Story of the Week 8/3/2016

Engaging in Environmental Education

By Remy Crettol, Environmental Educator and Resource Specialist

Remy Crettol - Summer Camp1

I have been working with students from three Burlington elementary schools doing an after school program called Project Wild. I would visit each of the three schools once a week with lessons prepared around various environmental topics ranging from water pollution to wildlife tacking to catching and identifying insects. Each week was an exciting new opportunity for myself and the students. It was especially interesting seeing how each of the three sites interpreted the activities differently.

Over the course of the 10 week program I got to watch as the students learned more Remy Crettol - Summer Camp4
about their environment and became increasingly interested in nature. Each of the three groups bonded strongly with each other and were brought together through their excitement to explore and learn. On the 11th week of the program we invited each of the schools to come together for a culminating field trip to the Ethan Allen Homestead. I was very touched when we gave the students an opportunity to share how they felt about their experience in our program. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and they were all so proud to share their most memorable moments. It was such an awesome thing for me to see the groups I had been working with individually finally get to interact and share with one another.

Photo Credit: VHCB AmeriCorps

VHCB AmeriCorps is a program of the
Vermont Housing & Conservation Board.

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