Resources for Environmental Education

The following is a list of resources developed by Sierra Club Atlantic's Advisory Committee on Education of articles, books, and organizations working on Environmental Education

David Sobel - “Beyond Ecophobia”
David Orr- “What is Education For?”
Orion magazine -
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education -

Richard Louv- Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
“Last Child in the Woods is the first book to bring together a new and growing body of research
indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the
physical and emotional health of children and adults. More than just raising an alarm, Louv offers
practical solutions and simple ways to heal the broken bond—and many are right in our own backyard.”

David Orr- Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect
“In Earth in Mind, noted environmental educator David W. Orr focuses not on problems in education,
but on the problem of education. Much of what has gone wrong with the world, he argues, is the result
of inadequate and misdirected education that: alienates us from life in the name of human domination;
causes students to worry about how to make a living before they know who they are; overemphasizes
success and careers; separates feeling from intellect and the practical from the theoretical; deadens the
sense of wonder for the created world.” -

Ecological Literacy: Education and the Transition to a Postmodern World
“Ecological Literacy asks how the discovery of finiteness affects the content and substance of education.
Given the limits of the earth, what should people know and how should they learn it?” -http://

Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World -Edited by Michael K Stone and
Zenobia Barlow

“This spectacular collection of essays by Fritjof Capra, Wendell Berry, Alice Waters, David Orr and
Donella Meadows, to name just a few, is woven together with stories of the editors’ own journeys, over
time, educating for sustainability. The book is organized into a system of four interdependent parts:
Vision, Tradition/Place, Relationship, and Action. The reader can experience the book sequentially or can
enter at any point and travel back and forth between the parts and between each essay and story. No
matter where you enter, the book hangs together as a unified whole.” -From NAAEE Communicator, the
journal of the North American Association for Environmental Education -

David Sobel- Place-Based Education - Connecting Classrooms and Communities,
“It’s a simple proposition really. Bring education back into the neighborhood. Connect students with
adult mentors, conservation commissions, and local businesses. Get teachers and students into the
community, into the woods and on the streets–closer to beauty and true grit. Get the town engineer,
the mayor, and the environmental educators onto the schoolyard and inside the four walls of the
school. This is where we belong.” -

Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the heart in Nature education
“Beyond Ecophobia speaks to teachers, parents, and others interested in nurturing in children the ability
to understand and care for nature. This expanded version of one of Orion Magazine's most popular
articles includes descriptions of developmentally appropriate environmental education activities and a
list of related children's books.” -

Earth Education: A New Beginning by Steve Van Matre

 "This book provides insight into the author's sometimes abrasive, usually entertaining and sometimes painfully honest view of how EE should and should not occur. Van Matre gives simple descriptions of natural systems and the
educational process called earth education.  Earth education is a series of carefully crafted outdoor learning
experiences with lots of theatrics, teaching tools materials, and clearly defined outcomes. The author strongly protests "activity" based programs like Project Wild and Project Learning Tree, and the idea of integrating EE
into classroom curriculum is without value or success in his view. Van Matre's program promotes immersion into nature, carefully designed learning experiences using hooks and experiential activities with goals and teasers that inspire children to return and learn more. Van Matre's ecological concepts, teaching style and strong opinions are a foundation for many environmental programs world wide." -

Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn - Green Teacher Books
-Greening School Grounds: Creating Habitats for Learning
-Teaching About Climate Change: Cool Schools Tackle Global Warming
-Des idées fraîches ä l'école: Activités et projets pour contrer les changements climatiques
-Teaching Green - The Elementary Years
-Teaching Green - The Middle Years
-Teaching Green - The High School Years


Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication
“Canada’s only national, bilingual, charitable network for environmental learning.”

North American Association for Environmental Education
“[A] network of people who believe in teaching people how to think about the environment, not what to
think. Learn how to use high-quality teaching methods to show people how to make a difference in the
world through a positive, non-confrontational approach.”

NAAEE Guidlines for Excellence in Nonformal Environmental Education
“A set of recommendations for developing and administering high quality nonformal environmental
education programs.”

Take Me Outside
“Take Me Outside is a non profit organization whose next project is to run across Canada, encouraging
youth to get outside, be active and reconnect with nature.”

Green Teacher Magazine
“Green Teacher is a Canadian non-profit magazine for youth educators, whether inside or outside
schools. Four times a year, Green Teacher publishes innovative ideas and activities for promoting
environmental literacy and global awareness amongst young people from 6 - 19 years in age.”

Children and Nature Network
“The C&NN was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working nationally and
internationally to reconnect children with nature.”
(Includes resources, reports, maps, news & research, and networking of organizations). http://

Center for Ecoliteracy
“[...] Best known for its pioneering work with school gardens, school lunches, and integrating ecological
principles and sustainability into school curricula. The Center for Ecoliteracy offers books; teaching
guides; professional development seminars; a sustainability leadership academy; keynote presentations;
and consulting services. The Center's website offers hundreds of downloadable resource materials,
including practical guides, essays by leading writers and experts, and inspiring stories of school
communities and organizations across the country that are engaged in this vital work.”

Learning For a Sustainable Future

“LSF is a non-profit Canadian organization that was created to integrate sustainability
education into Canada’s education system.”

Environmental Education in Canada document- Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network http://

Activity Ideas

Local Resources:

New Brunswick Environmental Network

Nova Scotia Environmental Network

Environmental Education Caucus

Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island

Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Network


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