Environmental Education in Public Schools
Expanding upon children's natural curiosity, we have created a rich variety of experiential programs for grades 1-9 that encourage children to explore and discover nature's bounty.
Kids love playing and adventure, and we give them both. One of our hallmark programs is the school-based community garden. Enlisting the entire school staff, parents, children and the neighborhood, we integrate environmental studies into class-based learning and garden-based activities. With workshops on agriculture, recycling, sustainability, local and global environmental issues, the children connect with the Land, its history and heritage on an entirely new level. In the process, we help the school become green-managed and environmentally minded. The ripple effect can be felt throughout the community.
The various SPNI projects, such as environmental education in public schools and Children Leading Change create a wide base of informed and involved young leadership. They form the basis for a national children's network for environmental activism.
Children Make A Difference
Over 15,000 elementary and middle school children, from some 500 classes, participate in the Children Leading Change educational series. This multi-year program promotes fundamental change in the relationship between society and the environment by raising awareness of environmental issues and encouraging community activism during these formative years.
The children participate in 15-30 field and classroom based meetings throughout the academic year, focusing on recycling, community gardens, energy efficiency, sustainablility, and other environmental issues. SPNI guides both lead teh classes and work with school staff to develop the environmental curriculum and activities. In parallel, the children devise plans for improving their surrounding environment, increasing awareness, community activism , and creating a community event aimed to advance a specific topic.
- Increasing environmental awareness
- Educating on sustainable living
- Developing an emotional connection, a sense of belonging and responsibility towards one's community and surrounding environment
- Empowering youth towards leading social and environmental change