Outdoor Environmental Education Program

The Outdoor Environmental Education Program (OEEP) uses a multidisciplinary approach to study nature. Our mission is to inspire a child’s sense of wonder for the natural world and enhance classroom concepts through discovery learning. By employing direct observation and hands-on learning experiences both in and out of the classroom, the OEEP supports and enhances existing school curricula. The OEEP also fosters the sustainable use and preservation of the natural environment by laying the foundation for responsible action and helps districts by:

  • providing engaging lessons and activities that directly support the NYS Science and Common Core Curricula, as well as STEAM education.
  • integrating language arts, math, social studies, science and the arts into environmental concepts.
  • facilitating exciting, interactive experiences with nature for students.
  • utilizing natural resources where students can observe, hypothesize, experiment, collect, analyze and interpret data, and draw conclusions.
  • providing teachers with in-service training, curriculum development, and ongoing instructional support.

Screenshot (90)The Outdoor Environmental Education Program is provided in cooperation with SCOPE Education Services.

 

Why Outdoor Environmental Education?

We depend on the resources of the natural world to sustain us which makes the wise and sustainable use of these resources essential for our own self-interest. From the fossil fuels that generate our electricity and warm our homes, to healthy soils that produce our food, the environment sustains us and meets all of our requirements for life. And so, the need for an environmentally literate population is crucial.

Here at the OEEP, we believe that education is a key component to developing not only an understanding of our earth and its systems, but also a sense of stewardship for the natural world.

“Ecological ignorance breeds indifference. What we know, we may choose to care for. What we fail to recognize, we certainly won’t.” ~ Robert Michael Pyle

Here’s what the experts say! Experiences with nature through environmental and outdoor education:

  • create an increased enthusiasm and motivation in students. Read more.
  • have improved reading and math scores, and improved student performance in science. Read more.
  • are associated with improved memory and attentiveness. Read more.
  • act as a counterbalance to the indoor- and screen-oriented childhood. Read more.
  • help reduce symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder. Read more.