Resource & Book Reviews

Trees as Storytellers

he thought of talking trees conjures up images of the fantastical. Tolkien’s ents patrol the forest, Baum’s forest of fighting trees throws apples at Dorothy, and Marvel’s Groot guards the galaxy. Or, perhaps, we think of those who speak for the trees that cannot...

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All You Need is Love

Four Lessons in Global Education from the Beatles By Sean Gaillard, June 19, 2017 Editor's note: Sean Gaillard, principal of Lexington Middle School in Lexington, North Carolina, is a huge proponent of international collaboration for students in his school. In this...

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Book Review: Place-based Education

Enlivening Students   by Gregory A. Smith   Review of Sarah Anderson’s, Bringing School to Life: Place-Based Education across the Curriculum (Lanham, Massachusetts: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) or the past two decades, books and articles written by place-...

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Marine/Aquatic Education: Nudibranch Population Dynamics

The search for sea slugs Linking non-divers to the excitement of ocean discovery by Elise Pletcher Citizen Science and Volunteer Coordinator The Marine Science and Technology Center Highline College he Nudibranch Team is a citizen science volunteer program at the...

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Garden of Wisdom

News release submission for CLEARING Magazine - February 2017 The Garden of Wisdom A peace-building program among environmental educators and conservationists in the Middle East inspires children to love and nurture the natural world. Please help us to publish our...

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Jim Martin: Is Science Communication?

Is Science Communication? Can students, moving around and talking, do science? by Jim Martin CLEARING Associate Editor You’re trying to answer a question. Student work groups have designed their own investigations to understand the question, develop inquiries to...

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Why Garden in School? (Part 4)

Can School Gardening Help Save Civilization? (An Essay in Four Parts) by Carter D. Latendresse The Catlin Gabel School Abstract This paper is an argument for gardening in schools, focusing on two months of integrated English-history sixth grade curriculum that...

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How Big is Science? Can I Discover its Dimensions?

How Big is Science? Can I Discover its Dimensions? There is great beauty in thoughts well conceived and clearly expressed. This is science, when it is skillfully done. by Jim Martin CLEARING Associate Editor (Photo by Jim Martin also!) When I first taught high school...

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Students’ Lived Experience

Effective Education: Turning the Classroom Inside Out By Indira Dutt s a child at school I remember sitting in a stuffy portable looking out the window to the field and houses beyond. I felt constrained: my seat was attached to the desk, the classroom was just barely...

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Why Garden in School (Part 1)

Can School Gardening Help Save Civilization? (An Essay in Four Parts)   by Carter D. Latendresse The Catlin Gabel School Abstract This paper is an argument for gardening in schools, focusing on two months of integrated English-history sixth grade curriculum that...

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Helping Teachers Gain Competencies in a Technological Age

Helping Teachers Gain Competencies in a Technological Age Is Active Learning, Learning? by Jim Martin Because active learning requires practice and feedback on thinking like an expert (a scientist), it demands considerably greater subject expertise by the teacher. . ....

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EE Research: Storytelling as a Tool for Young Learners

EE Research: Storytelling as a Tool for Young Learners Using storytelling is the best way to engage very young students from EE Research Bulletin Nicole Ardoin, Editor Research suggests that lasting attitudes toward nature and the environment form in the first few...

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Book Review: The Sixth Extinction

Reviewed by Mike Weilbacher The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History By Elizabeth Kolbert Henry Holt. 319 pp. $28 We inhabit an extraordinary planet overflowing with an abundance of life: massive coral reefs built by billions of tiny invertebrates, rain forests...

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Book Review: A Pedagogy of Place

What is Outside of Outdoor Education? Becoming Responsive to Other Places By David A. Greenwood A review of Wattchow, B. & Brown, M. (2011). A Pedagogy of Place: Outdoor Education for a Changing World. Clayton, Victoria: Monash University Press. As someone who follows...

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Earth Tales and Activities

The Power of Storytelling: Earth Tales and Activities   Show the Way for Living in Balance by Michael J. Caduto ©2014 All Rights Reserved From Siberia to the tip of South America, and from Africa to Polynesia, stories have grown from the very Earth upon which...

