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German Tots Learn to Answer Call of Nature

"Forest kindergardens" are sprouting up in Germany and other European countries. There is even one in Oregon! This recent Wall Street Journal article by Mike Esterl is a hopeful sign of more to come.

Vermont High School Teaches Thoreau in the Woods

Students in the Walden Project, an alternative place-based education high school program, spend their days outdoors, regardless of the weather. Their classroom is a simple makeshift tent and 250 acres of woodlands and fields. Learn more about the project by listening to an NPR story on-line.

Alaskan Kids Say No to a Gold Mine

Seventh Grade students iin Dellinghman, Alaska have dubbed themselves "Rebels to the Pebbles", as they fight to oppose a gold and copper mine in their community. The mine threatens to destroy salmon habitat and the community.  Listen to the story and view slides on NPR.

No Child Left Inside Act of 2007

Now is the time to let others hear your voice! HR3036, The No Child Left Inside Act, has gained bipartisan support from 28 congresspeople. The No Child Left Inside Coalition, comprised of over one hundred environmental, educational, and public health organization, has numerous resources available for individuals and organizations who want to learn more and take action. Click here to learn more about the NCLI bill. Contact your state representative today.

Rural School and Community Trust Publishes "Why Rural Matters 2007"

"Why Rural Matters 2007: The Realities of Rural Education Growth" is a snapshot of rural education that provides essential information on the condition of rural education in the 50 states and uncovers new trends and challenges facing rural educators. This report can be useful for educators and program managers in rural communities who aim to develop relevant and effective place-based education curricula.


VT FEED: Alburg's Bread and Butter

Alburg, Vermont is a rural town in the Lake Champlain islands. Thanks to Vermont FEED, an innovative farm to school education program, parent volunteers, and a staff of talented teachers, the school has a rich farm-based educational curriculum. Kindergarten students spend part of their first year of school learning about their local community and how to make healthy food choices. The class visits a dairy farm, makes cheese, grinds wheat berries, and helps a local bakery make bread and letter pizzas. The students wrote cookbooks and involved their families in their eating adventures. They wrote a culminating play with songs, invited their families and served healthy student made foods. For a full outline of this curriculum, and other by VT FEED educators, go to

Alburg Elementary School
Alburg, Vermont

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