The Youth-focused Citizen and Community Science (YCCS) website offers a suite of resources and recommendations to help teachers and informal science educators involve youth in the production of authentic science. They can do this through data collection, but also interpreting or sharing findings. But what does this mean for science learning? To answer this question, a group of researchers at University of California Davis led by Dr. Heidi Ballard, along with the Center for Community and Citizen Science, began conducting case studies with YCCS projects in Northern California and bringing together key stakeholders to explore when and how YCCS works best.
eeWORKS is a project of NAAEE, Stanford University, and other partners designed to demonstrate the impact of environmental education by substantiating powerful anecdotes of its benefits with empirical evidence. The first research review focused on the benefits of EE for K-12 students, and the team has developed a suite of tools to help the field promote these benefits. Most recently, we created a messaging guide to assist the field in communicating with key audiences.
Now more than ever, the choices we make as a species will determine the world we leave for future generations. With PlanetVision, the California Academy of Sciences offers a blueprint for a sustainable future. By focusing on straightforward, effective actions that individuals, communities, businesses, and governments can take to improve our food, water, and energy systems, solutions to these global challenges are in sight.
The Secrets of the Forest series was written with 2 main purposes in mind.
1. To offer parents, teachers, scout leaders, and outdoor educators a guide to engage their students in Nature . . . at a time when our young ones so desperately need this connection, as does Nature itself.
2) To win over a new generation of environmental advocates who will look after this world.
In 2014, NAAEE and the Kettering Foundation renewed their partnership to develop the Environmental Issues Forums (EIF). EIF has involved educators from across the nation in the development and testing of issue guides and other materials. This publication documents, through a series of case studies, the journeys taken by these educators. They report on the process of developing locally relevant EIF materials, reflect on their experiences holding forums for a variety of audiences, and report assessment results.
REI's #OptOutside campaign has grown since 2015, raising awareness around the idea that humans are becoming an indoor species, and what that means for the outdoors. This report is designed to provoke discussion around current trends and possibilities for the future about life outdoors.
The USA-NPN’s Botany Primer is an educational resource designed to help observers make reliable plant observations for submission to the Nature’s Notebook citizen and professional science program. It covers basic botany, phenology vocabulary and the USA-NPN’s plant phenophases. It is also very appropriate for those interested in simply learning more about botanical terms and concepts, separate from participation in Nature's Notebook.
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The K-12 EE Guidelines for Excellence were first published in 1999 and have been updated about every five years since then. We are in the process of revising these guidelines once again. The process is iterative. Our writing team developed a first draft. We invite you to review this draft and provide comments that will be used in the revision process.