A Need Still Evident: Karl Ege and The Future of Education
An article by Sarah Hearn outlining the importance of outdoor, will-based education and examples of existing Waldorf and Waldorf-inspired programs. Read More April 2013 Lilipoh Magazine
Testimony on Environmental Education to Congressional Subcommittee
From the Director of the Center for Ecoliteracy entitled "Environmental Education: Teaching Our Children To Preserve Our Future." Read More March 2013
Teen Girls from Nigeria Create a Pee-Powered Generator
We often assume that revolutionary technological advancements are the stuff of MIT scientists or Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, but that’s not always the case. All it takes to change the world is a good idea and the courage to see it through to fruition. That process is paying off for a group of four African teenagers who’s recent Maker Faire Africa submission is rocking headlines around the world. Read More March 2013
How are we going to live well within the means of nature?
Free lesson ideas for middle schoolers from Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES including: Grade 6 Math Lesson 4: True Cost of a Water Bottle, Grade 7 English Language Arts Lesson 3: Catalyst for Change, Grade 8 Social Studies Lesson 3: Sustainability in United States History. March 2013
Nominate the Green Businesses in Your School Community!
Tell us why your favorite small, green business should win. You may nominate any green business you wish, but your nomination must tell us BOTH how your choice is a general sustainability leader AND how your choice is advancing a local, organic, and GMO-free food system. The business you nominate could be a farm or CSA, or it could be a business that serves food as part of daily operations: a day-care, a cafe, or a bed-and-breakfast. Food growers, manufacturers, distributors, sellers, and servers are all eligible. Use your imagination in selecting a nominee! And please be as descriptive as possible in explaining why your nominated business is good for both people and the planet. Read More March 2013
The Best Food Money Can't Buy
While most poor families get the world's leftovers, WHOA Farm grows organic food specifically to be given away Read More March 2013
Living & Learning with Nature - Pyrites Publications
Pyrites has has been established with the aim of promoting and supporting experiential education, through traditional and landscape crafts, promoting an ethos of environmental sustainability. Read More March 2013
Just Label It
This website was born out of the genetic engineering (GE) labeling movement, and provides up to date information about what is going on in the campaign to mandate companies to include GE information on food. View Here March 2013
"Are you confused about whether or not it is okay to be eating seabass?
How is the salmon population doing now that the fish is listed on every menu in the country? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has developed FishWatch, a website to provide easy-to-understand science-based facts to help consumers make smart sustainable seafood choices. Read More March 2013
Care about Your Food? Then Care about Your Farmworkers Too
It’s organic. It’s local. But did the workers who picked it have health insurance? Read More March 2013
Lessons for Growing a Family Farm Across Generations
Breaking our families into nuclear units has an ecological and emotional cost. Could the multigenerational farm remind us where to turn for a viable future?
http://www.yesmagazine.org/blogs/shannon-hayes/family-farms-in-the-era-of-intergenerational-gaps? Read More March 2013
What’s Cheaper than Solar, Slashes Carbon Emissions, and Creates Jobs in Kentucky?