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EE Research: Using Inquiry-Based Activities to Teach Science

Using Inquiry-Based Activities to Teach Science from EE Research Bulletin THE RESEARCH: Tan, A.-L. & Wong, H.-M (2012) ‘Didn’t get expected answer, rectify it' — Teaching science content in an elementary science classroom using hands-on activities. International...

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Integrating STEM and Sustainability through Learning Gardens

Integrating STEM and Sustainability Education through Learning Gardens: A Place-Based Approach to the Next Generation Science Standards by Sybil S. Kelley and Dilafruz R. Williams; Portland State University ur ecological and social problems are deeply interconnected....

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Re-thinking Trash

Re-thinking Trash with Students! Getting youth—and anyone—to reconsider their trash can be difficult, but that’s what Trash for Peace, a Portland-based nonprofit, does. The organization aims to help people reduce waste through functional art by using the items we...

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Teaching Stewardship Through Native Legend

Teaching Stewardship Through Native Legend Abstract: This article provides the reader with a general background of Alaska Native education and resource conservation, focusing on southeast Alaska cultures. European contact severed these education models by creating...

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Using 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...

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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...

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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...

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Using snowpack data for inquiry, graphing and analysis

Middle School Students Use Historic Snowpack Data to Gain Inquiry, Graphing and Analysis Experience by Joe Cameron Beaverton Middle School teacher   What do you get when you mix researchers, teachers, authentic science opportunities and a group of GREAT people?...

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Don’t call it “Climate Change”

Barack Obama, scientists and campaigners have all looked at how to engage Americans more powerfully on the environment. Now researchers have come up with one critical piece of advice: do say "global warming", don't say "climate change". New research released on...

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NOAA: Bridging art and science to protect salmon habitat

Balancing waterfront development with the needs of salmon is a continuous challenge that requires innovative thinking. To step outside the box, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Pacific Northwest College of Arts formed a unique...

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Top 10 Benefits of Environmental Education

By Susan Toth in Educator Tips & Stories, PLT Blog Environmental education (EE) connects us to the world around us, teaching us about both natural and built environments. EE raises awareness of issues impacting the environment upon which we all depend, as well as...

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Coyote Teaching

by Connor O'Malley reprinted courtesy of Alderleaf Wilderness College http://www.wildernesscollege.com/ oyote teaching is a phrase popularized by Tom Brown Jr. and Jon Young.  Similar teaching methods however, have been used by indigenous people, philosophers,...

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Next Generation Science Standards:

Should they direct students’ educations, or would they be better applied to teachers’ educations? by Jim Martin CLEARING Associate Editor icture this: Science teachers with a strong background in doing science, working in a collegial environment, building their own...

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A Journey Of Surprises

Rivers reveal their secrets to Idaho students researching water quality through rigorous scientific inquiry Photos and story by Suzie Boss Squiggly blue lines cover the map of Idaho, a state with more than 2,000 lakes and hundreds of miles of rivers. From the...

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Literacy as a Stepping Stone to Environmental Citizenship

“The librarian tells me that there have been skirmishes over books, especially on topics we’ve been discussing in class. She and the librarian see this as a problem but not me. I see small steps towards victory with my class. The interest [in Environmental Literacy]...

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Planning and Evaluating Your Environmental Education Program

By Pamela Jull, PhD Applied Research Northwest t’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of planning the activities of an environmental education program. Programs are neat. They are often fun and innovative and they usually give participants a memorable, positive...

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Building a Citizen Science Center: A Framework

by Shamin Graff Lake Katherin Nature Center & Botanic Garden Palos Heights, IL he sat quietly for several moments, watching and waiting. Suddenly, a streak of yellow flew by and then another. She quickly snapped a few photos on her phone as they flew off....

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Will You Teach Science Better If You Have Done Science?

  By Jim Martin CLEARING Associate Editor hat if science teachers did science before they began teaching? Might a teaching model like this be possible to employ? Instructive to explore? There have been initiatives which followed up on this possibility. Their...

