Capacity building

Imagine a future in which land and place increasingly serve as co-researchers or principal investigators in environmental and sustainability education research. Land-based pedagogy, critical place inquiry, indigenous knowledge systems and indigenous ways of knowing, feminist materialisms, bioculturally responsive curriculum development, nature as teacher, terrapsychology, living systems ethical research considerations, and Gaian methods converge. These slides and briefing paper help explore questions of consent, data-gathering, authorship, and ethics through experiential, collaborative dialogue with examples, paradigms, and methods. Participants walk away with knowledge of effective practice and a resource bibliography to continue to innovate away from anthropocentric assumptions in environmental and sustainability education and towards more inclusive paradigms, methodologies, lenses, and frames for higher quality research.

Institute for Earth Regenerative Studies & Prescott College

This collection presents core concepts and case examples of ways in which networked learning provide opportunities to support resilience, environmental education, and social change. An original conference session was to present and discuss topics relating to the challenges of scaling environmental education. These items represent a source for examining scale and related questions, with a focus on networks to aid understanding and foster innovation.

The Wildlife Immersion and Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.) Program provides paid employment for culturally- and economically-diverse teens from under-supported communities in Jacksonville, Florida. Hear from the staff of this award-winning program to find ways to create nature connection, leadership development, and opportunities to promote diversity in EE in your own community.

Imagine a world where children actually asked to go play outside. And where they can connect with the environment by discovering the magic and wisdom of nature. This symposium guides participants through the journey of creating a nature playscape, highlighting theoretical considerations, community partnerships in design and implementation, and outcomes.

FAU, Pine Jog Environmental Edcuation Center

Guangzhou set up its first EE Center at a Waste-to-Energy incineration plant in 2012. Using the results of a questionnaire completed by center visitors, this research constructed a suitable Environmental Interpretation System and put forward an applicable Environment Perception Model for the EE center.

Environmental education can be a powerful tool for promoting skills and interest in STEM in an after school setting. This session was intended as an interactive opportunity to share examples of successful projects from a pilot after school EE grant program, as well as discuss how STEM-focused funding sources may be leveraged to support environmental education activities. Contact information for the presenters is provided for anyone who would like more information about the planned session discussion topics.

Learn more about becoming a Certified Phenology Leader in your community! Join us for a discussion of the Nature’s Notebook Local Phenology Leader Certification Program, bringing educators together with new audiences, natural resource managers, practitioners, and other leaders across the US who are teaching about climate change through citizen science.

The NOAA Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program is implementing a national evaluation system designed to inform seven diverse regional programs, serving approximately 3,600 educators and 48,000 students annually. Learn about how evaluation results are used to monitor and adjust program activities and support grantees in implementing best practices.

The purpose of this study is to understand the performance and differences in knowledge, attitude, and behavior with respect to climate change, global warming, energy conservation, and carbon emission reduction in environmental educators who have been certified by Taiwan EPA since June 5, 2011, when the Environmental Education Act came into force.

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