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PEC Teams from schools, national parks and community organizations work together to build stewardship through education by

  • Co-creating and co-facilitating professional learning opportunities for educators

  • Developing healthy communities of learning, inquiry, and practice that nurture sharing of expertise, resources, and support

  • Practicing curriculum-based innovations focused on emerging challenges, including exploring, implementing, and continually adapting the PEC Aspirational Principles (See below)

  • Planning and working together to make a direct impact in our parks and communities


Grounded in Place













Learning is grounded in the multiple attributes of a particular place including the values of local residents, natural landscape and resources, cultural heritage and resources, social dynamics, and political and economic systems. Learning moves from local to global as children mature.

Students engage with teachers and partners in experiential projects that make the world a better place by addressing authentic, relevant, community stakeholder-identified issues, problems, and opportunities in support of healthy and sustainable communities, including ecological health, social justice, cultural vibrancy, and economic vitality.

 Teachers and community partners give students meaningful roles in project planning, decision-making, implementation, and evaluation, thereby building agency in their learning to follow their curiosities and passions while developing self-efficacy and life-long skills.

Multi-directional collaboration between students, teachers and community partners sets the direction of the learning experience. Students build relationships, and cultivates cultural competency through deepening appreciation for the diverse talents, potential, and perspectives of others.

The co-planned and co-taught curriculum is an exploratory and project-based extension of classroom learning, taking place across multiple disciplines, and instilled through direct experience and reflective practices.

Learning experiences are critical and comparative in nature; they are learner-centered, using inquiry to cultivate systems thinking, enduring understanding, and skills in content and practices that are aligned with state and national learning standards.

An environment that promotes fairness, justice, and the absence of avoidable, unfair, or remediable differences among groups of people. (NRPA Equity Language Guide)

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