No Child Left Inside - Virginia

What Is Environmental Education?

Group of students with catfish. Photo copyright Chesapeake Bay FoundationEnvironmental 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

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