History of Forest For Every Classroom
Photo by Rob Hanson
"Public lands have tremendous potential to contribute to education and quality of life in our communities. If we can get young people thinking about not only the future of their parks and forest but also the future of their local communities, that's the beginning of lifelong learning, and it's also cultivating stewardship."
A Common Vision
Inspired by a common vision of students learning from and caring for public lands, Shelburne Farms, the Conservation Study Institute, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, the Green Mountain National Forest, and the Northeast Office of the National Wildlife Federation joined efforts to create A Forest for Every Classroom (FFEC).
Innovation Through Collaboration
On-going Teachers Support and Program Refinement
Program and Partnership Evaluation
In the summer of 2004, The Journal of Environmental Education published an article reporting on the results of the PEEC cross-program evaluation study. The article reports on two aspects of the study: a cross-program analysis of the four programs' strengths and challenges, and an analysis of trends in teacher practice change across the programs. Click here for the article (pdf - 927kb)*
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Sharing Our Successes!
Promise of Place: The partners also created the Promise of Place website to share lessons learned through FFEC and to provide additional place-based education tools, resources, and curriculum. To learn more please visit www.promiseofplace.org.
New Hampshire FFEC Replication Program: In 2006, the New Hampshire Project Learning Tree, Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, White Mountain National Forest, and the USDA Forest Service's State and Private Forestry Branch came together to serve as a collaborative partnership to replicate the FFEC program in central New Hampshire. Using the Vermont program as a model, the NH FFEC program focuses on middle high school teachers and aims to strengthen teacher knowledge and skills in natural science. The New Hampshire FFEC partnership is planning to run another FFEC program in 2007-2008.
A Trail to Every Classroom is a place-based education and service-learning professional development program developed in partnership with and based on the FFEC model. Using the Appalachian Trial as its main focus, the goal of the program is to connect teachers with local resource specialists to create curricula that connect students to the Appalachian Trial. This year-long professional development series will be offered for graduate credit through Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV.
Training Modules: Drawing on the lessons-learned from the FFEC model, the partners have developed a comprehensive place-based education manual and training program that will be disseminated throughout the National Park Service and US Forest Service, and to educators and communities across the country. The manual outlines the keys to successful place-based programs and aids participants in developing partnerships between public land agencies, nonprofit organizations, teachers, and community members.
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Did You Know?
Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. wrote to George Perkins Marsh in 1857, asking his advice on promoting "free soil" settlement in Texas to challenge the westward expansion of slavery. Strongly anti-slavery, both men would also champion land stewardship and public access to places like Yosemite Valley.