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Leaving Space for Awe

  We need to provide opportunities for students to establish connections with the natural world, to be in awe of its power and beauty. t was February 2012 in northwestern Ontario. I was in teachers college and my outdoor, environmental education cohort was on a...

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5 Outstanding EE Resources You Should Know About

1. Across the Spectrum: Resources for Environmental Educators This downloadable collection of resources, perspectives, and examples will help nonformal environmental educators learn more about the field of EE, access resources, and gain skills to improve their...

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Honeybee Heroes: Carter Latendresse at Catlin Gabel School

Honeybee Heroes: Carter Latendresse at Catlin Gabel School by Katie Boehnlein arter Latendresse is the sixth grade English teacher at Catlin Gabel School in Portland, OR. In addition to his classroom courses, which focus on fostering social responsibility in his...

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Honeybee Heroes: Sarah Red-Laird at Bee Girl

by Katie Boehnlein arah Red-Laird, or “Bee Girl” is an Ashland, OR native who says that she has been fascinated with honeybees since her early childhood. On the playground in elementary school, she would pick up bees and pet them to impress other kids. Her aunt’s...

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BOOK REVIEW: Three new nature titles from Dawn Publications

by Michael D. Barton CLEARING Associate Editor Dawn Publications (Facebook/Twitter/blog) has three new children’s nature books out for ages 3-8, and I am delighted to not only have copies for my children, but to share with you how awesome they are. This publisher does...

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Honeybee Heroes: Ryan King at Southern Oregon University

An Alternative to Traditional Education Honeybee Heroes: Ryan King at Southern Oregon University by Katie Boehnlein outhern Oregon University in Ashland, OR is a “sweet” place to be. Ryan King, a recent graduate of Southern Oregon’s Master’s of Science in...

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Honeybee Heroes: Eric Engman at Mt. Vernon High School

by Katie Boehlein ric Engman is a physics teacher at Mt. Vernon High School, where he has also taken on the role of “campus beekeeper.” The process of starting a school beehive began some years ago, when Eric began installing a rotational series of mostly...

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Plants and People

Plants and People Three service learning teams from the University of Oregon Environmental Leadership Program tackle teaching children about the ecological and cultural importance of native plants. . . by Kathryn Lynch Environmental Leadership Program University of...

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EE Research: Give students a say in what and how they learn

Dr. Peter McInerney et al. review the literature related to the theoretical foundations of place-based education (PBE). They propose that the main task of PBE in schools is “creating opportunities for young people to learn about and care for the ecological and social...

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Share your favorite EE activity with us!

If you're a teacher, CLEARING would love to hear from you! We are compiling anecdotal examples of fun, engaging and successful environmental education activities from teachers around the Pacific Northwest. We are especially interested in teachable moments that sprang...

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8 Ideas, Resources, or Programs You Should Know About

1. National Geographic Education: Collections The National Geographic Education website has a number of collections dedicated to different areas within the natural sciences. Topics include ocean education, ecosystems, natural disasters, endangered species, and much...

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Book Review: On the Day You Were Born

On the Day You Were Born Author: Debra Frasier ISBN-13: 9780152579951 Reviewed by Seth Webb any of the stories that we tell our students and the cultural lessons that we share are our part of our collective oral tradition – they belong to all of us. They are of the...

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Book Review: The Kids Outdoor Adventure Book

The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature Before You Grow Up by Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer (Guilford, CT: Falcon Guides, 2013), 224 pp. Reviewed by Michael D. Barton n an ideal world, kids would spend more time playing outside, in their...

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On Rain / A Poetic Confrontation

by Matt Love n a Thursday in late November 2010, a month that eventually produced the second wettest November since instruments have measured depressing records of this kind, I sat at my desk in my classroom and heard rain falling for the 31st day in a row. I...

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Earth Day and Beyond: K-12 Activities for Rivers and Streams

The following activities were submitted by K-12 teachers from around the Pacific Northwest who have participated in watershed education programs in their classrooms. The majority of these teachers were involved in the following coordinated watershed education...

