Environmental education is about so much more than just learning about nature. It is about empowering students (and adults) to make conscious decisions about their role in and impact on their environment. Last year, Watkins Elementary School 3rd graders marked storm drains in their community after learning about watersheds and runoff.
This year, those same students, now fourth graders recited Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. They did a fantastic job! Now they are learning the skills needed to do public speaking, and they are gaining a better understanding of social justice, a concept that is intimately connected to environmental justice.
Check out the media coverage they got in the Washington Post and on the local public radio station. Their teachers should be so proud!!