Introduction to Mount Rainier Institute

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Presentation given by: John Hayes, Director of the Mount Rainier Institute, October 2012

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Introduction to Mount Rainier Institute

  1. 1. Mount RainierInstitute
  2. 2.   Overnight Environmental Education Center •  Multiple day experience •  Immersive •  Using Pack Forest & Mount Rainier National  Middle & High School students (target audience) •  4-6 grade •  Adults & Family •  College & Professional •  Underrepresented groups  World Class Education Center •  Science focus (STEM) •  Natural History, outdoor recreation, natural resource management •  Interdisciplinary (social studies, arts, etc.) •  Connected ERLS (i.e. Standards based)
  3. 3.   Help students develop their relationship with the environment through education •  Appreciation for nature •  Build confidence in being outdoors •  Build leadership skills •  Build knowledge •  Explore complex environmental issues •  Foster hope  Build a foundation for students to consider natural sciences a career path •  Particularly important for underrepresented groups •  Provide role models  Connect students to National Parks  Strengthen connections with higher education •  Partner with UW Tacoma teacher training program
  4. 4. “If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are.” Wendell Berry
  5. 5. Why?• Happier: Nature play increasesself-esteem, improves psychologicalhealth and reduces stress. Childrenlearn self-discipline and are morecooperative.• Healthier: Nature play improvesphysical conditioning and reducesobesity.• Smarter: Nature play stimulatescreativity and improves problemsolving. Children do better in school.
  6. 6.   Iconic National Park  Education Education Education  Close the gap  Generation “M”
  7. 7. “I like to play indoorsbetter‘cause that’s where all theelectric outlets are.”4th grader in San Diegofrom Last Child in the Woods
  8. 8.  Pack Forest- home base Mount Rainier National Park
  9. 9.  Target Fall of 2014 •  Planning •  Initial curriculum development •  Pilot programs/Fundraising •  Refinement •  Gear up & Recruitment •  Launch •  Evaluate & Refinement
  10. 10.  Identify key stakeholders & “champions” •  Potential partners •  Funders Gather a planning team •  Confirm mission & vision •  Develop a “programmatic framework” Implementation plan Develop business plan •  Sustainability •  Market analysis
  11. 11.  Market •  Compete vs. Complement Logistics •  Transportation •  Ideal teaching areas Defining Sustainability Branding Funding

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