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Shaun Hawke

More than a year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of traditional schools, residential outdoor science schools, and many other environmental education programs. After the initial shock of having to shut down the outdoor science programs that I managed, I asked myself, “With decades of experience teaching outdoors, how can I help traditional classroom […]

Ten Strands

Sept. 9, 2021 Newsletter

Posted by Ten Strands on September 9, 2021

In this special back-to-school newsletter, we examine five ways that outdoor learning positively impacts students.

As students and educators return to the classroom, they encounter a challenging new world fueled by a global pandemic and academic inequality. Outdoor learning is helping to reimagine the educational environment and inspire the next generation of change-makers. FIVE BENEFITS OF OUTDOOR LEARNING Increased Connection: School closures and distance learning deprived students of the interpersonal […]

Ten Strands

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.

Ten Strands

California leaders across county offices of education and nonprofit organization, Ten Strands, are joining forces to expand access to environmental literacy through the launch of the Environmental Literacy Community of Practice (COP). Spearheaded by the County Office of Education (COE) Innovation Hub within California Environmental Literacy Initiative, this group of changemakers will build the capacity […]

Ten Strands

Aug. 24, 2021 Newsletter

Posted by Ten Strands on August 24, 2021

This week’s newsletter features Dr. Thomas Herman, of the Department of Geography at San Diego State University, writing about the launch California’s Hub for Environmental Learning and Action (CHELA), a website resource that uses geographic data to accelerate environmental learning.

Thomas Herman

California’s Hub for Environmental Learning and Action (CHELA) is a new website resource for inquiry- and place-based learning on topics related to environmental literacy and environmental justice. It is designed to leverage the power of geospatial technologies to accelerate environmental learning, connect to students’ lived experiences, and support them in pursuing their interests in confronting […]