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Environmental Education/Air Quality Education for Elementary, Middle and High School Audiences

Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE)

2610 Claflin Road Manhattan, KS 66502

Laura Downey

(785)532-3322 ldowney@kacee.org

Shari L. Wilson

(913)287-6879 swilson@kacee.org

what is environmental education air quality education
What is Environmental Education/Air Quality Education?
  • NOT environmental advocacy —rather EE promotes a full understanding of environmental issues through the education process
  • a process directed at creating awareness and understanding of environmental issues, leading to responsible and informed individual and group actions.
  • Heavy emphasis on using the environment as a context to learn critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education available at www.naaee.org
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Support for Environmental Education…

In Kansas, 94% of those surveyed believe it is important to teach EE in schools (KDHE Survey of General Public, 1998).

95% of adults and 96% of parents in the US support Environmental Education being taught in schools(National Report Card on Environmental Knowledge, Attitude and Behaviors, 2001).

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Who We Are…KACEE Membership

KACEE was established in 1969 as a public/privatepartnership with currently more than 200 organizational members and an additional 300+ individual members.

  • Business & Industry
  • Organizations
  • Federal, State, & Local Agencies
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Schools & School Districts
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What We Do…KACEE Activities

  • Environmental Education Workshops
  • Facilitator Training
  • Water Festivals
  • KS Environmental Education Conference
  • Networking & Partnerships
  • Special Programs
  • Ongoing Membership Communications
  • Online EE Community www.kacee.org
sample activity
Sample Activity
  • Project Learning Tree-Air Quality Viewpoints On the Line (sample activity)
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What to Do With Schools—EE/Air Quality Possibilities

  • Conduct hands-on activities with classrooms
  • Help create and support “Air Quality Monitoring Teams”
  • Help to host/organize Teacher Workshops on EE/Air Quality
  • Work with School-Based Green Teams
  • Impact Greenspace/Tree Planting Projects
teacher workshop sample agenda
Teacher WorkshopSample Agenda
  • The Idea Pool (Project WET, p. 7) Air Quality-Pre-Assessment of participant’s knowledge on air/air quality
  • What Is Air? Exploring the Properties of Air (EPA Materials), Inflate a Teacher, Cup in Water, Balancing Act
  • “Finding Sources of Air Pollution in Our Community” (EPA, p. 115), “Invent an Air Monitor” (EPA, p. 105) and “Particulate Collectors”, design and place
  • What are the Risks of Air Pollution? (PLT Secondary Risk Module and Air Quality Issues, Understanding Probability)
  • Minimizing Risks: The Role of Plants (PLT Air Plants Activity)
  • Science Pioneers Overview and review of Ozone Protocol, Lichen and Milkweed Field trip from http://pathfinderscience.net
  • Indoor Air Quality (PLT Secondary Module on Risk-Radon)
  • Air Quality Valueson the Line (PLT Activity and wrap-up)
school projects
School Projects
  • Kansas Green Schools—Coming Soon!! (Funding through the Bureau of Air and Radiation)
    • Tools and resources for combining school greening activities and education
    • Small grant opportunities for schools
  • Air Quality Monitoring Teams
    • collect ongoing air quality data
    • use http://pathfinderscience.net protocols
community projects
Community Projects
  • Greenspace/Tree Planting Projects
    • work with schools, scouts, etc.
    • create more community greenspace
    • plant trees
potential partners resources
Potential Partners/Resources
  • Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (www.kacee.org)
  • Local Health Departments
  • Pathfinder Science: http://pathfinderscience.net
  • EPA Resources: http://www.epa.gov/teachers/curric-air.htm
discussion
Discussion

In what ways could/should businesses, industries, local governments, community leaders and environmental consultants be involved in environmental/air quality education and outreach?

How can KACEE support that involvement?