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CLEARING is a resource for teachers of environmental literacy, sustainability, and place-based education for the Pacific Northwest. It is a guide to the best resources, teaching ideas and strategies for K-12 and non-formal educators, and a way to share best practices for effective environmental literacy education. CLEARING is published quarterly online with a printed Compendium edition available once a year. Learn more.


SWEet! : Using Cascade Snowpack to Teach Climate Change

Climate Change Education SWEet!: Using Cascade Snowpack to Teach Climate Change by Padraic Quinn, Rachel Carson Environmental Middle School Padraic_Quinn@beaverton.k12.or.us Illustration by Bill Reiswig Three years ago I was given the opportunity to learn with the scientific leaders of climate change research as part of a teacher-research partnership through NASA, Oregon State University and the […]

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Using Links as Labs: First Green Connects Kids, Classrooms and Golf Courses

2014 E3 Green Apple Award Winners Using Links as Labs: First Green Connects Kids, Classrooms and Golf Courses  As the United States seeks to meet the rising need for graduates with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) degrees, First Green is filling the gap with its innovative program of using golf courses as learning labs. First […]

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11 Great EE Resources for July

Special thanks to Phyllis Dermer and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 1. Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation Grants K-12 teachers are invited to apply for grants to develop or implement environmental curricula that integrate hands-on ecology exercises into the classroom.  To facilitate learning and student empowerment, environmental curricula should be holistic and strive […]

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Are economies the only things that expand and contract?

Are Economies the Only Things that Expand and Contract? Do we need to inject more time for contemplation into our curricula? by Jim Martin CLEARING Associate Editor Photo by Jim Martin Concentration and contemplation. Expand and contract. Walk drive. Makes life varied, interesting, doable. In school, the intensity of work in the field or lab […]

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Gardens Grow Minds: The School as Green Educator

Gardens Grow Minds: The School as Green Educator   by Mary Quattlebaum “We have a garden! With flowers and butterflies!” The third graders beam as they describe their wildlife garden during my author visit to St. John the Baptist (SJB) School in Maryland. I thought about their enthusiasm and the dedicated teachers and parent volunteer, […]

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