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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...

OREGON: OCF Releases Outdoor School Planning Guide It’s ironic how, in spite of the growing body of evidence that outdoor and environment-based education results in improved student learning, and in spite of passionate parental and community support, traditional outdoor school programs are increasingly endangered by that most mundane of threats — state and district education budget cuts.

Interactive: Education vs. Advocacy? EE programs that we all work with have an environmental impact and environmental initiatives are often controversial because people hold very different opinions based on different values. Those values come from different life experiences in family, community, cultural groups, training and education, political power, history of property ownership, etc.

Lessons From The Real World, a one hour documentary about innovative education in Portland Schools, aired on all Oregon Public Broadcasting television stations on Friday, May 6, at 11:00 PM. Lessons From The Real World takes on negative perceptions about our schools, such as those featured in the recent documentary Waiting for Superman, and highlights successful practices conducted by Portland area teachers.

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!

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

CREST Farm to School by Bob Carlson CREST is an environmental education center operated by the West Linn-Wilsonville School District which is located just south of Portland, Oregon. One of the key CREST programs is the CREST Farm . The farm is located on surplus district property. Currently, a half-acre of land is producing vegetables for school cafeteria... Read more at website!

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

The WESSA/ World Wildlife Fund eco-schools program, launched in South Africa in 2003, is an innovative curriculum based environmental education initiative which seeks to teach future generations the importance of conservation.

"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…

Children have the Magic in them. The WESSA/ WWF eco-schools programme is an innovative curriculum-based environmental education initiative supported by the national education department. It was launched in South Africa in 2003 to teach future generations about conservation and how it improves all of our lives.