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What it is:
The Census of Community-Based Environmental Learning is dedicated to taking the first steps toward building the capacity and networks for community-based environmental education fields in the state of Maine. A census of to determine who, where, and how K-12 youth are engaging in this type of learning in formal and informal settings was deployed between October and February and a report will be available by Summer 2019.
We are interested in learning how schools and organizations (including nonprofits, afterschool programs, land trusts, libraries, etc.) across Maine are educating K-12 youth about the environment while also connecting them to their communities. These learning experiences do not have to necessarily take place outdoors, but they do need to connect to locally relevant content. There are many terms for this type of learning, including “Nature-Based Education,” “Environmental Education,” “Place-Based Education,” and many others. We want to hear about all of the work being done in Maine that may fall into these categories.
Our Goals: Data collected will be used to generate a baseline report to be updated regularly for in-school and out-of-school K-12 to include:
- Professional development needs
- Challenges and creative solutions
- Inequities in access
- Opportunities for improvement in practice
- Success stories we can all celebrate
With the data that we have gathered from over 600 individuals in Maine, we are addressing questions such as what creative solutions have educators come up with to overcome challenges and barriers to implementing community-based environmental learning? Are there certain areas of the state or certain types of schools that aren’t being equitably served? Can we identify those populations and determine a way to support them? What are the key leverage points that we could use to support educators in continuing to improve their educational practice in community-based environmental learning?
We have recruited an advisory board of leaders in the field of environmental education in Maine to help us accomplish these goals. For more information or if you would like to be a part of this project, please contact MMSA Research Associate Alex Brasili, firstname.lastname@example.org