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Share your story! Connect to fellow educators!

CLEARING is more than just a great place to find ideas and resources for environmental education. It is also a place to share your knowledge and experience with your fellow teachers. Consider submitting an article that tells your environmental education story. What did you do? How was it unique? What obstacles were overcome? How did your students benefit? Contact us for more information.


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EE Research: Place-based Learning

Place-based learning connects experience, outdoors, and sustainability from EE Research Bulletin Nicole Ardoin, Editor As the focus on promoting sustainability through environmental education has increased, so has the scrutiny on outdoor education programs, which may not always lead to increased sustainable behaviors. In fact, this paper’s author suggests that some outdoor education programs may have […]

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4-H Urban-Rural Exchange

By being on the land and walking in the shoes of their host families, students begin to understand more deeply how and why Oregonians manage the land the way they do. By Maureen Hosty With contributions from Gary Delaney, Deb Schreiber, John Williams, Jed Smith and Shana Withee regon is a state of great socioeconomic […]

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Digging Deeper

by David A. Greenwood, Lakehead University, Canada As part of the 2009 North American Association of Environmental Education Research Symposium, this article addresses the cultural and theoretical frameworks that we bring to environmental education, the web of ideas and experiences that define the scope and purpose of the work in its geopolitical context. Originally delivered […]

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A While in the Wild: Educating for Environmental Empathy

A While in the Wild: Educating for Environmental Empathy Experiences in wild nature, the leadership of a significant adult, and the educational support of the classroom offer powerful tools in shaping students toward lifelong leadership in environmental stewardship.   by Fay Mascher M.Ed., Cayley School Jonas Cox Ph.D., Gonzaga University Charles Salina Ph.D., Gonzaga University […]

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Ear to the Ground – Ryan Monger, Sultan High School

An Interview with Ryan Monger Winner of 2015 EPA Presidential Award for Innovation in Environmental Education   Ryan Monger, Sultan High School Sultan, Washington Ryan Monger, an environmental education teacher of students in grades 9 through 12 at Sultan High School in Sultan, Washington, uses this small, rural community as an outdoor classroom to encourage […]

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Wild Words: A guide to integrating creative writing into field-based education

Wild Words: A guide to integrating creative writing into field-based education by Becca Deysach “I’ve always wanted to write but never gave myself permission.” This sentiment is the one I have heard most frequently since I began teaching creative writing several years ago.  I’ve heard it from my college students, patients at a mental health […]

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