Place-Based Education Websites

  • Getting Smart:  Place-Based Education  Wealth of current articles, podcasts, program examples of place-based learning as “anytime, anywhere learning that leverages the power of place, and not just the power of technology, to personalize learning.” 

  • Promise of Place - defines place-based education at and gives vignette samples as well as in-depth project descriptions cross-referenced for searches
  • Discovering Place - examples of place-based student projects and activities
  • Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education - promotes science-based environmental education - workshops and conferences for teachers; esp. see Environmental Literacy Plan for Kansas. Environmental Education Standards for Kansas - contains benchmarks and instructional examples.  Also Kansans for Children in Nature program.
  • Kansas Built Environment and the Outdoors Summit 19 October 2010 (PDF). Getting Kids Outside: What’s Happening in Kansas? Presentation about benefits of outdoor activity - good basic facts and examples of helpful programs
  • Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism - Outdoor Wildlife Learning Sites (OWLS
    grant program to fund construction of small wildlife habitat areas on school grounds  
  • Kansas School Naturalist (pdf of booklet): “Last Child on the Prairie: A Directory for Parents and Teachers for Returning Children to the Outdoors” - Strong evidence for teachers to explain why nature videos and in-class games are no substitute for getting students back into nature. Also, wonderful list of resources - outdoor places to go, information sources, organization, activities. Great quotations/observations on the profound importance of getting children outside in natural places
  • Kansas Wildscape. Outdoor Kansas for Kids (O. K. Kids) Publicize and promote many outdoor nature-related events for kids around the state
  • Project Learning Tree Environmental curriculum. Established environmental curriculum. Most must be purchased or attend workshops. Sample Lesson Plan: “Who Speaks for the Trees” Students read (or watch!) Drive. Seuss’ The Lorax and examine the importance of the sustainable management of natural resources. Some simple but great outdoor activities on website for families at parks, backyards, etc.