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“Restoring Environmental Balance to the Techno-mersion Paradigm” Tom Occhipinti Environmental Education Coordinator Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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“Restoring Environmental Balance to the Techno-mersion Paradigm”Tom OcchipintiEnvironmental Education CoordinatorMichigan Department of Environmental Quality

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By the time the average American child has reached the age of five, he or she has spent more time watching television than the average college student spends attaining a degree.

Dr. Herb Broda, Education Professor at Ashland University

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The very generation that will face the most difficult environmental issues will have the least exposure, understanding, and appreciation for the environment.
health risks
Health Risks

Kevin Coyle, National Wildlife Federation

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An hour per day of outdoor and physical play and activity is recommended.

Centers for Disease Control, American Academy of Pediatrics, and National Wildlife Federation

a sense of place
A Sense of Place

Using the local community as the classroom

great lakes stewardship initiative
Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative
  • Discovering PLACE
  • GRAND Learning Network
  • Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative
  • Groundswell
  • Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative
  • Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative
  • Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition
  • West Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative
michigan no child left inside
Environmental Literacy

MORE Blueprint

Marketing and Outreach

Outdoor Learning

Capacity Building

Communication

Steering

Michigan No Child Left Inside
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An association of professional environmental and outdoor educators promoting environmental literacy through education.
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Provides a large network of support for communities and businesses
  • Involved with natural resources at the local level
  • 4-H Youth Conservation Council
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Network of 33 math and

science centers to provide

resources to educators in the

fields of math and science

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The Stewardship Network:

Connecting in Michigan to protect our natural areas

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Grassroots Organization
  • 8 Regional Clusters
  • 4,000 Michigan Partners
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Environmental education curriculum units

targeted toward Michigan middle schools

meecs
MEECS

To provide students with the skills and understanding needed to make informed decisions based on:

  • Science concepts
  • Economics and ecological sustainability
  • The role of government
  • Stewardship and pollution prevention
  • The impact and consequences of individual decisions
  • Data-based decision-making
a need for environmental education
A Need for Environmental Education

For the first time in history, we are faced

with the real possibility that life-spans for

the youngest generation may struggle to

reach current life spans projected for

middle-aged adults.

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