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5 Ideas and Programs You Might Want to Know About

1. Slow: Children at Nature Play This attention-catching sign is designed to raise awareness about the importance of connecting children to nature. The goal is to promote getting children outside and exploring nature similar to the neighborhood signs that ask drivers...

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6 Useful Ideas, Projects and Programs You Should Know About

1. Ocean Science Summer Institute This institute, June 24-27, 2013 in Port Townsend, Washington, is a Training of Trainers for both formal and informal educators.  Participants will receive hands-on experience with the Ocean Sciences Sequence including implementation...

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7 EE Ideas, Grants, or Projects You Should Know About

1. Environmental Literacy Grants NOAA’s Office of Education has issued a request for applications for projects designed to build the capacity of educators to use NOAA data and data access tools to help K-12 students and/or the public understand and respond to global...

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The Power of Fun

By Carol Malnor courtesy of Dawn Publications . “Your class sure looked happy,” one of my colleagues remarked last week. And I agreed! They were very happy. When the sun reappeared after a cold spell, I took my Nature Connections students outside for an activity that...

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Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan: Building a Network

Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan: Building a Network by Traci Price In 2009, the Oregon Legislature passed the No Oregon Child Left Inside (NOCLI) Act that established an eleven-member task force charged with developing The Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan: Toward...

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6 EE Grants and Classroom Resources You Should Know About

1. Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators Program, a partnership between the CEQ and the EPA, recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental...

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4 EE Grant Opportunities You Should Know About

1. Action for Nature Young Eco-Hero Awards Action for Nature seeks applications from students ages 8-16 for its International Young Eco-Hero Awards Program. The awards program recognizes the individual accomplishments of young people whose personal actions have...

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5 Environmental Ed Resources You Should Know About

1. Pacific Education Institute Toolkit PEI recently created multiple guides as part of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Conservation Education Strategy Toolkit. These include the Project Based Learning Model, Field Investigations, Fostering Outdoor...

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Video: How to Start a School Garden

From Edutopia comes a short video on starting your own school garden.. .To see additional videos, go to http://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-school-gardens

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Green Living Project Seeks Student Videos

Green Living Project (GLP) is accepting submissions for its fall 2012 Student Film Project contest. GLP is looking for student-created short films focused on sustainability or the environment. The deadline is November 28th, and winning films will be screened at the...

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Sarah and Gage – Kid Cultivators

eet Sarah and Gage, educators at Vernon School in NE Portland. They realized that many local parents weren’t sending their kids to Vernon, so they decided to try something new to reconnect families to their neighborhood school. From the Oregon Museum of Science and...

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Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World

From the book jacket: uman health and well-being are inextricably linked to nature; our connection to the natural world is part of our biological inheritance. In this engaging book, a pioneer in the field of biophilia—the study of human beings’ inherent affinity for...

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Grade 6-8 Activity: Stormwater Wonders

These lessons were developed by the Bainbridge island Woodward Middle School 6th grade team in cooperation with the Bainbridge Island Watershed Watch program.   Stormwater Wonders Background Storm water or runoff is defined as rainfall that falls on impervious...

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Grade 3-5 Activity: Animal Tracking

Grade Level: 3-5 Subject: Science Teacher: Nancy Fisher, Sauvie Island Academy Another powerful science lesson students do in my class is to ask ourselves, "Who might live in our habitat and how could we find out?" We brainstorm a list and then partners build an...

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Grade 3-5 Activity: Worms

Grade Level: 3-5 Subject: Teacher: Laurelei Primeau, Coquitlam School, BC It was a damp, sunny day, and my grade three class was called to the front lawn of the school for a school-wide portrait. Classes from kindergarten to grade five trooped out and jostled for...

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Grade 3-5 Activity: Nature Observation

Grade Level: 3-5 Subject: Science Teacher: Nancy Fisher, Sauvie Island Academy Section off squares in an outdoor nature area. These can be a square foot or a few square feet, but not larger than that. Assign each student or pairs of students a section. Have them spend...

