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“The real world is outside—get into it!"
Environmental education is an excellent means for interdisciplinary teaching, providing skills and knowledge that can be easily transferred to other disciplines.

Environmental education enhances:
  • Awareness – developing an awareness and sensitivity to the environment
  • Knowledge – acquiring a basic understanding of the environment and its problems
  • Attitudes – acquiring a set of values and feelings of concern for the environment and motivation for participating in improving and protecting it
  • Skills – acquiring skills for identifying and solving environmental problems
  • Participation – encouraging active involvement in resolving and preventing environmental problems (from the Tbilisi document, 1977) 
Outdoor education draws upon the philosophy, theory, and practices of experiential and environmental education. Education research (Lieberman & Hoddy, 1998) shows that when the natural and cultural environment is a focus of experiential learning in school, wonderful things happen: increased enthusiasm for learning, greater pride in accomplishments, fewer discipline problems, better attendance and better scores on standardized tests.

South Central Service Cooperative is collaborating with several educational organizations, agencies and businesses to provide experiences in environmental and outdoor education. Take advantage of these opportunities to advance teaching and learning in your district.

► Let’s Get Outside: Tips for Parents and Teachers from an Environmental Educator and Creative Dad Podcast
April is Let’s G.O. (Get Outside) month, a great time to remind yourself why being out in nature is so important to your children’s health and well-being – and your own! This week’s Mom Enough guest, Jeff Ledermann, has spent the last 20 years working with the Minnesota Department of Education to help educators integrate nature and the outdoors into their teaching. And as the father of two daughters, he has come up with some fun ways to support them in building a healthy, outdoor lifestyle, including starting a Fishing Daughters Club. Jeff, Marti and Erin are kindred spirits when it comes to getting the whole family outside, and we’re sure you’ll want to put some of Jeff’s helpful ideas into practice in your family. Click to view the entire article/podcast.

► Prairies, Big Woods and Wildlife
Date: April 16
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Ney Center, 28003 Nature Center Lane, Henderson, MN 56044
Participants: K-5 teachers
Registration Deadline: One week prior
Fee: $50/person, lunch and materials included
Content: Join SCSC and area master naturalists at the Ney Center in Henderson for a day of outdoor and environmental education aligned to the Minnesota science standards.
Contact: Mary Hillmann, Ph. 952-715-8745, Fax 507-389-1772
Download workshop flier.

► Calendar in the Classroom
Date: May 10
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: South Central Service Cooperative, 2075 Lookout Drive, North Mankato, MN 56003
Participants: K-8 educators
Registration Deadline: One week before session of choice
Fee: $25/person includes materials and afternoon snack
Content: The Jeffers Foundation, in collaboration with Minnesota elementary teachers, developed a series of standards-based grade level lessons utilizing information and principles contained completely in the Freshwater Society Minnesota Weatherguide Environment Calendar. The Freshwater Society graciously provides Calendars to every teacher who uses the program.
Contact: Mary Hillmann, Ph. 952-715-8745, Fax 507-389-1772

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