In 2020, I visited a national park for the first time—Zion National Park. I remember wading through the slippery Narrows with my husband, sometimes waist deep, flabbergasted at every turn by the breathtaking views. I remember also being struck by the heat—we had gone in August when it was well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. To […]
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 […]
“Can we go up to the vernal pools tomorrow?” My query was met with quizzical looks. This year’s group of students at Outside School, in Richmond, CA, prefers the comfort of the park at hand and flush toilets. This is despite a solid history of these walks up into the hills delivering consistently on being […]
We interviewed Earth Force CEO and President Vince Meldrum to discuss putting environmental education into action by challenging students to find climate solutions.
Earth Force is putting environmental education into action by empowering young people to make real-world changes. A virtual organization, Earth Force is expanding its reach across the country, including in California where they work with organizations like YES Nature to Neighborhoods in Richmond, CA. In this week’s article, we interviewed Earth Force President and CEO […]
Millions of children have missed out on enriching outdoor science education experiences since the start of the pandemic. That is the conclusion of a new policy brief released on Feb. 8 by The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley that examines the impact of COVID-19 on outdoor science programs nationwide. The […]
Since May 2020, the National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative (NCOLI) has created dozens of free resources to support districts to center equity by returning students to school safely through the use of outdoor spaces for learning. In the spring and summer of 2021, Ten Strands, The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, […]
In a letter to Ten Strands’ community, CEO Karen Cowe reflects on the challenges and accomplishments of 2020 and expresses appreciation for all partners and supporters who have been part of this journey towards statewide K–12 environmental literacy.