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 Thomas Neppl on June 13, 2016 at 12:07pm

Hi everyone,

I'm new to this group and I look forward to reading the discussions to-date and hopefully cultivating a future exchange of ideas with you all. I recently gave a presentation on work I'm involved with in my home state of Iowa. We're working with the community to create a Monarch Butterfly Waystation - we'd like it to become a neighborhood outdoor classroom one day.

I'm a practicing Landscape Architect (I design camps as well) and a university lecturer with an interest in children, youth and the environment as well as STE(A)M programming at camp. I look forward to connecting with you!

Comment by Michael D. Barton on May 4, 2015 at 5:57pm

Since we launched in March 2015 we have sold over 80 "Children at Nature Play" signs - to nature centers, nature-based preschools, wildlife refuges, children & nature advocates, etc. Learn more about the sign that sparks a conversation about connecting children to nature - and order one! - at

Comment by Michael D. Barton on February 25, 2015 at 9:29am

Children at Nature Play signs are ready to order! Use them to raise awareness in your community about the importance of connecting kids to nature.

Comment by Michael D. Barton on January 6, 2015 at 7:53pm

Passionate about connecting kids to nature? Please share my Tee Spring t-shirt campaign to help raise awareness about the importance of children playing in nature. If interested in ordering a t-shirt or sharing the link on your Facebook page, here's the link:

Thank you! - Michael Barton

Comment by John Paull on June 23, 2013 at 4:45pm

Just a question: anyone read Yesterday I Dorothy Paull, published in 1971 by The University of Colorado.

It's an account of a fifth grade class in a UK classroom, 1969, when teachers could use the environment and its delights to engage and motivate children.

Or, Through My Eyes - on becoming a teacher, John Paull, 2012 - a memoir of teaching in the 1960s?

Or, read/seen the blog,

Comment by Kelli Carmack on June 22, 2013 at 6:50pm

Hello everyone!  I would like to pass along a program that I am launching that may be of interest to you.  Please check out The 7th Generation School at

I spent many years as a teacher working with at-risk youth as well as those diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disorders.  I have also recently been a wilderness guide/substance abuse counselor for a wilderness treatment center for young adults.  For many years I have been formulating this program out of my constant question, "What can I do?"  This program is my answer and humble offering to the planet. 

The 7th Generation School is a supplementary program (to a regular or homeschool curriculum) that not only connects youth with the natural world around them but also with the natural world that exists within them.  It is a therapeutic wilderness program (and more) for youth who need something more than what the schools offer.  Our intention is to provide a holistic and eco-centered supplement to our youth so that they may become their vision and purpose in the world.

I hope we get to connect soon!

Comment by Karen Bryant on January 28, 2013 at 9:05pm

Summer Camp is the one place children are allowed to develop their sense of wonder and curiosity.   They are allowed to learn by trial and error, build character, and discover the world around them.  It is all about place based learning.  One unique summer camp connecting children to nature is the one in the article in this link.

Summer camp is one of the best investments in youth enrichment a parent can make for their child.  Please consider it for your child.

Comment by Harmony on January 28, 2013 at 5:15pm

Hi John - Science in general is falling behind in all realms, but inquiry is really hurting. Before making the decision to stay home with my kids I taught exclusively in Title 1 schools. I have seen first hand teachers who do not teach science or social studies until after testing (March here in Alaska... and kids start summer break in May!). Inquiry based learning requires time that teachers no longer have due to the high stakes testing under NCLB. The irony is that student's who learn through inquiry based learning actually do better on the tests, but it doesn't make money for "research based" textbook manufacturers.

Comment by John Paull on November 24, 2012 at 11:04am
Anyone interested in sharing concern about the demise of inquiry science in public schools?
Comment by Debi Duke on June 29, 2012 at 6:26am

Hi Tom -- check out our guide, Farms & Food: A Teaching the Hudson Valley Resource Guide. It includes a section on school gardens.
Good luck with the class!


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