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Organizations and Programs that Provide Training, Information, and Support

Adirondack Curriculum Project

The Adirondack Curriculum Project mission is to help foster better public understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the Adirondack region's natural and cultural resources by providing educational resources and training opportunities for educators.

Antioch New England Institute (ANEI)

ANEI is a nonprofit consulting and community outreach arm of Antioch University New England, promoting a vibrant and sustainable environment, economy, and society by encouraging informed civic engagement. It provides training, programs, and resources in leadership development, place-based education, nonprofit management, environmental education and policy, smart growth, and public administration. It hosts three centers: The Craiglow Center for Applied Research and Policy; The Howes Center for Community Engagement; and The Center for Place-based Education.

Conservation Study Institute (CSI)

CSI was established by the National Park Service to help the agency and its partners stay in touch with the evolving field of conservation and develop more sophisticated partnerships, tools, and strategies. The institute provides a forum for the National Park Service, the conservation community, and the public to discuss conservation history, contemporary issues and practice, and future directions for the field.


CO-SEED, a project of ANEI's Center for Place-based Education, is a three-year collaboration with selected schools and their communities to develop place-based learning. By using the local natural and cultural environment as the setting for learning - and involving students in addressing community needs through hands-on service - CO-SEED projects seek to connect students, schools, curriculum, and community.

Dirigo Institute for Place Based Learning

This Maine-based organization provides educators with community resources, field trips, curriculum units, assessments, and implementation plans for connecting students to their community and the land.

A Forest for Every Classroom

FFEC is a professional development program for educators to develop curriculum that foster student understanding of and appreciation for the public lands in their communities. The teacher-developed curricula integrate hands-on natural and cultural explorations that address concepts in ecology, sense of place, stewardship, and civics.


Founded in 1966, Foxfire's learner-centered, demonstration site (The Foxfire Museum) is grounded in the Southern Appalachian culture. Its national program of teacher training and support (the Foxfire Approach to Teaching and Learning) promotes a sense of place and appreciation of local people, community, and culture as essential educational tools.

Hands on the Land (HOL)

HOL is a network of field classrooms stretching across America. HOL is sponsored by Partners in Resource Education, a collaboration of five federal agencies, a nonprofit foundation, schools, and other private sector partners. Through the HOL network, federal agencies provide an array of hands-on learning opportunities for teachers and students. Teachers and students also learn from each other through the HOL website.

National Wildlife Federation

The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to educate, inspire and assist individuals and organizations of diverse cultures to conserve wildlife and other natural resources and to protect the Earth's environment in order to achieve a peaceful, equitable and sustainable future. National Wildlife Federation's main goal is to raise awareness and involve people of all ages in their fight to conserve and protect the environment.

National Writing Project

The National Writing Project is the premier effort to improve writing in America. Through its professional development model, NWP builds the leadership, programs, and research needed for teachers to help their students become successful writers and learners. Each of the nearly 200 NWP sites conducts an annual summer institute, where experienced teachers prepare for leadership roles by demonstrating their most effective practices, studying research, and improving their knowledge of writing by writing themselves.

Northern Forest Center

The Northern Forest Center mobilizes people to build healthy communities, economies and ecosystems by working together across the Northern Forest region. Current programs include the Sustainable Economies Initiative, which looks at ways to create a sustainable regional economy; Ways of the Woods, a traveling exhibition combining a festival atmosphere with interactive, museum quality displays about the culture and heritage of the Northern Forest; numerous place-based education initiatives; and partnership and program grants.

Quebec Labrador Foundation

QLF supports the rural communities and environment of eastern Canada and New England, and creates community-based models for stewardship of natural resources and cultural heritage that can be applied worldwide.

Rural School and Community Trust

Supports the development of thriving, sustainable, rural communities with high-quality schools where young people are partners in community improvement. The website contains examples of place-based education initiatives from around the country, articles on everything from education policy to student assessment, and a well-populated blog.

Shelburne Farms

Shelburne Farms is a membership-supported, nonprofit environmental education center, 1,400-acre working farm, and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont. Its mission is to cultivate a conservation ethic. The farm serves as an educational resource by practicing rural land use that is environmentally, economically and culturally sustainable.

Valley Quest

Valley Quest is an award-winning, place-based education program that uses treasure hunts to celebrate community, natural history, cultural sites, stories and special places. Teachers across the U.S. are incorporating Quests into their classroom; parks and museums are using Questing as a compelling interpretive tool; and communities are adopting Questing to engage citizens, partner schools and civic groups, map precious community assets, and build social capital. Winner of the 2005 New England Environmental Education Alliance Program of the Year Award.

Vermont Community Works

Vermont Community Works promotes exemplary teaching practices that help students become caring, responsible, and active members of their communities. Online resources, educator workshops, a summer Institute, and a quarterly magazine provide curriculum exemplars. Teaching tools and resources, articles, and resource listings that support service-learning, place-based, and sustainability curriculum are also available.

Vermont Rural Partnership

VRP supports school initiatives that foster and sustain active participation of

youth and adults to support and strengthen communities. Schools that participate in the program focus on service-learning and curriculum of place, student leadership, school community partnership, and documentation and assessment.

Orion Magazine?

Orion offers articles, poetry and art that exemplify thoughtful and creative ideas and practical examples of how we might live justly, wisely, and artfully on Earth. The website contains an updated list of jobs in the environmental field, and descriptions of over 950 environmental and community organizations in North America that belong to the Orion Grassroots Network.