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February 2021 Education Town Hall

Join Kristie Webber, Education Community Chair and Gabe Tilove, Vice-Chair for their first Education Community Town Hall Meeting in 2021. Please note that break out rooms were not recorded or included in the final recording to promote free conversation...

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2/9/21
February Lunch and Learn! When Nature Goes Virtual: Bringing the outdoors to a K-12 digital audience

During times of uncertainty we are often pushed to our limits--to think outside the box, to build something from nothing, to make the impossible possible. In a world where teaching about nature outdoors is ideal, the education staff at The Morton...

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2/3/21
ESD for 2030: The Future Depends on Us!

The United Nations has established a new decade, beginning in 2020, focused on the power of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). “ESD for 2030” calls for educators to help advance new skills, empower youth, increase public awareness, and build...

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2/7/20
Conifer Care

Conifers are commonly planted in North America to provide year-round screening, as windbreaks or as focal trees in the landscape. However, conifers including certain species of spruce, pine, hemlock, cedar and fir planted in northern areas of North...

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11/14/19
Campus-Based Ecotourism: A Case Study on the Power of Local Ecotourism

Academic campuses across the Great Plains can serve as landscapes for teaching and learning about native flora of cultural importance with regard to food, medicine, and lifeways. Campus visitors (tourists) and local community members could benefit from...

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10/30/19
Standing in the shadows of plants

Plants permeate human life. Our physical and cultural environments are infused with the lives of plants. Even the oxygen in the air we breathe is the result of their biological processes. Indeed, “we rely on plants for food, shelter, fuel, and fibers...

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7/30/19
People and plants: The unbreakable bond

We are losing biodiversity at an unprecedented rate, which will have unknown but                          potentially devastating consequences for the Earth’s planetary systems. Before we can
conserve biodiversity, however, we must understand it...

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12/11/18
Plants and people: Our shared history and future

Humans and plants have a complex relationship extending far back into our joint
evolutionary history. This legacy can be seen today as plants provide nutrition, fiber,
pharmaceuticals, and energy for people and animals across the globe....

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12/11/18
Survey of Adult Education Program Staffing

What staffing does it take to make adult education successful? Laura Vogel shares her survey of Member gardens and presents a scaled comparison of adult education staffing to program size, and invites open discussion from participants.

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4/23/18
Getting Real: Health in the Teaching of Climate and Earth Science

The impacts of climate change on health as well as the societal responses to climate change are varied and significant. In the past five years, recognition of the importance of the health implications of climate change has grown enormously, from major...

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3/14/18
The Power of Trees

New research shows that trees communicate with one another and share nutrients through their roots! They need each other. In urban areas, trees also help us with health, economic and social benefits. They are part of our culture. We need them. So...

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2/14/18
SDG Academy

Universities are beginning to grapple with the complexities of teaching sustainable development, but traditional institutional structures and limited resources can make it hard for them to offer programs that combine all these aspects.

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10/24/17
Integrated Science and Art Education for Creative Climate change Communication

An interdisciplinary field trip to a remote marine lab joined graduate students from fine arts and natural resource science departments to think creatively about the topic of climate change and science communication. We followed a learning cycle...

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10/23/17
National Geographic Professional Development-Programs for K-12 Teaching and Learning

National Geographic Education has been implementing teacher professional development programs for the past 25 years in support of their overarching mission to inspire people to care about the planet, and to prepare teachers to inspire their...

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8/30/17