Using Environment-Based Education to Advance Learning Skills and Character Development

NEETF (National Environmental Education Training Foundation) and NAAEE (North American Association for Environmental Education)

From the Forward:

This report describes the efficacy of environment-based education in helping young people become lifelong learners and leaders. It is a joint effort of the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation (NEETF) and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). An earlier joint report discussed how environment-based education increases student achievement in science, mathematics, and reading, as measured by standardized test scores.

A well-rounded education, however, means more than just higher test scores and grade level achievement. Accordingly, this report looks at less tangible, but equally important, effects of environment-based education on our young people. These include: improved motivation, skills for life-long learning, career preparation, and attitudes of respect and responsibility.

Pedagogical Area
  • place-based education, environment as integrating context (EIC)
  • environmental education
Subject Area
  • science, math, engineering, technology (STEM)
  • reading, writing, English as a second language
Delivery Area
  • school based
Outcome Area
  • academic performance
Participant Area
  • student