Environmental Education

KNOX provides hands-on environmental education for Hartford students through our Gaia’s Guides program. Programming consists of a combination of after-school educational opportunities and in-school programming.

We use a curriculum called “Gaia’s Guides” developed by Lauren Little & Emily Petersen. Weekly education includes such topics as composting, general waste reduction, seed germination, and healthy eating. Each session begins with a schematic activator meant to introduce the topic for the day and mindfully set the intention for the remainder of time.

         

Topic are covered through focused attention to multiple intelligences, interactive development of critical thinking, and channeling the inherent creativity of play. Therefore, our lessons incorporate friendly characters such as “Wally Wiggle” or “Mr. Timber” as a means to introduce youth to environmental concepts as anthropomorphized and relatable beings. Chants and storytelling serve as tools for retention of essential knowledge within each topic. Through this work, we hope to enrich students’ awareness of Hartford’s natural resources, their understanding of food production, and their appreciation of the world around them.

The main goals of the program are:

Goal #1: Encourage youths and families to learn about their local environment and develop a personal relationship with nature.

Goal # 2:  Develop strong partnerships with educational institutions and organizations in Hartford to increase the number of students impacted.

Goal #3: Maintain high quality sustainable programming

         

Current Programs offered at:

Annie Fisher Elementary School
Boys & Girls Club of Hartford
Burns Latino Studies Academy
Compass Youth Collaborative
Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hoooker
Noah Webster Microsociety Magnet School
Hartford Police Activities League (PAL)
Trinity Day Academy
West Middle School
And many more to come!

A Few of Our Program Collaborators

Connecticut Science Center
Food Corps
Friends of Pope Park
Hartford School Garden Council
Hartford Maple Syrup Club
Keney Park Sustainability Project
Teresa Garrity

Special thanks to Emily Petersen & Carol Padberg for their continued help and support.

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To get involved, please fill out this interest form or contact:

Lauren Little, laurenl@knoxhartford.org
Environmental Education Coordinator
(860) 951-7694 ext. 25

Thank you to our funders:

Lydia B. Stokes Foundation