Place-based Education


Place-based Education

Place-based is the belief that teaching happens most effectively through use of the local culture, politics, art, environment, economy, geography etc.... creating a concrete context in which students can build connections to the content being taught.

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Lessons from Professor Snowman - Inquiry Learning 2 Replies

Lessons from Professor Snowman - from my blog…Continue

Tags: inquiry, ideas, lesson, education, place-based

Started by Harmony. Last reply by Stefan Anderson Jan 29, 2013.

The Sandy Classroom

Centers at the Beach…Continue

Started by Harmony Aug 12, 2012.

JW gardner

Cut FlowersI found this gem of a quote by J.W. Gardner recently. Much education today is monumentally…Continue

Started by Harmony Aug 12, 2012.

How did your 2012 Let's G.O. (Get Outside) event go?!

We're so excited to hear about your April events! Please join the Let's G.O.! (Get Outside) group and post your stories and photos.Haven't heard of Let's G.O.! yet? It's not too late!Everyone can…Continue

Started by Daniella (Donna) Drader Apr 17, 2012.

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Comment by Tom Neppl on June 29, 2012 at 5:04am

Thanks Suz!

Comment by Suz Lipman on June 28, 2012 at 2:05pm

Hi Tom! Great question. C&NN member Sharon Danks is the author of "Asphalt to Ecosystems". You can read about it here:

Anyone have any other ideas?

Comment by Tom Neppl on June 28, 2012 at 1:54pm

Any suggestions on great books on growing school gardens, and greening school grounds? It's for a college design course I'll teach this fall - my students will be working with a Midwestern K-12 school and a schoolyard garden is part of  the campus design.

Thanks for your suggestions!

Comment by Michael Brown on May 25, 2012 at 12:07pm

I met yesterday with my small group of Meeker Courtyard Naturalists for an hour after school. After some instruction on how to take field notes, we went outside and walked around the building.

We spotted a bird on a utility wire near the trash dumpster, singing beautifully. I knew it was a male House Finch, but I withheld that info so the students would focus on describing the bird, taking notes, etc.

It soon flew to the roof of the school, perching on the rain gutter. It allowed us to approach fairly closely and we got good looks at it. As we moved toward the northwest corner of the building it flew toward one of the birch trees at the front of the building, and a second bird joined it there. We had difficulty locating the second bird, and were unable to get a description of it (I presume it was a female House Finch). Soon, the male flew back to its previous position on the gutter and started singing again.

We went back toward it again, and soon heard soft "peeping" coming from one of the tall evergreen shrubs. Turns out the House Finches are raising a family.

We soon returned to the classroom, and the students were able to use a field guide to correctly identify our bird. I was very excited for them!

Comment by Michael Brown on February 23, 2012 at 1:04pm

This group sounds like it's right up my alley! I believe in the principles set forth in the group information statement. Eventually I would like to share some of my previous attempts in this area, some successful, some not!

Comment by Stacey Albenberg on December 23, 2011 at 6:26am

I'm in the process of creating a full time K-12 outdoor school in Charleston, SC.  Looking forward to taking advantage of all of the information on this board!

Comment by Juliet Robertson on November 6, 2011 at 3:15pm
Thanks for the feedback - I love that idea of having "wiggle room"!
Comment by Jan Hummer on November 5, 2011 at 1:22pm

Great resources again Juliet just sent out your link Building your Curriculum to a number of folks.  I love the structure very starightforward but has wiggle room for the imagination within outdoor investigations.

Comment by Juliet Robertson on November 5, 2011 at 12:17pm

Two new resources published for Outdoor Learning


1) Building your Curriculum: Outside and In


As an active and productive pedagogy, outdoor learning is an integral part of good practice within learning and teaching. Planning for regular, frequent learning outdoors ensures that progressive and sustainable outdoor learning opportunities are embedded in the curriculum and that they form a central part of the vision and ethos of the school or centre.

Building your Curriculum: Outside and In supports a strategic approach to the development of outdoor learning and provides a framework and process for collaborative planning and review.


2) Outdoor Learning: Practical guidance, ideas and support for teachers and practitioners in Scotland


This resource provides practical, accessible and straightforward advice on how to engage children and young people with learning outdoors. It incorporates ideas for organising learning in the outdoors, for making connections across the curriculum and for planning within curriculum areas. It also includes a CPD framework and supporting materials.


Feedback welcomed - I headed up the team of writers and did the bulk of the writing and editing.

Comment by Connecticut Friends School on October 24, 2011 at 5:13pm
In case anyone lives in southwestern Connecticut, I'd like to invite you to the Admissions Open House at Connecticut Friends School.  (And please share with any friends you know in our area who might be interested too.) We are a small, Preschool - Grade 8, coed, independent school. CFS combines outstanding academics, arts and an extraordinary outdoor education and leadership program with Friends (Quaker) values of simplicity, stewardship, peaceful problem-solving, and mutual respect. Our students play outside, on a wooded play area every day. Field trips to nature centers, planetariums, sculpture and botanical gardens, state parks and preserves, wilderness areas, ropes courses, rock climbing venues, and overnight camping trips are all regular and integral elements of our educational program.

Come learn more about our school...


experiential learning   *   small, co-ed classes

Call to rsvp for our Open House on November 4, 2011, 1:00 – 3:00

CFS is on Route 106 in the Silvermine area of Wilton.

203 762 9860

Thanks everybody!

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