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Restoration Planting: What’s the Rush?

Couple some basic curriculum organizers with focused questioning strategies to make your restoration projects coherent and effective environmental education experiences. by Jim Martin Environmental education should be a journey, one which captures our interest and imagination and leaves us with the tools to become effective stewards of the place where we live and work. Does […]

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Graffiti, Homelessness and Asthma: Facilitating Student-Powered Urban Environmental Education

By Shamu Fenyvesi Sadeh Portland State University, Center for Learning and Teaching West (NSF) If students were asked to define “environment” and “community” what would they come up with? What would it look like if students designed their own methods for investigating community environmental issues? What would it mean if the teacher encouraged students to […]

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Grades K-2: Sustainability

“The frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives” –  Indian Proverb Science – How do Plants Help Soil? Take two large baking pans (about 12 x 6 in.).  Place bare soil in one pan and line the other with grass sod.  Place the pans at a 20 – 25 degree slant […]

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Grades K-8: Watersheds

Crumple Your Own Watershed by Erica Ritter Make your own three-dimensional map, and use it to explore how flowing water defines the areas of land we call “watersheds.”  This activity provides opportunities for creativity and for meaningful discussion, a great combination for engaging students. (more…)

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