Lack of interest is the number one reason why American children, adolescents and young adults do not participate in outdoor activities, according to the Outdoor Foundation’s 2014 Outdoor Participation Report. If you were introduced to the outdoors as a child and enjoy spending time outside, the idea that someone wouldn’t want to spend time exploring the outside world may seem hard to believe.
Invasive species research is well suited for citizen science efforts. Species are moving or being moved all over the globe by human activity, climate change, or natural range shifts, and some of those species will be invasive in those new places. Early detection is critical for successful mitigation and management of those species. That early detection relies on informed and curious citizens, working as careful observers of local habitats.
Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is a student-driven, experiential service-learning program that empowers young people to make the world a better place for the environment, for people, and for animals, starting with their home communities. In the process, they develop identities as positive change-makers with a sense of agency and real-world experience that they can lead, collaborate, and innovate to meet both local and global challenges facing our world.
Have you ever wondered what could be inside a shipwreck at the bottom of the Great Lakes or what animals living at the bottom of the ocean look like? What about how technology, math and science can shape a future career?
EE Week joined Living Classrooms and other environmental organizations at the end of October to help teach local DC elementary students about stream quality and environmental health. Located in the middle of the Anacostia River, Kingman Island provided a great venue to think about what makes a healthy river run smoothly.
At Shedd Aquarium we see the impact of informal education on science learners outside of the classroom every day. We have witnessed how connecting students with experts on animal care and conservation, allowing them to observe animal behavior and brainstorm solutions to real-life challenges, excites students and brings the lessons from their classroom to life.
Have you ever noticed that in the days and weeks leading up to summer, many magazines, local newspapers and blogs start publishing lists of outdoor activities to do with children during their time off from school? As a teacher and a mother of two kids of my own, I definitely appreciate these resources because it means I can actually take a break from having to think of and plan the activities we do every day.
NEEF is the nation’s leading organization in lifelong environmental learning, connecting people to knowledge they use to improve the quality of their lives and the health of the planet. NEEF sees a future where by 2022, 300 million Americans actively use environmental knowledge to ensure the well-being of the earth and its people. Learn more at neefusa.org.