A Project to Enhance John Muir Middle School's Environmental Education through Curriculum for Muir's Eagle's Nest and an Inservice for the Faculty
Vollmers, Estelle K.
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources
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This paper deals with the development of environmental education curriculum materials for use in Muir's Eagle's Nest, an outdoor classroom, at John Muir Middle School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a part of this project a curriculum resource library was established, an inservice was held and the use of Muir's Eagle's Nest was monitored during the "93-94" school year. A limited number of faculty participated in this project which made evaluation difficult. It was determined that teachers who follow a preplanned path starting with motivation, next are inserviced and then prepare their own lessons in environmental education, will meet with greater success than those who do not complete all three steps of this path. Secondly, it was determined that inserviced teachers are able to impart their knowledge and experience to other teachers and thus help them to be successful too. The major recommendation for schools developing outdoor sites and accompanying curriculum materials is that time spent convincing teachers of the importance of environmental education and exciting them about it is needed as a prerequisite for their participation in environmental education. They also need to see that environmental education can be infused into their present curriculum and that it need not be an addition to an aIl ready full program.