and Culture

Under water, on fire: Waking up to a new climate reality Spencer B. Beebe Founder, Executive Chair Ecotrust n this latest string of extreme natural disasters, we are clearly entering a new geological epoch — the Anthropocene. Portland woke up this week covered in ash and staring the impacts of global warming squarely in the […]

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Of Education and Place

Everyone Ought to Have a Ditch “What gets lost, when we focus on facts, are the initiation experiences, the moments of transcendence when the borders between the natural world and ourselves break down.” by David Sobel spend a lot of time these days talking with teachers, foundation directors, environmental educators, and evaluators about how to […]

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