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a group of older elementary kids look at water samples collected from nearby stream

*This is part 7 of 9 from The Urban Difference: Report 2018

Benefits of Environmental Education

Environmental education helps students to connect with real world environmental issues where they become confident problems solvers and leaders in the fight to protect our natural resources.

Environmental education improves more than a student’s knowledge of environmental issues. Researchers at Stanford University reviewed over 100 studies on environmental education over a 20-year period for youth in grades K-12. They discovered that environmental education yielded major impacts such as problem-solving, teamwork, civic interest, leadership, and other character-building skills. These skills are the cornerstone of Alabama Extension youth development education.

The Urban Environmental Science Education Program (UESEP) was designed to enhance in-school and after-school education using a curriculum and hands-on learning experiences. In 2018, 478 youth learned the impacts of non-point pollution, the importance of pollinators and natural resource conservation, and the long-term benefits of waste management.

As a result:

  • 392 (82%) students increased their knowledge of water quality and quantity.
  • 373 (78%) students increased their knowledge of natural resource conservation and 344 (42%) youth could name a natural resource like soil and water.
  • 359 (75%) students increased their knowledge of forestry and wildlife.
  • 349 (73%) students increased their knowledge of energy and waste management.
  • 411 (86%) students indicated they wanted to become better environmental stewards.

Student comments further revealed that they had fun while learning and enjoyed interacting with nature.

Students gather samples and clean up trash from urban stream

Continue to:

Part 1 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, From the Administrators
Part 2 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Urban 4-H Youth Development & Volunteerism
Part 3 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Animal Science & Forages
Part 4 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Consumer Sciences & Personal Financial Management
Part 5 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Economic and Community Development
Part 6 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Family & Child Development
Part 7 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Forestry, Wildlife, & Natural Resources
Part 8 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Home Grounds, Gardens & Home Pests
Part 9 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Human Nutrition, Diet & Health

Download the complete pdf file publication: UPN-2155 The Urban Difference: Report 2018

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