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Environmental Education

 
 
The Environmental Education  program sets the foundation for leadership in and stewardship of the environmental community.
 
Environmental Education is often confused with Outdoor Education, Interpretive Style teachings (Naturalist), and Citizen Science methods.  These teaching styles are actually small components of Environmental Education and they should not be separated.  Try to think of it like this; Environmental Education is an umbrella that houses all of these components. 

With EE at Heritage, teachers have the opportunity to create place-attachments within the student body that will enable students to feel more connected to school grounds than they have in the past.  Place-Based education is extremely important and if students are not connected to place, it is then harder for them to go out and change a community.

List of 4 items.

  • Level 1:

    Ecological Foundations
  • Level 2:

    Conceptual Awareness – Issues & Values
  • Level 3:

    Investigation and Evaluation
  • Level 4:

    Environmental Action Skills – Training and Application


At Heritage each division will build environmental awareness among students:
  • ELC and Lower School Grades – Students are starting to explore and learn about the school surroundings and where they fit into the natural world.  
  • Middle School Grades – Students are applying more of this knowledge in labs and using investigation and evaluation skills to look at issues.  
  • Upper School Grades – Students are putting all of their knowledge into action and eventually training others.

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Environmental Education Objectives

List of 5 items.

  • Attitudes

    To help social groups and individuals acquire a set of values and feelings of concern for the environment and the motivation for actively participating in environmental improvement and protection.
  • Awareness

    To help social groups and individuals acquire an awareness and sensitivity to the total environment and its allied problems.
  • Knowledge

    To help social groups and individuals gain a variety of experience in, and acquire a basic understanding of, the environment and its associated problems.
  • Participation

    To provide social groups and individuals with an opportunity to be actively involved at all levels in working toward resolution of environmental problems.
  • Skills

    To help social groups and individuals acquire the skills for identifying and solving environmental problems.