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5 E.E. Resources / Ideas That You Should Know About

1. Green Living Project Sustainability Film Contest GLP is proud to announce its fall 2012 Student Film Project contest!  Students are encouraged to document and submit their own stories of sustainability.  The contest is open to 6th grade through college level...

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EE Research: Give students a say in what and how they learn

Posted By Alex Kudryavtsev from http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/eeresearch Dr. Peter McInerney et al. review the literature related to the theoretical foundations of place-based education (PBE). They propose that the main task of PBE in schools is “creating opportunities...

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Science Inquiry in the Real World

Science Inquiry in the Real World by Jim Martin Retired Science Educator CLEARING Special Contributor f you’ve never done a self-directed inquiry, or don’t see a connection between inquiry in the real world, and the science you teach in the classroom, here are three...

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Teaching in the Outdoor: A Primer

by Jay Roberts Originally published in the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) newsletter. Introduction Teaching in the Outdoors Teaching in general can be a scary thing. We are put in a position of authority and knowledge whether or not we feel...

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5 More EE Resources You Need to Know About

1. Biomes and Ecosystems The National Earth Science Teachers Association’s Windows to the Universe biomes and ecosystems, offers an interactive map to explore various biomes and learn about the natural history and current conditions in the dry steppes, alpine tundra,...

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What is Community-Based Social Marketing?

by Katrina Landau o what exactly is social marketing, and how does it work to change peoples' behaviors? While traditional marketing works by raising public awareness, social marketing works to identify barriers to behaviors and create long-lasting change. Instead of...

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5 New EE Resources You Should Know About Today!

1. Schools That Change Communities Schools That Change Communities, a new one hour documentary from award winning producer Bob Gliner (Lessons From The Real World, Democracy Left Behind) focuses on a diverse range of K-12 public schools in five states – Massachusetts,...

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I Am Clark’s Creek – Puyallup School District

I Am Clark's Creek - Puyallup School District ometimes it takes the imagination and inspiration of youth to push a project towards success.  When the Puyallup River Watershed Council in Washington State became concerned about Clark’s Creek, it was the student project...

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6 Environmental Education Resources You Should Know About

1. Estuaries 101 Middle School Curriculum The National Estuarine Research Reserves has released the Estuaries 101 Middle School Curriculum, a multi-media online science curriculum offering students virtual field trips to estuaries around the country.  The curriculum...

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7 EE Resources You Should Know About

1. Fukushima Daiichi Accident EarthEcho’s Water Planet Challenge provides information and materials to help middle and high school students take action to protect and restore our planet's natural resources while teaching to key standards. The Hot Topics presents...

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Inquiry: Letting Kids Wonder

Inquiry: Letting Kids Wonder by Katie MacDiarmid (reprinted from the SEECing Natural Discovery website of the Siskiyou Environmental Education Center) cientific inquiry” is one of those things I thought I knew how to do. I had taught middle school science and I’d...

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Youth, Education and Climate Change

By Jana Dean From a talk given at the United Nations. was invited to speak here because I spend a lot of time with some of the funniest, most hopeful and energetic people on the planet: thirteen and fourteen year olds. While my official charge is to teach math and...

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5 EE Resources You Should Know About

1. YardMap YardMap is a free, interactive, citizen science mapping project about habitat creation and low-impact land use from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat for both professional scientists and people...

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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...

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Rivers and Streams Activities: Grades K-2

Go back to main page Butterfly Math (K-2 Science) While teaching a unit on the butterfly lifecycle, have the students create original artwork showing floral scenes. Laminate and use these small butterfly gardens as fun work mats. Unifix cubes or small counters can be...

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Rivers and Streams Activities: Grades 3-5

Go back to main page How Do Other Animals Deal with Garbage? (3-5 Science) Students will discover how ants and other animals deal with waste materials they themselves have created. Split the students into groups that will each build an ant house, which will contain...

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Rivers and Streams Activities: Grades 6-8

Go back to main page What Does Acid Rain Do to Aquatic Animals? (6-8 Science) Students will be able to discover the effects acid rain can have on aquatic wildlife. Set up two 10 gallon aquariums, each one with a variety of aquatic organisms (snails, caddisfly larva,...

