Superlative Sites for EE: Several Perspectives
The WWW offers a fantastic array of resources,
which we might sort into two categories. Most of the links on
EE-link are in the category of "ordinary information that
makes what you are doing a little more efficient." A smaller
number of sites offer tools or ideas that might actually change
the way you or you students deal with or understand environmental
issues. On this page, we'll offer short lists of such sites, organized
to present a coherent EE perspective on the environment through
Perspective 1: Project-based Learning. If the end goal
is for students to extend awareness and appreciation of the environment
into action, then EE must create opportunities for kids
to practice action skills. They need to evaluate, collaborate,
communicate and advocate. Student-directed projects both teach
these skills and achieve real environmental improvements. Here
are four examples:
Creek Restoration Project: Students at Casa Grande High School
began with 3 situations:
1) Government agencies had labeled the creek
"dead" and a nuisance, and plans had been
drawn up to put it in an underground tube.
2) The Creek's Steelhead Trout numbers were
dwindling, bound for extinction.
3) Young people were looking for a way to
feel connected to their environment and
a positive outlook on their future.
address issues including:
1) Health Hazards: Students in Erie,
PA, have been working after school to inform the community about
the health hazards of eating Lake Erie fish.
2) Water Quality: Students in Colorado
areexamining drinking water quality in a low-income neighborhood.
3) Endangered Species Protection: Students
Palm Beach, FL, are working to increase the survival
rate of sea turtles by posting county-made public
awareness signs at local beaches.
4) Wildlife Habitat: Walnut Creek
Middle School students, in Millcreek PA, are creating a
wildlife habitat near their schools, featuring native plants
and nesting boxes designed and built by students.