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Place-based Education (PBE):

  • Immerses students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities and experiences;
  • Uses these as a foundation for the study of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum; and
  • Emphasizes learning through participation in service projects for the local school and/or community.

Stories From the Field:
Place-based education in action

Student with Chicken Chickens in the Classroom

An educator was teaching first graders a lesson about chickens when something unexpected—and extraordinary—happened: a little chicken leapt across a cultural divide.

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Research and Evaluation:
Making the case for place-based education

Benefits of Place-based Education cover image Highlighted Reports

  • Benefits of Place-based Education
  • Closing the Achievement Gap
  • Quantifying a Relationship Between Place-Based Learning and Environmental Quality
  • Benefits of Nature for Children's Health, Fact Sheet #1
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The Network:
Place-based education in your community and around the world

Shelburne Farms Shelburne Farms

Shelburne Farms is an environmental education center, 1,400-acre working farm, and National Historic Landmark. Our mission is to cultivate a conservation ethic by teaching and demonstrating the stewardship of natural and agricultural resources.

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Learning to Make Choices for the Future cover imageRevised and updated Learning to Make Choices for the Future PBE Manual now available!


Workshops & Institutes SummerInstitute on Education for Sustainability

Monday-Friday, July 31- August 2, 2013; 8:30 am-4:30 pm M-Th and 8:30-12:00 Friday
Education for Sustainability Institute held at Shelburne Farms. Part workshop, part retreat, part conference.

Project Seasons for Early Childhood Educators

Summer Workshop Monday-Friday, July 15-18, 2013; 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Enrich your science curriculum with exciting, interdisciplinary, hands-on, and easy-to-use activities on environmental and agricultural topics. This workshop is designed to increase science literacy and cultivate connections by tracing the food we eat and the clothes we wear back to the farm.

One-Day Workshops linked to School Programs

Open to all educators who want to learn more about a specific subject, these workshops help to integrate our field trip topics with classroom work. If you're a homeschooling parent, farmer hosting schools on your farm, or you have a special interest in a topic, come learn from experts in the field. You'll also observe and model appropriate teaching methods and begin to develop assessment techniques.

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Mean Green Team discovery cleans up poor air quality

With assistance from the Earth Day Network, the high school

CALS Early College High School
Los Angeles, CA

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