Stories from the Field

Educators in all corners of the world are using the natural and cultural environment as a foundation for learning. View brief vignettes, or use the search engine at right to find more in-depth case studies, filtered by grade level, demographics, subject area, and more. on what others are doing in elementary or high schools, urban or rural settings, with a science or a more cultural focus. Exploring place-based learning vignettes and case studies can support and inspire you in your own place-based education and relative initiatives. play a powerful role when seeking support for place-based education and related initiatives.

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‘A ‘ohe pau ka ‘ike i ka halau ho’okahi.
All knowledge is not learned in just one school.
— Hawaii O’lelo

What if my classroom was living?

What if my classroom got all of its energy from the sun, and its water from the rain? What if it was made of only healthy, nontoxic things? What if my classroom grew food for me to eat and taught me things? What if my classroom was living? This is what a SEED (Sustainable Education Every Day) classroom is and does.

An introduction to the individual case studies "Global Citizenship in the Classroom," "The Story Whisperer," and "Creating Learning Spaces that Educate and Inspire."

A teacher uses his classroom makerspace to design a project to help students understand sustainability as it relates to food and food systems.

Angela McGregor, an educator with Shelburne Farms' Sustainable Schools Project, was teaching Lawrence Barnes first graders a lesson about chickens when something unexpected—and extraordinary—happened: a little chicken leapt across a cultural divide.