Winter 2018 quarter
Environmental literacy and engagement are considered essential to furthering goals of sustainability, environmental protection, and climate justice – but how is such literacy developed? This course examines a variety of recognized disciplines within Environmental Education (EE), including outdoor leadership, K-12 education, and citizen science. While exploring the history and development of these fields, we will also critically examine their goals and limitations and consider possibilities for improvement and change. Guest speakers and field trips will contribute to our understanding of EE and how it is interpreted and practiced by multiple stakeholders. Students should expect to gain a more historical understanding of EE, develop insights into real-world challenges to implementing good EE, and add new tools to their educator/communicator toolbox. Note: We will have two all-day Saturday field trips (dates TBA).
Andrea Martin is the Assistant Director of Evergreen’s Master of Environmental Studies program. She has been leading and participating in outdoor and environmental education programs since 2009 all over the western United States. As an MES student from 2011-13, she investigated the long-term influence outdoor education opportunities have on environmental decision making. After completing her MES, Andrea worked with the non-profit Washington Trails Association, where she led their state-wide youth stewardship and leadership programs and supported the development of their equity and inclusion initiatives.
Location and Schedule
Monday 6-10 pm