Integrated Environmental and Outdoor Education in Grades 7-12
Minnesota Department of Education
This project uses environmental and outdoor education strategies to develop academic knowledge and skills. Professional development and program incentive grants will be provided to help teachers use the environment and outdoors as a context for student learning in science, mathematics, social studies and physical education. Activities of this project align with the state goals for environmental education (Minn. Statute § 115A.073), strategies outlined in A Greenprint for Minnesota; and recommendations of the Outdoor Education Legislative Report-2009 submitted by the Outdoor Education Advisory Committee.
1. Students will master state academic standards through environmental and outdoor education approaches.
2. Students will develop environmental and outdoor knowledge and skills.
1. Project coordination and professional development for secondary teachers will be delivered regionally through a “train-the-trainer” model.
2. Incentives for innovative environmental and outdoor education models will be provided through mini-grants.
1. At least 25 middle and high school teachers from five regions will gain knowledge, skills and resources to help students meet the project goals.
2. Five to ten proposals from secondary schools will receive funding to implement model environmental and outdoor education programs that implement the project goals. These programs will reach at least 750 students, 200 or more of whom are considered to be underachieving or at risk of underachieving.