Engaging Students in Environmental Stewardship through Adventure LearningPrincipal Investigators: Nicole Rom, Kristen Poppleton, Will Steger Foundation
Project Website: http://www.willstegerfoundation.org/
Minnesota's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund
Engaging Students in Environmental Stewardship through Adventure Learning investigates connections between ecosystems, resources and climate, while weaving Will Steger's adventures into curriculum and training, and providing leadership opportunities and networking for schools across the state.
The overarching goal of Engaging Students in Environmental Stewardship through Adventure Learning is to build awareness and interest in Minnesota's natural environment and the impact of climate change, and to provide educators and students with the tools necessary for active and life-long stewardship.
In order to engage people in climate change solutions, we must start by fostering a sense of connection to Minnesota's ecosystems and then build an understanding of the immediate and long-term impacts of climate change. The Will Steger Foundation, in partnership with academic and civic partners, will meet this need by developing, evaluating, and implementing an adventure learning climate change education program, which ties Will Steger's adventures with engaging content on Minnesota's natural environment and the impacts of climate change. The program includes: (a) Grades 3-12 curriculum that is reviewed by educators, aligned to Minnesota state standards, is interdisciplinary and experiential in nature; (b) professional development opportunities for over 300 Minnesota educators (i.e. Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, 2010-2012); (c) an online classroom, including multi-media resources and social networking features; and (d) evaluation.
Through the program, students will explore Minnesota's diverse ecosystems, observe and document Minnesota's changing climate, investigate the implications of a changing climate from the local to global scale, and finally engage in protecting the resource through student-led action projects. The program will result in increased stewardship of Minnesota's environment, an understanding of climate change impacts in Minnesota, and meaningful student and community engagement.
Minnesota Changing Climate Curriculum Overview (Acrobat (PDF) 329kB Jun13 11)
Education Program Manager
kristen AT willstegerfoundation.org