Environmental education comes in many forms and if done well, it can have a lasting impact on our special places. When neighbors, concerned community members and scientists saw the continued abuse and destruction of natural, cultural, and historic resources at their local park, they came together and formed a community organization called Friends of Ka‘ena (FOK). As FOK worked to solve conflicts and issues impacting the park, they began to engage youth in their service projects. School groups and families participated in beach clean-ups, dune restoration, and outreach. With the success of these projects, FOK members saw new opportunities to reach out to the next generation of stewards. They teamed up with the Navigating Change program and were able to transform the many lessons and standards required for 4th grade students into an amazing journey filled with a metaphorical trip to the islands and atolls of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, an overnight stay filled with stewardship projects, and explorations outside. Don’t miss their journey and learn the steps they took to make it an experience the students won’t forget.
What Would Dr. King do?Conservation projects involving youth can be done in many ways. The Greening Youth Foundation fuses technology, music, sports, literature, and old-fashioned fun to teach children the importance of being stewards of our environment. Greening Youth challenged the metro-Atlanta youth by asking them to answer the question: If Dr. King were alive today, how would he approach current environmental issues? The students were asked to produce a short form movie or PowerPoint presentation to answer the question. The project focused on all age groups from high school, middle school, elementary school, and after-school programs. Intrigued? Learn more here!