Environmental education is a great way in integrate curriculum of all levels. My passion is to help other teachers find engaging ways to enhance already existing standards based curriculum to include what Dr. Herb Broda of Ohio's Ashland University a change of "place and pace".
Getting kids out of a two by four (two covers of a book and four walls of a classroom) learning situation and outdoors in meaningful learning venues makes for a more enriching experience.
Dr. Frances E. Kuo, Director of the University of Illinois Landscape and Human Health Laboratory has a done and continues to do research on the benefits of the outdoors on human health, specifically how green environments reduce symptoms of ADHD. She also focuses on how exposure to green environments reduces crime, depression, and domestic violence. I feel with resources like Dr. Kuo and other organizations, we can change our classrooms and other learning environments to ones that others will talk about as the new norm to teaching.
Dr. Michael Cohen has done research on ecotherapy and ecopsychology on gang members and has seen promising results. I find it all fascinating.
The goal of this website is to help others find resources to improve their classrooms, family lives, and personal lives through appreciation and increased exposure to environmental and outdoor venues.
I also have consulting services for those who wish to address specific existing classroom lessons and how they can be enhanced to include relevant environmental education elements.
I am constantly updating the page and look forward to feedback on things you would like to see.
The video below best describes how I feel about why I do what I do in life.