Improving environmental literacy through experiential learning
Ecology Project International (EPI) has built learning programs around a mission that focuses on youth, connects with nature, and improves environmental literacy through experiential learning. Now, EPI is reaching out to teachers to connect with nature through free, online, NGSS-framed lessons that prepare students to explore their world. Whether teachers choose to connect through local field experiences, explorations of the schoolyard, or experiential learning on a field-based EPI course, the lessons provided in this sequence will help students question, explore, practice science skills, and understand the importance of preserving and protecting the natural world.
The lessons presented here may be used as stand-alone lessons, or as a storyline to introduce concepts addressing energy flow and community interactions, anthropogenic impacts on ecosystems, the value of protecting diversity, and the link between environmental literacy and positive environmental change.
Each lesson includes:
Resources for teachers to help them inspire students to ask questions
Directions on how to use the resources
Suggestions for scaffolding
Links to standards
Various methods of implementation
Support from EPI Education.
EPI COSTA RICA
Human Impact on the Costa Rican Rainforest
The Pacuare Reserve is the focus of scientific exploration, and animals from the Reserve are highlighted in the lessons. Students will be introduced to the scientific process through authentic data that has been collected onsite, and they will have an opportunity to participate in the scientific process as citizen scientists helping evaluate the data. Anthropogenic impacts in the rainforest are also a focus of the lessons and students get a chance to evaluate the efforts of the Costa Rican government to mitigate negative impacts and solve environmental problems.
Populations and Pressures in the GYE
The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is one of the largest nearly-intact temperate ecosystems on earth and is host to amazing biodiversity, geology, and opportunities to understand how systems work and how humans impact nature. The Yellowstone story is complex and features stakeholders who share common interests and different perspectives. Climate change is adding a new twist to the story and all members of the ecosystem, as well as the humans who depend on it, are being impacted. This storyline offers students an introduction to understanding how climate change impacts systems, and how the changes in the GYE are magnified with this new variable. Students will have an opportunity to explore authentic data using engaging media, learn how to create and explain models, and reflect on their impacts on nature and how to create positive change.
Classroom Learning Progressions
Check back soon for our expanded suite of experience-based curriculum bundles.