NS SS 255 - Environmental Education: Elementary School Outreach
In this course students are are trained to teach two nationally acclaimed environmental education curricula: 4-Winds and Project Seasons. This course will include both lecture, visits from seasoned practitioners and designers of environment education programs, and site visits to diverse environmental education programs. Readings and discussion will focus on the history, theory, philosophy, and future of environmental education. The final project for the course is to design and implement a half day environmental education program for the Craftsbury Elementary School.
NS/SS256: Environmental Education: an Elementary Outreach
(Updated: Spring 2012)
Instructors: Allison VanAkkeren 586-7711 x162 firstname.lastname@example.org
Credits: 3 credits
Prerequisites: Sense of Place, Ecology or Natural History of the North Woods, or permission of the instructor
Lingelbach, Jenepher and Lisa Purcell Hands on Nature
The Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences. 2000.
Orr, David W. Earth in Mind. Island Press. 2004.
Saylan, Charles and Blumstein, Daniel The Failure of
Environmental Education (And How We Can Fix It), 2011
Readings on Reserve:
Bowers, C.A. Educating for an Ecologically Sustainable
State University of New York Press. 1995.
Parrella, Deborah and Cat Bowman Smith. Project Seasons.
Shelburne Farms. 1995.
Van Matre, Steve. Earth Education: a New Beginning.
The Institute for Earth Education. 1990.
Young, John. Coyote’s Guide to Mentoring with Nature, Owl Link
Sobel, D. Beyond Ecophobia
Orr David, W. Ecological Literacy, Island Press.
Other selective readings including authors such as Nixon (How
Nature shapes Childhood), Brown (Inquiry Learning), Caduto
(Values Education), Smith (Going Local) and Sobel (Placed Based
This course includes in-class discussions and lectures, training sessions led by Four Winds environmental education practitioners, guest lecturers, and hands-on experience creating and teaching
environmental education curricula to local elementary school students.
To provide students with training and teaching experience in environmental education, as well as a working knowledge of the history and theory of the field. This course will prepare students who may want to work in settings such as camps, nature centers, classroom, parks, on farms, or “Farm to School” settings.
Through readings, discussions, and student presentations we will: