|Environmental Education in the Schools (Peace Corps, 1993)|
|Activities, activities and more activities|
"You learn that if you sit in the woods and wait, something
-Henry David Thoreau
Although it's important to take field trips to expose your students to experiences away from the school grounds, it's also important to spend time outside in your local environment, including time investigating the school grounds. There are many activities you can do in any outdoor area that can relate to every subject in the curriculum. From using the environment as a living lab to enhance your science and math studies to using it to help inspire your students to create poetry, there are many innovative ways to promote outdoor experiences with your students. In many areas around the world, urban areas are increasing so rapidly that students rarely get an opportunity to spend quality time in the out-of-doors. And many people worry that this alienation can create a feeling of separateness and disinterest in the environment.
Outdoor experiences can enhance science, language arts, history, and many other subject areas. In addition, outdoor experiences can enhance awareness about environmental issues and influence attitudes about the natural world. In this section, we've included three outdoor activities. The first takes students on a sensory hike through a forest. The second is a weather-related scavenger hunt. And the final activity is an insect-bingo hike. All can be adapted to a variety of sites and ages.
ACTIVITIES IN THIS SECTION
1. EXPANDING SENSORY PERCEPTION, reprinted with permission from Project Learning Tree, published by the American Forest Foundation and the Western Regional Environmental Education Council (1990).
2. WEATHER SCAVENGER HUNT, reprinted with permission from Ranger Rick's NatureScope: Wild About Weather published by the National Wildlife Federation (1985).
3. INSECT BINGO reprinted with permission from Ranger
Rick's NatureScope: Incredible Insects published by the National Wildlife