The Issue: Lack of Hands-On Learning Opportunities
Hands-on learning and outdoor opportunities can be vital components of a young student’s education—particularly in science, where concepts can be difficult to grasp without concrete evidence. Many Washington schools, however, operate on a limited budget, making it difficult to incorporate field trips into the curriculum.
During the 2011–2012 school year, The Lands Council arranged more than 30 field trips for schools in the Spokane area and North Idaho. This year, the organization estimates that it will lead a total of 32 field trips, in addition to offering in-class lessons, as part of an effort to provide area students with science education that schools could not afford otherwise.
The Campaign: Providing a Field Trip for Local Students
If 30 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then The Lands Council can provide an educational field trip to a local school as part of Project SUSTAIN. The cost of one field trip includes transportation, materials, and curriculum. These environmental field trips may include hands-on learning activities such as tours of local beaver dams to study ecology and ecosystems; snowshoe hiking to Mount Spokane; and geology hikes through Riverside State Park. Each additional $300 raised will provide another educational field trip to area students.
The Lands Council
A grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the environment in the Inland Northwest, The Lands Council serves as a leading conservation voice in the region. In addition to protecting thousands of acres of public land—and thus helping preserve local forests and wildlife—The Lands Council funds Project SUSTAIN, an effort to provide local students with outdoor, hands-on learning activities.
Project SUSTAIN combines in-class lessons with field trips to teach students about forests, water, wildlife, and sustainability. Through this program, students have planted nearly 2,000 trees and potted more than 50 seedlings. For leader Kat Hall, the real joy of the project is seeing the direct effect on students as they plant trees along a waterway in the Saltese Uplands or build and race their own solar-powered mini cars.
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The Lands Council
25 W. Main, Ste. 222
Spokane, WA 99201