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River and Streams Activities: Grades 9-12

Go back to main page Mapping a Watershed (9-12 Science) Locate a local stream or river on a map, making sure that your map includes the entire watershed. Select a spot on the map as far downstream as possible for your starting point. Next, locate the upstream ends of...

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EE Research: Playing in the woods

Researchers conducted phone interviews with 2000 adults in the US urban areas about their childhood nature experiences and current environmental attitudes and behavior. Interview questions, for example, addressed “wild” nature experience in childhood (hiking, camping...

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Resources for the Classroom — Food Chains

Check out the creative and insightful work of students in Pauline Sameshima's T&L 390 class at Washington State University. (Click on the image to see their individual reviews of K-12 teaching resources).

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Review: Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors

Reviewed by Seth Webb hile perusing my local library’s children’s section, I found a wonderful collection of playful poems, insightful science and glorious artwork. In Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors, written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beckie...

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EE Research: Children’s interactions with plants

Lohr and Pearson-Mims have conducted a nationwide phone survey of 2004 adults in cities about their childhood experiences related to nature, and current action and attitudes towards trees. Researchers concluded that, “Growing up next to natural elements such as flower...

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Gertschen Interview: Jon Marvel

Interview by Chris Gertschen Jon Marvel is the founder and executive director of the Western Watersheds Project. Mission The mission of Western Watersheds Project is to protect and restore western watersheds and wildlife through education, public policy initiatives...

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Resources for the Classroom— Biomes

Check out the creative and insightful work of students in Pauline Sameshima's T&L 390 class at Washington State University. (Click on the image to see their individual reviews of K-12 teaching resources).

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Hands-on Hanford: Linking Lessons

by Erika Holmes, Community Outreach and Environmenal Education, Washington State Department of Ecology recently attended a forum bringing together state and federal agencies, non-profits, involved citizens, educators, and retired workers with a common goal: getting...

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Solar energy in the classroom

Understanding Electricity Through Photovoltaics from green levine on Vimeo. More Than a Metaphor Solar energy in the classroom by Jessica Levine Eckstein Middle School Seattle, Washington As a student of David Orr at Oberlin College I helped design the Adam Joseph...

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Gertschen Interview: Rick Johnson, Idaho Conservation League

Rick Johnson has served as executive director of the Idaho Conservation League for 16 years.  ICL is Idaho’s leading voice for conservation. Interview by Chris Gertschen CG: Is there one particular event or series of events that led you to a profession in...

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Buy the book – get a bonus – and help CLEARING!

This offer is for a limited time only because I have just 10 copies of David Sobel's book Place-based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities available.  But here's the deal: buy a print copy of The Best of CLEARING, and I will add a copy of Sobel's book ($12...

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Changing the world…

..."[Jim] Watson gave up long ago trying to change the world of environmental education through Big Initiatives – the work of government, school boards and such. While he serves on the board of directors for the Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center and North...

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Dam Removal as a Teaching Tool

by Derek Jones We erect dams assuming they are eternal, as if they’ll never topple over or be dismantled or fill with sediment or lose their financial rationale. Yet all dams will die. . . They’ll be reminders of an ancient time when humans believed they could...

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Kids Training Kids for Nature Leadership

by Greg Traymar Sharing Nature North America If you want to get through to an 8-year old, find an inspired 16-year old. That’s what I’ve found in an extraordinary experience I had during the 2009-10 school year in which I trained a group of 16 high school students in...

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The “Creative Non-Fiction” Conundrum (and Opportunity)

by Glenn Hovemann, Editor Dawn Publications Let’s say you are in a library or bookstore and you want to find a book that will inspire a child to connect with nature in some way. Should you head for the fiction or non-fiction section? This may seem like an obvious,...

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Educating for a Revitalization of the Cultural Commons

by Chet Bowers, Professor Emeritus, Portland State University and Courtesy Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Oregon, United States This article discusses how the cultural commons that exist in every community, both rural and urban, carry forward the...

