Environmental educators translate the complex web of earth systems science, environmental issues, and environmental change to the public. Our work is to lay bare the interface between humans and the planet in order to facilitate ecological literacy and ecologically responsible behavior. As we assist people in becoming more sensitive to and aware of earth systems and environmental change, we also provide the knowledge, skills, and motivation for sustainable living. Our work is to build a more ecologically literate population that makes decisions with the earth in mind enabled by the knowledge and skills to work individually and collectively toward solutions of current environmental problems and the prevention of new ones through sustainable living.
An effective environmental educator has a working knowledge of natural history and a foundation in ecological principles, earth systems science, and global environmental change. Environmental education requires an understanding of the social, political, and economic aspects of human systems and how they impact the ecological system. Being an environmental educator means understanding how people learn and what motivates and compels people to change. This concentration balances knowledge about the learning process and human development with a solid foundation in environmental science and the acquisition of effective teaching methodologies and educational designs.
Make meaning out of the world.
The best educators help people make meaning out of the world by challenging them to think critically, understand deeply, and translate knowledge into action. Our integrated, experientially based program exposes you to a variety of techniques, educational settings, and curricular designs.