The mission of Ten Strands is to strengthen the partnerships and strategies that will bring environmental literacy to all of California’s K–12 students. I believe strongly in this mission and like many have benefited from the work of Ten Strands. I spent 15 years implementing an environmental education program at the Florida Department of Environmental […]
Statement of Purpose: Ten Strands is introducing its staff through statements of purpose from each member that reveals the motivations and ambitions of their work. Today, we hear from Ten Strands Director of Equity and Inclusion Celeste Royer who shares how her own family traditions bring her hope in establishing a rich culture of environmental […]
Climate change has become a divisive, political issue that has extended to our classrooms. That was a key takeaway from Katie Worth’s new book, Miseducation: How Climate Change Is Taught in America. Worth traveled to many communities to talk to children and teachers about what is being taught in schools about climate change in America’s […]
When the National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative (NCOLI) was launched at the height of the pandemic in 2020, it sought to stem the inequities in education exacerbated by COVID-19. Two years later, founding partners Ten Strands, Green Schoolyards America, the Lawrence Hall of Science, and San Mateo County Office of Education are considering the impact […]
I used to begin work each day by walking down a short trail to my office at Rancho Soñado. On the way down the hill, I’d pass fields of wildflowers where I encountered rabbits, deer, lizards, songbirds, an occasional snake, and even a tarantula. As I’d settle in my office for the day, I’d wait […]
We interviewed three staff members from The Lawrence Hall of Science to discuss outdoor education and California’s safe return to schools.
Shaun Hawke, of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, provides recommendations to educators on how to maximize outdoor spaces.
Ten Strands CEO Karen Cowe, and Craig Strang, of the California Environmental Literacy Initiative Leadership Council, co-authored a piece in the Hechinger Report on the value of outdoor learning during the pandemic.