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Going Home (Book Review)

The Mystery of Animal Migration By Mariane Berkes Published by Dawn Publications Reviewed by Emily Baker-LaRouf What pushes an animal to travel thousands of miles to places it has never seen or to reproduce in the same spot as its ancestors did?  The mysteries of the...

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Kennedy High School: Turning stragglers into leaders

Exploring Place-based Education Programs in the Pacific Northwest by Becs Boyd A visit to Kennedy High School in Cottage Grove, Oregon on 18 November, turns out to be one of the most uplifting days I have spent in a school, perhaps ever. Formally known as AL Kennedy...

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Living with the Ocean

Exploring Place-based Education Programs in the Pacific Northwest by Becs Boyd On the southwest coast of Oregon a small town called Charleston is tucked against a busy dockside lined with fishing and tourist boats. The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology has its base...

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Interactive: Education vs. Advocacy

What do you think? As a former environmental educator, I think it is very important that we as  educators separate advocacy from education.  At the Environmental Education  Association of WA’s first conferences in  the early 1990s we discussed the distinction a lot. ...

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Review: Shadow of the Salmon

Preparing students with 21st century skills Reviewed by Ella Inglebret and CHiXapkaid (D. Michael Pavel) The salmon serves as an indicator species reflecting the overall health of the natural environment in the Pacific Northwest. For Native American tribal members,...

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Critiquing place-based education

Part two of an on-going discussion The following is part 2 of an on-going discussion on place-based education topics between Gregory Smith of Lewis and Clark College and David Greenwood of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario (formerly of Washington State...

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Top Ten List for Developing Environmental Literacy

from Callister, Jamogochian, Lemos, Weddle, & Yoder (2010) - Community-based Education: Model Programs. Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources. http://www.ncsr.org/materials/index.html This top-ten list of advice from Jon Yoder may be of assistance for...

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10 Reasons To Try Distance Delivered Environmental Education

by Sandi Sturm I recently attended a social event organized for adjunct faculty members of our university.  Sitting across from me was a woman from the Environmental Studies program who openly denounced the use of technology.  Begging to differ, I approached her...

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Review: Awesome Ocean Science!

Investigating the Secrets of the Underwater World By Cindy A. Littlefield Illustrations by Sarah Rakitin Published by Williamson Publishing, 2003, 120 p. Reviewed by Sharon A. Hollander I review children’s books, and I read through plenty on science and nature. I can...

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Learning from nature

By Mark Costigan reprinted from The Oregon Daily Emerald It’s sad that it takes a threat of crude oil reaching American beachfront property for people to wake up. It seems the only way people unite around fighting environmental degradation is when the effects become...

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Review: Children’s picture books that celebrate summer

Reviews by Pat Scully With the coming of summer, opportunities abound for children to observe small creatures in the outdoors.  Birds building nests and raising young, and butterflies, bees, and other insects converging in the flower garden capture children's interest...

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Review: How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate

Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch Dawn Publications ISBN 9781584691037 Reviewed by Heather Mattioli Books about climate change typically start from the premise that students will only passively participate. Lynne Cherry’s book...

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New Climate Change Awareness Toolkit

Helping to prepare youth to understand their role in addressing environmental issues is an important focus of Forest Service Conservation Education efforts. Environmental education begins with awareness, and builds to increased knowledge and skills. And the goal of...

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The Kids’ Guide to Nature Adventures

80 Great Activities for Exploring the Outdoors Whether their outdoor adventures include camping, hiking, or just exploring the backyard, kids will have a memorable experience with this cheerfully illustrated “nature guide” in their backpack. It’s filled with super...

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Review: Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature

©2008 Jon Young and Wilderness Awareness School. This a book that needs to be in the possession of everyone who claims to be, or aspires to be, an outdoor educator. This book goes to the heart of developing a sense of kinship with nature and teaching about connecting...

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Review: Salmon Creek

Reviewed by Victor Elderton ISBN: 0-88899-458-3 Published by: Groundwood Books / Douglas & McIntyre Written by: Annette LeBox Illustrated by: Karen Reczuch It’s not often in the Pacific Northwest that a children’s book is published that does a great job of...

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