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Kindergarteners Exploring Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jess Montague)

“At its core, place-based education gives us a process through which we can reconnect with our community, environment, and with each other. In a 2013 interview with Bill Moyers, the writer, activist, and farmer Wendell Berry said:

We have the world to live in on the condition that we will take good care of it. And to take good care of it, we have to know it. And to know it and be willing to take care of it, we have to love it.

There are many aspects involved in knowing, loving, and caring for our world, from incorporating diverse perspectives to honoring the rural or urban nature of our environment to teaching our kids to care for each other and the places where they live. Place-based education provides a way for us to bring our children more fully into the world while preparing them to be strong and capable stewards of their own future.”

From Bringing School to Life: Place-based Education Across the Curriculum

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Detail of a map of Caruther’s Park in Portland, Oregon created by two fourth-grade students (Evia and partner) from the Cottonwood School of Civics and Science

 

 

 

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