What Is Environmental Education?
Environmental education is the study of the relationships and interactions between dynamic natural and human systems. Environmental education:
- Includes learning in the field as well as the classroom
- Incorporates the teaching methods of outdoor education, experiential education, and place-based education
- Is inherently interdisciplinary
- Promotes school/community partnerships
- Is hands-on, student-centered, inquiry driven, engages higher level thinking skills, and relevant to students' everyday lives
- Develops awareness, increases knowledge, builds skills, and creates the capacity for stewardship and good citizenship regarding the environment upon which we depend for life support.
- Helps address the causes of "nature deficit disorder"
- Boosts student achievement in math, science, reading, writing and social studies
For more information, see the 2011 Q&A (pdf).