Environmental Education Resources

Research Links

Environmental Education

This 2009 article describes the successes of a large-scale, interdisciplinary environmental health education program in improving student test scores and general performance across multiple disciplines. Improvements in Student Achievement and Science Process Skills Using Environmental Health Science Problem-Based Learning Curricula

95% of adult Americans (including 95% of parents) believe that environmental education should be taught in our K-12 schools. More information on these National Environmental Education & Training Foundation (NEETF) and Roper Report survey findings at Environmental Literacy in America. September 2005.

Setting the Standard, Measuring Results, Celebrating Successes – A Report to Congress on the Status of Environmental Education in the United States. Submitted by the National Environmental Education Advisory Council; March, 2005. The report details the standards established, the results measured, and the successes achieved since the passage of the National Environmental Education Act of 1990.

National Environmental Education Week's (a project of the National Environmental Education Foundation) list of Benefits of Environmental Education

A list of several national professional education organizations that support environmental education as an important part of children's school experiences, from the Kansas Association for Environmental Education: Support for EE in Schools

August 2001 InfoBrief from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development by Michele Archie: "Moving into the Educational Mainstream"

Environment/Place-Based Education:

"Place-based or environment-based education uses the environment as an integrating context (EIC™) across disciplines. It is characterized by exploration of the local community and natural surroundings, hands-on experiences of environmental discovery and problem-solving, interdisciplinary curricula, team teaching, and learning that accommodates students’ individual skills and abilities. Research shows that this approach delivers many benefits to students." Dr. Louise Chawla, 2007. Read more in her Student Gains from Place-Based Education Fact Sheet

Michael Duffin, & PEER Associates, Inc. prepared this document for the Place-based Education Evaluation Collaborative (PEEC) in 2005. The document was designed to show that Place-based Education increases students' environmental literacy, as well as provides many other benefits. Place-Based Education & Academic Achievements

2005 State Education and Environment Roundtable (SEER): California Student Assessment Project: Phase Two The Effects of Environment-based Education on Student Achievement.

Conclusions and analysis of data collected from students and teachers at five Bay Schools. Prepared for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation by Clare Von Secker in February 2004:Bay School Project; Year Three Summative Evaluation

Environmental education gaining renewed respect and value in the South Carolina public school system. Edward H. Falco's 2004 "environment as an integrating context" (EIC™) research findings: Environment-Based Education: Improving Attitudes and Academics for Adolescents

A November 2004 study's findings of the use of farming as an Environmental Education tool: Farm-based environmental studies as a component of middle school curriculum: benefits and challenges of integration

The National Environmental Education & Training Foundation (NEETF) commissioned the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) to prepare this report, written by Joanne Lozar Glenn in 2000: Environment-Based Education: Creating High Performance Schools and Students

Report on the results of work from 13 Florida schools that implemented the EIC Model™. The schools reported higher scores on state reading, writing, and mathematics assessment tests. Written by Kathy Shea Abrams, Florida Office of Environmental Education (1999). Summary of Project Outcomes from EE and SSS Schools' Final Report Data

A report on a study of student performance in 40 schools implementing EIC™, and in partnership with 12 State Departments of Education. Data from 40 school site visits, four different teacher surveys, and more than 400 student and 250 teacher and administrator interviews. Gerald A. Lieberman, Ph.D., Linda L. Hoody, M.A. (1998):Closing the Achievement Gap:Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning

Outdoor Play

A 2008 report on the movement to reconnect children to the natural world: Children and Nature

"Access to nature contributes to the health and well-being of young people, and helps to form a foundation for the development of responsible environmental behavior. The planning and development professions can play a key role in ensuring that young people have access to nature in their everyday lives." ~ Dr. Louise Chawla. Dr. Chawila lists numerous studies that identify specific benefits children can gain from interation with nature: Benefits of Nature for Children's Health Fact Sheet

Building for Life Designing and Understanding the Human-Nature Connection. Stephen R. Kellert, Chapter 3, Nature and Childhood Development; Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2005.

Resurrecting Free Play in Young Children Looking Beyond Fitness and Fatness to Attention, Affiliation, and Affect. Hillary L. Burdette, MD, MS; Robert C. Whitaker, MD, MPH. January 2005, American Medical Association.

Environmental Education in Action

An April 2008 article by Pamela Wood from the Capital Gazette in Maryland: Politicians promote outdoor learning

An April 2008 article on environmental education efforts in Tennessee: Tennessee Brings Outdoors In With Environmental Education

An April 2006 New York Times article by Gail Braccidiferro: Connecting to Nature (and Not by Google)

A 2006 "Every Student Learns Outside™" success story from Oil City Magnet School in Lousiana, through Project Learning Tree: Environmental Education Saves the Day