Kootenay Boundary Environmental Education

2019-19 Take Me Outside for Learning School Year Challenge

Over 7500 local students will enjoy regular outdoor learning this year, thanks to their teachers’ participation in the Kootenay-Boundary Take Me Outside for Learning School Year Challenge. Through this challenge, teachers register to take their learning outside at least one day/week. This challenge is offered by the Kootenay-Boundary Chapter of the British Columbia School Superintendent Association which involves schools in school districts 5, 6, 8, 10, 20 and 51. This group is endeavoring to better support students’ understanding of their local environment and empowering thoughtful action, through learning that is outdoor, experiential, place-based and place-conscious.

Registration for the 2018-2019 Take Me Outside for Learning School Year Challenge is closed.

Register in September, 2019, for the 2019-20 School Year Challenge! 

Take Me Outside for Learning Resources

Impacts

This report was just published by Stanford University on the impacts of environmental education for K-12 students. This includes a higher aptitude for 21st century skills such as critical thinking, oral communication, analytical skills, problem solving, and higher-order thinking.

Research

Daily doses of connecting our students to the outdoors & nature are important for their academic, social, emotional and physical success. Click here for research on the benefits of connecting students to nature & the outdoors.

Assessment

Looking for some fun and easy ways to assess for learning while outdoors? Click here for 20 Fun and Easy Strategies for Assessing
Learning Outdoors!

The Bottom Line: NAAEE Environmental Education Research Bulletin

Place-based and community-engaged environmental education can empower students to exercise greater civic agency related to sustainability. This type of experiential pedagogical approach can inspire environmental action, not only among students, but also in surrounding communities. One effective way of engendering successful and sustainable community engagement is through partner organizations that focus on aspects of local, pressing environmental issues, such as river pollution. The combination of place attachment and collaborating with a local group may foster meaningful knowledge and action outcomes for environmental education participants.

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