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Planning Tools

Place-based education offers an ideal opportunity to develop strong, positive partnerships among community stakeholders – in fact, it can’t succeed without them. These partnerships can also help stakeholders build momentum to achieve their own respective missions. Launching a place-based education program in your school and community requires gradually building understanding, enthusiasm and commitment. We have found that a combination of engaging exercises and strong organization tools works best.

Learning to Make Choices for the Future cover Here are some tools and exercises that may be helpful to you as you explore the opportunities to build support for place-based education initiatives in your community. (adapted from Questing by Delia Clark and Steven Glazer, University Press of New England, 2004, and the PLACE website.)

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Salamander Mark and Recapture Study

This study looks at longevity, growth, and dispersal of five species of salamander. Volunteer high school and college interns live capture salamanders in the study area. Salamanders of a certain size are marked with an injected marking devise, weighed, and measured. Interns work with visiting middle school and high school groups to catch and study salamanders.

Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center
Purchase Knob, NC


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