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Environmental Education

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"Digging In: Green & Healthy Schools" is the focus of the October 2019 issue of Wisconsin Schools News from the Wisconsin Association for School Boards.

Youth Climate Strikes are getting a lot of attention recently. Here is an article to help navigate this topic: K-12 students call for climate action, teachers take lessons outside (Daily Cardinal, April 2019)

Application period for U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools open until December 1. Learn more 

New Academic Standards Adopted. Learn more

Environmental education is included in the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Wisconsin Legislature supports "Wisconsin Children's Outdoor Heritage" Resolution. Read more

How is Environmental Education Implemented?

Teacher and students outside

Environmental education teaches students how to think, not what to think. Environmental education instruction utilizes a variety of instructional models and guidelines that have been long accepted in the field of education. Through integrating environmental education into content areas, educators can also differentiate instruction, engage less motivated learners, and challenge students who are ready to go further. 

Many Wisconsin schools integrate environmental examples into some of their coursework, thereby fostering enthusiasm not only for learning about the world we live in, but also for reading, math, science, social studies, art, health and other disciplines. In fact, Wisconsin leads the nation in green schools where the environment is used as context for learning all subjects! Infusing environmental education throughout the K-12 curriculum increases classroom learning and can help students develop critical thinking, reasoning, and effective cooperative skills. 

Wisconsin has many resources to support environmental education in schools. For more information and resources, see the links on the left-side menu.


For questions about this information, contact Victoria Rydberg (608) 266-0419