Course Overview: This is a professional development course designed for environmental educators and community development professionals interested in working with members of the military community. Exposure to nature through outdoor recreation, gardening, tree planting and similar activities has been especially valuable to returning warriors and their families. The potential impacts include improved personal health, resiliency, strengthening family ties and community cohesion. The objective of this course is to increase participants' capacity to develop programs that increase environmental awareness and utilize the therapeutic value of nature in building resilient communities.
Topics covered in this course will include:
- EE related practices that address military communities.
- Environment education programming for military families and personnel.
- The role of nature for community building and therapy for veterans.
- Environmental Education Guidelines and Military Communities.
Course Format: This is a 4-week online course centered around developing group projects relevant to the work of environmental education (EE) that addresses the unique perspectives of military communities. Participants will work on crafting a program plan (outdoor adventure, garden party, tree planting activity, etc.) that combines EE in a way that addresses the specific needs of veterans, military families, and/or broader military community. This project will serve as one of the key outcomes of the learning experience. Participants will also be exposed to EE topics through video, weekly webinars with leaders in the field, as well as print publications.
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Computer with Internet Connection and Facebook AccountAnnouncement: Course Facilitator:
Justin Smith, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org) – Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University