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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.


New Hampshire Forest for Every Classroom

New Hampshire Forest for Every Classroom A Forest for Every Classroom (FFEC) is a year-long professional development series for middle and high school educators, aimed at providing the inspiration, knowledge and skills required to transform classroom teaching into effective and exciting place-based education. Teachers develop their own units to increase student literacy skills and foster student understanding of—and appreciation for—the forested lands in their communities. These units integrate hands-on study of the natural and cultural resources of the local community, addressing concepts in ecology, sense of place, civics, and forest land management and stewardship. At the heart of FFEC is the belief that students who are immersed in the study of their own “place” are more eager to learn about and be involved in the stewardship of their communities and public lands. Place-based education is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in science, mathematics, social studies and other subjects across the curriculum. This approach is proven to increase academic achievement while helping students develop stronger ties to their community, build appreciation for the natural world and a heightened commitment to becoming active citizens. The FFEC program provides 11 days of professional development over the course of four seasons, including a five-day residential summer session. Most sessions are based at the world-class Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in central NH. NH FFEC is cosponsored by NH Project Learning Tree, the Forest Service's State and Private Forestry, Northeastern Area, Northern Research Station, and the White Mountain National Forest. For more information see our NEW FFEC brochure NH_FFEC_brochure-2012B.pdf

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