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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Teacher Training

Make learning meaningful and fun for your students by taking them out into the field for hands-on studies in nature. We can schedule a field trip for your class, or help you set up a long-term project. For instance, your class can "adopt a plot" in a nearby park. Your students will have the opportunity to study the habitat and populations over time, be stewards, make discoveries, and get connected to the land.

But with budget cuts and pressure to perform well on tests, you might be wondering how to make this happen at your school. You've probably already heard some of the research about environmental education. Below is a summary of the research that you can take to your administration and parents:

  • Schools with strong environmental programs perform better on standardized tests.
  • Children who spend time in nature show reduced symptoms of ADHD, depression, stress, and anxiety.
  • Children who spend time in nature are less likely to show signs of aggression, or participate in a violent crime.
  • Environmental education increases interest in science and motivation to learn about it.

This information was taken from Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. Get yourself a copy of this fantastic book!