Just as the Earth is a complex system made up of smaller systems—no one system having the ability to function to its full potential without the other—so functions the brain, itself a dynamic system made up of smaller complex systems.
"Learning and brain development are interdependent neural networks. Development of the brain influences behavior and learning, and in turn, learning influences brain development and brain health." (How People Learn: Learners, Contexts and Cultures)
Numerous research reports from the 1970s to present day detail the benefits that learning in nature has on students’ cognitive development and function, social-emotional well-being, fine and gross motor skills, and physical health.
The lessons and activities from Eco-Schools USA are designed to educate the whole child, meeting the unique developmental and academic needs of students in each grade band; while at the same time focusing on the critical components of outdoor education that contribute to a meaningful, rigorous, and active education.
Designed using NGSS for grades PreK-12, this curriculum empowers students to restore monarch habitat and support scientists by counting and reporting monarch observations during the spring and fall migration.
Climate Change Education
Integrate climate change education into the classroom, raising awareness about its impacts and inspiring creative solutions for student action.
The updated Schoolyard Habitats® Planning Guide is a resource for creating an outdoor learning environment that integrates activities and STEAM lessons into the planning process.