Title

Promoting Environmental Stewardship in Poudre School District's Elementary Classrooms

Date of Award

11-21-2009

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Advisor

Kathy Flanagan

Keywords

elementary; environment; environmental education; lesson plan; sustainability

Abstract

Education is the most powerful tool at our disposal to help solve and prevent environmental problems. Environmental education aims to educate the whole child by empowering them with a solid foundation of knowledge while giving them the opportunity to build the skills needed to enhance their problem-solving abilities. This Capstone Project is an example of how school districts can enhance their existing science curriculum and develop an effective environmental education program by adhering to certain principles. Using Poudre School District science curriculum as the launching platform, this Capstone Project contains numerous lesson plans that allow teachers in elementary schools to implement an environmental education program and change their students' attitude towards the environment while meeting their district mandated standards.

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