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PBE in the News
Teachers in an Alaska elementary school with nearly 350 pre-K through fifth-grade students are increasing the use of Inupiaq language and culture into all areas of the school. Existing programs have been made bilingual in English and Inupiaq, while staff have engaged students in the Inupiaq culture across subjects, including literacy, STEAM and the arts, with one educator going ice fishing with K-4 students. Full Story: KOTZ-AM (Kotzebue, Alaska) (5/19)
Childhood nature connection and constructive hope: A review of research on connecting with nature and coping with environmental loss
In this post Rachelle Gould, People and Nature Associate Editor, explores Louise Chawla’s new article ‘Childhood nature connection and constructive hope: A review of research on connecting with nature and coping with environmental loss‘
Students in the Walden Project, an alternative place-based education high school program, spend their days outdoors, regardless of the weather. Their classroom is a simple makeshift tent and 250 acres of woodlands and fields. Learn more about the project by listening to an NPR story on-line.
"Forest kindergardens" are sprouting up in Germany and other European countries. There is even one in Oregon! This recent Wall Street Journal article by Mike Esterl is a hopeful sign of more to come.
Songbird Welcome Center
Marion Springs Elementary #348
Baldwin City, KS
Elementary students in Kansas restore songbird habitat at the Marion Springs Environmental Center. High school shop students, biologists, and a local artist help students construct birdbaths, benches, and feeders, and selected soil amendments. A fourth- and fifth-grade recycling program partially funds the project. Success is measured by monitoring use of the plot by birds, students, and community members.