Benefits Reported by PEC Participants

Teachers

  • Gained increased access to park resources and staff to support curricular goals

  • Participated in professional development in place-based education

  • Developed fresh ideas and support from other teachers and resource specialists

  • Re-invigorated their teaching and connection to their community

  • Co-created curriculum aimed at stewardship of parks and community

 

Students

  • Increased their level of engagement and active learning

  • Experienced stronger connections between classroom learning and real-world application 

  • Developed greater familiarity with the parks and their resources

  • Learned about park employment and internships

 

Parks

  • Established cohesive frameworks and direction for education programs

  • Developed new and enhanced working partnerships with teachers, administrators, community non-profits, and other public lands

  • Gained a greater awareness of the park and its resources

  • Increased understanding of what partners, teachers, and students need; helping make the park more relevant, visible, and valuable to the community

  • Enriched diversity, and direct relevance of education and interpretive programs for students

Community Partners

  • Felt greater capacity to help fulfill their missions, and connect with the community

  • Expanded access to teacher and student networks

  • Increased professional development in place-based education, curriculum design, and promising instructional practices

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