(3.0 cr; Prereq-Soph; fall, every year)
This course will take a foundational view of Environmental Education/Naturalist, its history, theories, methodologies, and practical skills for outdoor teaching with the aim to make students aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the Environmental Education field. Upon completion of this course a student should: (1) Know the historic roots of environmental education. (2) Develop an understanding of interpretation/naturalist. (3) Understand principles of environmental education. (4) Use basic ecology with real world applications for teaching. (5) Understand relationships among social and natural systems. (6) Apply investigative skills to solve EE problems. (7) Apply Awareness to Action, Environmental Education model. (8) Use parks and other natural/human-made settings to teach EE. (9) Apply Environmental Education to MN's Graduation Standards. (10) Understand/Apply learning theory to teaching informal EE
Class Time: 60% Lecture, 40% Discussion.
Work Load: 30 pages reading per week, 25 pages writing per term, 2 exams, 4 papers.
Grade: 20% mid exam, 20% final exam, 20% reports/papers, 15% special projects, 5% quizzes, 15% in-class presentation, 5% class participation.
Exam Format: short answers, fill in the blank, matching, multiple choice essay and true/false