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Teaching Teachers in a Learning Garden: Two Metaphors by Veronica Gaylie University of British Columbia Introduction There are no larger fields than these, no worthier games than may here be played.grow wild according to thy nature…let the thunder rumble…take shelter under the cloud…Enjoy the land, but own it not. (Henry David Thoreau, From Walden) How does eco-centred teacher education promote ecol

Sowing the Seeds of Place and Community-based Learning by Becs Boyd A Place and Community Based approach can be transformative for students and teachers, schools and communities. Making this approach work means taking a fresh look at the school community, the wider community and the environment...

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 vanquish nature, and found themselves vanquished instead. — Jacques Leslie, from “Deep Water, the Epic Struggle over Dams" Learn more at the website!

An experienced teacher uses story telling to creatively implement environmental awareness of water in her classroom.

Extreme Eukaryotes This article from the Natural History Museum in London is an early summary of information about free-living eukaryotes in extreme environments. The article includes list of peer-reviewed references up to 1997. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/research/projects/euk-extreme/

A Simple Question: The Story of STRAW (Video) Narrated by Peter Coyote, A Simple Question: The Story of STRAW is an inspiring documentary about The Bay Institute’s watershed restoration project known as STRAW: Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed. The 35 minute film chronicles the growth of STRAW from its origins as a 4th-grade class project to restore the endangered California Freshwater Shrimp into a remarkable program that has restored over 20 mi

Review: A Sense of Place [Contains food chain resources!] Teaching Children about the Environment with Picture Books By Daniel A. Kriesberg Illustrated by Dorothy Frederick Reviewed by Dr. Suzanne Spradling A Sense of Place is a valuable classroom resource and curricular supplement. This book is designed to help integrate children’s literature and hand-on activities to increase students’ awareness of their connections to the earth. The activities and literature suggestions

Great to use for teaching irony :) with Thoreau...Walden turned commercial enterprise...he must be rolling in his grave!

Educators Suzie Boss, Jeffrey Wilhelm, Steven Anderson and Stephen Lazar discuss the differences between Project-Based, Problem-Based and Inquiry Learning.

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, Mary Phillips, I met that day as I researched and wrote Jo MacDonald Had a Garden (Dawn Publica

"Among those who give Thoreau credit for shaping their own thought were John Muir, who originated the modern environmental preservation movement; Theodore Roosevelt, who helped make preservation a function of the national government; and Rachel Carson, whose own writing helped form the modern conception of environment; Mahatma Gandhi; and Dr. Martin Luther King, linking Thoreau to the formation of the modern states of South Africa, India, and Pakistan, and the American Civil Rights…

Thoreau was born at this Minott House on Virginia Road on July 12, 1817. "Although he lived on the farm for only a short time, it provided both inspiration and subject matter for his writings. ...The picture they draw of life on Virginia Road provides a glimpse into early 19th-century Concord farm life as well as into the mind of Thoreau." (Thoreau Farm blog)

A peek into Thoreau's transcendentalist philosophy and social critique. His life in the woods wasn't just a silly experiment; he wanted to show people how chasing after the trivialities of life -- comfort, material things, etc. -- isn't satisfying. Life is meant for more.

Building an Eco-Column Grow plants and watch animals thrive in a mini ecosystem! The eco-column demonstrates how the natural filtering system works in an ecosystem, life science experiment. Visit bottle biology for a list of plants, animals, and activities for your mini ecosystem.