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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.

Introducing YES! – the Youth Energy Summit

“Youth are going to be the people to make the change.” – YES! student
YES! empowers youth to partner with their community
 to create economic and environmental vitality through hands-on learning and team-based projects. YES! provides a unique opportunity for students to learn by engaging directly in community efforts that lead to dramatic demonstrations of renewable energy technology and conservation practices and exposes them to how science is applied in real life. YES! is a program of Prairie Woods ELC in partnership with Ney Nature Center. 
Register your school/team now to participate in the 2015-16 program. Contact Katelyn Larsen at for details.



Joyce Swenson, Ph. 507-389-2461 or 612-578-3377 Fax 507-389-1772

Mary Hillmann, Ph. 507-389-2509 or 952-715-8745 Fax 507-389-1772 

Additional Information




Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund

Youth Energy Summit (YES!)

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