Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Exploring Ecosystems (SHRUBs- Students Helping Restore Unique Biomes).- Day 2 - Section 2: Engage


Research has been showing that students need to get outside more often, especially for learning experiences. Richard Louv has written several books about this and has coined the term "Nature Deficit Disorder" because children and adults are not experiencing nature enough.

I am fortunate that I live and teach right next to a National Park and this has enabled me to get my kids outside. It also helps that the weather here in California stays pleasant almost all year long.

My students absolutely love getting outside and going on these field trips. They learn so much just by going out and observing. It is also helpful to have the partnership with the National Park Service because we work on these experiences and lessons together.

I know that taking 20 to 35 kids or more on a hike sounds daunting, but with the right mindset, resources and motivation, it can be done. Here's a Powerpoint presentation called Mother Nature as Guest Teacher I did recently that can give you more information about how to get your kids outside and links to resources to help you do this. 

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Outdoor Education
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Exploring Ecosystems (SHRUBs- Students Helping Restore Unique Biomes).- Day 2

Unit 4: Ecosystems
Lesson 7 of 9

Objective: SWBAT identify the different parts of our local ecosystem and help with restoring native plants.

Big Idea: Learning and studying about ecosystems by actually visiting them allows students to make real world connections.

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