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A Place-based Environmental Science Curriculum

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This past fall and winter Craig Holdrege participated in the development of an environmental science curriculum for the middle school for the Detroit Waldorf School, along with Michael D’Aleo, and Gary Banks (both Waldorf teachers and scientists with a passion for environmental topics). The school’s question was: Could a curriculum be developed that weaves together a phenomenological approach to science, environmental and social justice awareness, and service learning opportunities. The challenge was to craft a curriculum that would involve firsthand student experiences and not just the transfer of information. Moreover, it was important that this curriculum be place-based so that the students could learn about the environment in and around Detroit and also be involved in community activities such as river monitoring and urban gardening.

We are happy to make available online Craig’s curricular outline for the topic of Plant and Human Interactions (Craig Holdrege, 2011).

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