Sounds like some kind of vitamin, but “EE” is environmental education and it is good for you in more ways than you might know! Susan Toth, a leader in environmental education for youth and adults, put together a top 10 list of benefits gained from environmental education (EE). While written to address EE in schools, some of these benefits can be seen within communities, too.
Her top ten list includes learners being empowered to share knowledge with others, taking responsible actions to better the environment, and strengthening communities through increased involvement. Here’s the complete list. For more in-depth information, check out Toth’s Top Ten list at Project Learning Tree.
- Imagination and enthusiasm are heightened
- Learning transcends the classroom
- Critical and creative thinking skills are enhanced
- Tolerance and understanding are supported
- State and national learning standards are met for multiple subjects
- Biophobia and nature deficit disorder decline
- Healthy lifestyles are encouraged
- Communities are strengthened
- Responsible action is taken to better the environment
- Students and teachers are empowered