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Green Schools Conference & Expo 2016

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Outdoor Classroom: Connecting Learners and Community through Environmental Science and Service Learning

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Green Schools Conference & Expo 2016

  1. 1. Outdoor Classroom: Connecting Learners and Community through Environmental Science and Service Learning Ed Loiselle, Social Studies, Shakopee High School, MN Billy Koenig, Biology, Shakopee High School, MN Senenge T. Andzenge, University of Minnesota
  2. 2. The beginnings of this class STRAW Last Child in the woods Friday with Aldo!
  3. 3. What do we do? Environmental Ethics Triple Bottom Line 2 Main Projects Social Environmental Economic Community
  4. 4. 2016ecology.blogspot.com
  5. 5. Minnesota Based Project • Students investigate a current local issue through the Triple Bottom Line • Create a research plan • Collect data • Produce a Public Service Announcement • Share their learnings with their community
  6. 6. Service Learning Project • Students identify an issue in the community (human & natural) • Research the problem • Identify possible solutions • Take action/preform a service
  7. 7. Sample projects
  8. 8. Day-to-day Logistics
  9. 9. Day-to-day Logistics Connections to community • Local Farmers- speakers and visiting a farm • Local Beekeepers- donated bees and education • Shakopee Public Utilities- windmill and solar panels • Shakopee Mdewakanton- donations and education • City of Shakopee- guidance • Prior Lake Park District- talk in front of board, guidance, help with donation • Climate Generation- COP21 • DemCon- teaching and donation • RAHR- tours and donations • MN DNR- education restoration projects • University of Minnesota • STEM Education Center- professional development, curriculum support, technology integration
  10. 10. Our staying power • Donations! Over $200,000 • ELC • 4th Grade Day • Outdoor Gardens • Outdoor Classroom
  11. 11. Contact Ed Loiselle (Social Studies) eloisell@shakopee.k12.mn.us Billy Koenig (Biology) wkoenig@shakopee.k12.mn.us

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