The Issue: Lack of Access to Environmental Education
According to the Campaign for Environmental Literacy, outdoor environmental education benefits young students immensely, both in academic performance and classroom behavior. However, young students who attend schools that are struggling financially are less likely to receive these fun and meaningful learning experiences due to lack of funding for field trips.
The Campaign: Outdoor Environmental-Education Field Trips
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then The Outdoor Classroom can fund an outdoor environmental-education field trip in southwestern Pennsylvania for 50 students from low-income schools. Each additional $10 donation will help fund another field trip.
To celebrate the launch of Groupon Grassroots, Groupon will provide a $1,000 kickoff grant to this campaign.
The Outdoor Classroom
About 12 miles south of downtown Pittsburgh, young students examine insect larva among the remains of a decomposing log, wade through a creek as they search for salamanders, and test water percolation in forest soils. At The Outdoor Classroom, situated in a 475-acre park, students participate in outdoor field trips where they gain opportunities to connect with the natural world—a new experience for many of these preschoolers and third- to seventh-grade students. The field-trip curricula, such as introductions to ecosystems or examinations of relationships in natural communities, are designed to reinforce the national curricula modules followed by many school districts. In addition to field-trip opportunities, The Outdoor Classroom also sponsors summer day camps and community education programs about topics that reinforce the connection between people and southwestern Pennsylvania's environment, such as backyard gardening.