News Release: Sustainability, Teaching

Jul. 7,  2009

Fertile ground for environmental education

News Article ImageTeachers Dierdre Watkins (left) and Ella Davis collect critters from Newton County's Bear Creek as part of the 2009 Oxford Institute for Environmental Education.

For 10 days this summer, Oxford College biology faculty taught 20 teachers from K–12 schools across Georgia and north Florida the basic principles of ecology, how to apply this knowledge to lesson plans and ultimately develop their own schoolyards for environmental education.

Now in its 18th year, the Oxford Institute for Environmental Education has helped more than 300 educators become more engaging teachers by experiencing science at the hands-on level. “Many participants have told us this has changed the way they teach,” says Oxford biology professor Eloise Carter.

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