The Cradle of Forestry is dedicated to supporting teachers by offering programming that iterates standards taught in the classroom. In addition we aim to work alongside our EE community to encourage students in becoming adults that make environmentally thoughtful decisions.

Go to the Pre-and-Post Trip page for more resources and activities for educators to use in their classroom.

2019 Program Curriculum Correlations

2019 Program Correlations– A printable PDF version. 


What is Environmental Education?

The Tbilisi Declaration of 1977 established goals, objectives and guiding principles of environmental education in the first intergovernmental conference held in Tbilisi, Georgia.

“The declaration noted the unanimous accord in the important role of environmental education in the preservation and improvement of the world’s environment, as well as in the sound and balanced development of the world’s communities.”

The goals of environmental education are:

  1. to foster clear awareness of, and concern about, economic, social, political, and ecological interdependence in urban and rural areas;
  2. to provide every person with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, values, attitudes, commitment, and skills needed to protect and improve the environment;
  3. to create new patterns of behavior of individuals, groups, and society as a whole towards the environment.

The categories of environmental education objectives are:

Awareness—to help social groups and individuals acquire an awareness and sensitivity to the total environment and its allied problems.

Knowledge—to help social groups and individuals gain a variety of experience in, and acquire a basic understanding of, the environment and its associated problems.

Attitudes—to help social groups and individuals acquire a set of values and feelings of concern for the environment and the motivation for actively participating in environmental improvement and protection.

Skills—to help social groups and individuals acquire the skills for identifying and solving environmental problems.

Participation—to provide social groups and individuals with an opportunity to be actively involved at all levels in working toward resolution of environmental problems.

The Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association offers additional educational resources and links such as The Natural Inquirer, Workshops, Nature Oriented Parenting Newsletter, Environmental Education List Serve and Books to get you started.