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ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

For many of us, some of our fondest childhood memories are in nature. From making mud pies in the backyard to family camping trips at McCormick’s Creek or Yellowstone, that time we spent outdoors shaped who we are today.

OVERVIEW

Sycamore believes that meaningful outdoor experiences are crucial for children and adults, and should be available to everyone. And they form the basis for a love of nature and a desire to protect it.

Our Environmental Education (EE) program connects people of all ages to the outdoors through meaningful, hands-on activities. EE Director Shane Gibson brings lessons, games, story books, and activities to schools across southern Indiana, completely free of charge. In 2018, he will reach XXX school-aged children with these programs adapted for each classroom’s needs.

But our EE program goes beyond the school campus. Through public hikes and events at our nature preserves, all people can participate and learn from our expert naturalists. Our events are free for Sycamore members ($5 for non-members).

We also bring our nature-based learning activities to summer camps, retirement homes, and community groups throughout the year. This year, our EE program is estimated to reach more than 6,000 people across southern Indiana.

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SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS

Bring Sycamore to your school or organization!

Interested in working with Sycamore to provide environmental education (EE) to your students, clients, or participants? We’d love to work with you! Contact Shane Gibson, EE Director, at shane@sycamorelandtrust.org or 812-336-5382 ext. 107.

All of our programs are tailored to each group’s needs, including working with Indiana state educational standards.

Shane Gibson has more than 15 years of experience in educational settings. He brings this expertise to every program he teaches, from our Little Hikers outdoors series for young children, to the sessions he leads with Indiana University students and retirees.

WE ARE A STEM/STEAM PARTNER AT 3 MCCSC SCHOOLS
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WE HAD 5,700 PARTICIPANTS IN 2017!

SAMPLE PROGRAMS:

NATIVE PLANT PROJECT

10-week program with weekly classroom visits to discuss native plants and seed adaptations, plant seeds, grow them in the classroom, and transplant either to pots for kids to take home or into a school garden to tend.

PINE NEEDLE TEA

Discuss the benefits and process of making pine needle tea and other foods out of wild foraged edibles, then make and taste this warm wintery drink. If possible, find white pine trees and pick the needles together for the tea.

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ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ISN’T JUST FOR THE SCHOOL CAMPUS

We welcome the public to join us for educational hikes, hands-on activities, and more. Check out our upcoming events here or our events calendar to learn about Little Hikers, Weekday Walkers, Sycamore Branches, and more events every month of the year.

  • Jan 07 New Year’s Hike
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ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN THE NEWS

Nature plays big role in Unionville’s curriculum – The Herald-Times (April 22, 2018)

Book reading focuses on nature – Corydon Democrat (February 14, 2018)

Nature trail to enhance school, benefit community – Corydon Democrat (November 29, 2017)

Sycamore Land Trust tours Greene County – Greene County Daily World (November 28, 2017)

Earth Eats: Kids Sample Wild Edibles – Indiana Public Media (October 27, 2017)

Templeton students get down and dirty to learn about native plants – The Herald-Times (September 25, 2017)

Students work with Sycamore Land Trust to build garden – Brown County Democrat (July 11, 2017)

Glenwood students plant a ‘pocket of prairie’ – The Evansville Courier and Press (May 10, 2017)

How To Make Pine Needle Tea – Earth Eats blog (March 17, 2017)

Pine Needle Tea at Templeton Elementary – Earth Eats podcast from Indiana Public Media (March 17, 2017), story plays in final 5 minutes

Creating more conservation-minded Hoosiers – The Herald-Times (March 2, 2017)

New favorite subject – nature! – Land Trust Alliance blog (February 7, 2017)

Winter hikes are time to explore outdoors, commune with nature – The Herald-Times (January 13, 2017)

New favorite subject — Nature! – Saving Land, the magazine of the Land Trust Alliance (December 2016)

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