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Find ways to connect, explore, and engage this month
We are partnering with the Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, and Wisconsin Green Schools Network to bring you opportunities to celebrate the 50th Earth Day with us from your home! Sign-up here.
Connect, Explore, Engage with Systems Thinking
"Digging In: Green & Healthy Schools" is the focus of the October 2019 issue of Wisconsin Schools News from the Wisconsin Association for School Boards.
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?
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.