Environmental & Outdoor education

Outdoor Education Class explores prairie grassEnvironmental 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.

YES! LogoIntroducing 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. Contact Katelyn Larsen for details.


A school garden can be a great outdoor classroom

YES! Wins Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award

W-WG students giving back to their community: Fifty-two youths participate in Earth YES program