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Enviro-Ethics

Historic photo of several golfers on the former Mount Rainier golf course in the Paradise Valley.
Historic photo of the former Mount Rainier golf course in the Paradise Valley. The golf course was later removed in order to restore the area's delicate subalpine meadows.
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Overview: Children are naturally curios about the environment. They should be encouraged to explore the world around them without causing any damage due to the choices they make in their daily lives. In this activity students will develop a "Personal Code of Environmental Ethics" for exploring and enjoying the natural world and reducing their ecological footprint.
Grade Level:
5 - 8
Objectives: Students will:
  • Distinguish between actions that are harmful and beneficial to the environment.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness and feasibility of making changes in their own behaviors related to the environment.
Lesson Plan:
Enviro-Ethics - word, 45KB
Enviro-Ethics - pdf, 180KB
Resources: Enviro-Ethics Life Web - English
Enviro-Ethics Life Web - Japanese
Personal Code of Environmental Ethics

Did You Know?

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The Paradise meadows were once home to a golf course, rope tows for skiers, an auto campground, and rows of tent cabins. All of these activities damaged the meadows, as does walking off-trail. Management practices have changed over the years, and we now protect and restore our precious subalpine meadows.