Learning Landscapes on a National Stage
Learning Landcapes at the Forefront of National Conversation on Bringing Kids and Land Together
"This is an historic moment - there's a growing momentum to bring environmental education and land trusts together. The time is ripe."
These are the comments of Learning Landscapes Coordinator Rob Wade after FRLT's Learning Landscapes program was featured at the 2013 National Land Conservation Conference, the nation's largest gathering of land conservation leaders, in New Orleans in September.
Executive Director Paul Hardy and Learning Landscapes Coordinator Rob Wade led the 4-hour seminar designed to inspire and offer practical assistance for land trusts around the country to partner with local schools to engage children in place-based learning and stewardship education.
Participants and seminar leaders alike were energized by the growing momentum to use lands conserved by land trusts to grow a new generation of land stewards and conservationists. With your help, we're already doing it here in the Feather River Country, and we're seeing the promise for similar efforts across the country.
Here's what a few participants had to say:
"We really enjoyed your presentation. Rob and Paul were very informative. Thank you for all you are doing to foster our young naturalists!" ~Peninsula Open Space Trust Staff
"One of the reasons Learning Landscapes is great is because they conserve land next to schools. But the REAL story is being able to partner with talented people in your community, a motivated school district, and teachers. We can get so much farther by collaborating. I give a lot of credit to FRLT - people in the room who were on the fence about educating the next generation left realizing they don't have to do it all themselves. There are quality, talented people in your community and motivated educators. Look for them!" ~ Ryan Olson, Executive Director of Muddy Sneakers, North Carolina
Learning Landcapes featured in National Journal - Read the Learning Landscapes Story!
Learning Landscapes was also recently featured in Children, Youth, and Environments, one of the world's leading environmental education publications, published by University of Colorado. It tells the Learning Landscapes story from birth to today. Read the article, written by Rob Wade, here: Learning Landscapes: Nurturing a Child's Relationship to Land and Learning.
Did you know that Learning Landscapes is a one-of-a-kind program? What makes it so unique?
1. Learning Landscapes conserves outdoor classrooms right next to public schools, so teachers and students can walk there on a daily basis. Why does that matter? No field trip budget or buses required to have outstanding outdoor learning experiences. AND when students learn from and care for the same plot of land year after year, they not only develop a relationship with the land, but they also can develop a robust stewardship ethic.
2. Learning Landscapes trains and supports teachers as outdoor educators. Rather than offering one-time outdoor learning "events" directly for children, when teachers are empowered as the primary educators, they incorporate outdoor learning into their daily activities across the curriculum.
3. Learning Landscapes is all about collaboration. Each contributes what they are good at. As a land trust, we partner with 3 local school districts, 14 different landowners, 100+ dedicated teachers, and incredible volunteers and community partners like Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, Plumas Audubon, Feather River College, the Feather River Coordinated Resource Management, and generous members like you.
YOU are helping to make it happen. Thank you!