As Whitehead said that “there is only one subject matter for education, and that is Life in all its manifestations.” (The Aims of Education, p.10). To bring this idea into education means we need to let community play an important role in our educational system. Community needs to be a part of education and becomes an unique learning center. This requires students not only need to learn in schools, but also in communities via their programs and projects such as walking, playing and hand-on programs, to learn their place, their unique culture and the history in order to build a deeper connection with them. As a result of this, a new kind of evaluation method is needed to evaluate students’ growing/development not only via schools, but also via communities.
For the whole stage of romance, family, community and school should play the same important role in children’s education. Therefore, the curriculum and evaluation system will adjust to fit to this change.
This is the reason why we add community education into the Eco-curriculum. The following programs and projects are some examples offered by selected organizations. They are available for holidays, weekend, winter or summer breaks, but this is not enough, it should be involved in children’s daily education and make it as a truly indispensable part of education.
Center for Education, Imagination, and the Natural World
The mission of the Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World is to bring to life a new vision of the relationship between the inner life of the child and the beauty, wonder and intimacy of the universe.
Character Education through Observation, Reflection, Ecological Restoration, & Scientific Literacy
Provides hands-on experience in ecological restoration, teaches observation skills in the natural environment, and encourages self-reflection. Programs are based on holistic and place-based education.
Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain
The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain is an earth sanctuary and learning community dedicated to healing the human-earth relationship. We offer what we practice: skills for community resilience, spiritual ecology, and permaculture.
Edible Schoolyard Berkeley
The Edible Schoolyard Project is dedicated to transforming the health of children by designing hands-on educational experiences in the garden, kitchen, and cafeteria that connect children to food, nature, and to each other.
“FoodPrint” is the name of a program run by a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education on food production practices. Their aim is to pull back the curtain on the impacts of industrial food production practices and explain the benefits of more sustainable approaches to food production and consumption.
Green Schoolyards America
Green Schoolyards America seeks to transform asphalt-covered school grounds into park-like green spaces that improve children’s well-being, learning, and play while contributing to the ecological health and resilience of our cities.
National Farm to School Program
The National Farm to School Program is a collaborative endeavor that has spearheaded the development of the farm-to-school movement across the country, assisting organizations in starting up and sustaining farm-to-school efforts, fundraising, and providing information, education, and training for farm to school stakeholders.
Planet Protectors: Activities for Kids
As a Planet Protector, your mission is to improve the world around you by making less trash. Planet Protectors also help other people learn to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The more you learn about reducing wastes and saving resources, the better you become at carrying out the Planet Protector goals.
Recycling Games & Activities
Provided by the Northeast Resource Recovery Association, this page provides links to connect you to fun environmental and recycling games for kids of all ages.
Summer Camp Wind Eagle
Summer Camp Wind Eagle is for Grades 1-5 students to provide fun exploring and learning about the natural world at the beautiful Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, NC.
What is missing?
What is Missing? creates, through science-based artworks, an awareness about the present sixth mass extension of species, connects this loss of species to habitat degradation and loss, and emphasizes that by protecting and restoring forests, grasslands, and wetlands, we can both reduce carbon emissions and protect species and habitats.
Wild Whatcom fosters lifelong connections to nature in the Pacific Northwest. They engage hundreds of children and families in a variety of year-round programs. Their goal is to help bring the joy of the outdoors to everyone in our community.