May: Ecological Education
NDVS theme for May is Environmental education (EE). EE refers to organized efforts to teach how natural environments function, and particularly, how human beings can manage behavior and ecosystems to live sustainably.
Environmental education increases public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues or problems. In doing so, it provides the public with the necessary skills to make informed decisions and take responsible action.
Websites to investigate:
Institute for Applied Ecology
Imaginative Ecological Education program
Engaging Students’ Imaginations in Their World
It is becoming increasingly clear that our survival as a species depends on re-imagining our relationship with nature. We need to cultivate ecological understanding – an awareness of our interconnectedness with the natural world based on particular knowledge and emotional connections with the local, natural world. Current approaches often miss the mark due, to a theoretical and practical neglect of the imagination. http://ierg.ca/IEE/teacher-resources/
YouTube.com is offering a large number of videos for elementary and high school/adult learners.
Environmental Conservation, The 4 R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respond
Biology - The Science of Life - Ecology - Organisms in Their Environment
This fifteen-minute program examines the interactions between organisms in their environments. The program addresses two important questions posed by core-curriculum standards. The first is, "What are ecosystems and how do organisms interact in them?" The second is, "How do matter and energy flow in the environment?" The concepts of ecosystem, population, niche, food chain, food web, energy pyramid, and the carbon cycle are all explained in this program.