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Our Roots

  • Adapted from Forest for Every Classroom’s place-based education model, Park for Every Classroom (PEC) was created to encourage the use of national parks as extensions of the classroom. 

  • In 2011, the National Park Service’s Region 1 (formerly the Northeast Region), Shelburne Farms, and the National Park Service’s Stewardship Institute (formerly the Conservation Study Institute) worked with teachers, park staff and community educators from six different sites, creating the Park for Every Classroom collaboration. 

  • Over the years, the program has grown to over a dozen PEC Teams in the Northeast and has evolved into a Community of Learning, Inquiry and Practice.  PEC Teams work together to design and implement professional learning opportunities for educators who are interested in using park resources to teach their students.

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