Featured Authors

Laura McHugh

Students at Foulks Ranch Elementary School, with teacher and National Geographic Education Fellow Jim Bentley, completed the final phase of their Geo-Inquiry project to address the question, “How can we make water more accessible and reduce plastic waste in our parks and school?” The students helped Cosumnes Community Services District park administrators install a bottle-filling station […]

Dr. Al Mijares

Outside the urban glare of Los Angeles, we found a night sky packed with stars and a still silence interrupted only by the wind’s whisper and the chatter of crickets and frogs. It was different, yet familiar. My father packed little more than a kerosene lamp, a small tent and some fishing gear for those […]

Lesley Taylor

“The students of today will be the architects of future climate strategies and our champions for achieving greenhouse gas reduction targets.” ~State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson 2015 was a big year for environmental and sustainability education, and a critical pivot point. Superintendent Torlakson’s Environmental Literacy Task Force had spent all of 2014 putting […]

Jeanne Knapp

Let’s think about life and learning. Journals are perhaps the most grounded (literally and figuratively!) tool we have for relationship building in life and for learning. Elegant, simple by design and accessible, nature journals are adaptive, easily created, inclusive, and cross-cultural. Each addition is an enhancement to record observable interest, increase understanding, and reflect the […]

Mary Walls

Region 10 of the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network is massive. It encompasses all of what is affectionately called RIMS: Riverside, Inyo, Mono, and San Bernardino counties, almost a quarter of the state’s geographic area. Expanding the work of environmental literacy in this region is made more difficult by the region’s far-flung boundaries, […]

Emily M. Schell, Ed.D.

“Kate felt the trees were her friends. She loved the way they reached toward the sky and how their branches stretched wide to catch the light. Trees seemed to Kate like giant umbrellas that sheltered her and the animals, birds, and plants that lived in the forest. Not everyone feels at home in the woods. […]

Tracey Ritchie

Happy Earth Month! April is an exciting time; flowers are blooming, the temperature is gradually increasing (then suddenly crashing, but hopefully increasing again!), and there is global excitement about taking care of our planet. Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22, and is acknowledged worldwide by people across faith, race, political affiliation, and […]

Shelley Brooks, PhD

This article was written by Dr. Shelley Brooks in collaboration with Candice Dickens-Russell, Jose Flores, Nate Ivy, and Mary Walls. “Social studies is essential to understanding and addressing our environmental challenges. We usually think of science as the lens for learning about the environment, but without geography, economics, civics, psychology, anthropology, history, and sociology, we […]