Having an energy-efficient home saves the owners money, but they often procrastinate on improvements. When energy companies in Kansas and Kentucky figured out a way to sweeten the deal, the results brought good news for homeowners, contractors, and for the planet. Read More March 2013
Sustainability Concepts for Big Business
Giant companies can have a massive impact when they change their policies to benefit society and the planet. Here are some new ways that big corporations can take their operations in a healthier direction. Read More March 2013
Law of Mother Nature Approved in Bolivia
Bolivia has enacted new legislation conferring rights on the natural world, elaborating on and fully enshrining the principles set out in a ‘short law’ passed in December 2010. Read More March 2013
Farm & Forest Kindergartens at Sunbridge
This new program from Sunbridge Institute offers 'A Waldorf Approach to Working with Children Out-of-Doors' and is a must for anyone interested in learning more about this fast-growing impulse of outdoor early childhood education and how to develop and/or incorporate elements of it into your own early childhood setting. Find out more
Student Essay Writing: A Month without Monsanto
The YES! National Student Writing Competition happens three times a year—essentially each school quarter. This spring, students will read and respond to the YES! article, “A Month Without Monsanto,” by April Dávila. April’s story is about the confidence she developed from knowing what she is eating. After April learned of the possible health effects related to eating genetically modified corn from Monsanto, she had an insatiable need to know more. She wondered where exactly Monsanto corn existed in her family’s diet, and where her food came from. Gene tically modified organisms, commonly referred to as “GMOs,” are organisms in which the genetic material or DNA has been altered in a way that doesn't occur naturally. Read More March 2013
Centro Waldorf Naturaleza
Centro Waldorf Naturaleza, founded in 2011, offers early childhood and grade school education in in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, surrounded by a nurturing environment and in deep connection with nature. Read More March 2013
Earth, Water, Air, Warmth
Experiencing the four elements through nature study and art. A Collaboration of Free Columbia and The Nature Institute, July 7 - July 13 Read More March 2013
Come Alive to Nature - at the Nature Institute
Two great summer courses are lined up:
Evolution - Learning to Understand Life in Development June 23 - June 29. Read More March 2013
Descent into Matter by Aonghus Gordon
Angous Gordon is the Director of Ruskin Mill Further Education Trust and Trustee of The Hiram Trust. (This article was originally published in issue 12 of ‘Paideia’ )
Read More March 2013
What is biomimicry? It’s not really technology or biology; it’s the technology of biology. To Biomimicry 3.8 Institute co-founder Janine Benyus, “It’s making a fiber like a spider, or lassoing the sun’s energy like a leaf.” The Institute connects engineers, educators, architects, designers, business leaders, and other innovators with ideas and tools that achieve a balance between continued human progress and ecosystem survival. Read More March 2013
Sustainable Communities Student Resources
World Savvy has assembled an impressive package of Sustainable Communities curricula, lesson plans, video, and web sources. A number of sustainability-related issues—human rights, water, consumption, distribution of resources, and more— are addressed by curriculum veterans and on-the-ground non-profits. Read More March 2013
6 Ways Communities Put Health First
From play space for kids to AIDS activism: the fight against disease goes grassroots. Read More
Students to Colleges: Take Our Money Out of Dirty Energy
A divestment campaign led by students is changing the national conversation about energy, creating a market for sustainable stocks, and linking up students with communities facing off against the fossil fuel industry. Read More March 2013
GREEN CLOTHING! Fabrics to Look For!
Look for these eco-friendly fabrics Read More
Finding New Life for Old Clothes!
Tips for how to put your old clothes to good use to save money, resources, and make a difference to others from Green America. Read More
Eco-Friendly Children's Clothing
Most children’s clothing is made of cotton, and if that cotton isn’t organic, it’s been sprayed with dangerous chemicals! Read More
2013 BALLE CONFERENCE!
Calling all Localists! Once per year our community assembles for a can’t-miss gathering that is a who’s who of innovators collaborating to build a new economy. From international thought leaders and on-the-ground social entrepreneurs, to policymakers, network builders, local economy funders, philanthropists, and everyone in between, Localists of all stripes will be descending on Buffalo, New York June 12-14, 2013 to share the work of building a new economy. Read More and to Register March 2013
RSF Seed Fund Open for Applications Deadline March 15th
We love our Seed Fund, it’s small and mighty like us. The RSF Seed Fund provides grants from $500 – $5,000 to projects that provide innovative solutions to further the field of social finance or address issues in one of our three focus areas. Although the grants are small, they make a large impact on the projects they support by providing essential start-up capital. March 15th marks the deadline to submit applications for the 2013 Seed Fund.
Backyard Permaculture: A 12-Step Program
Author Peter Bane grew more than 150 species on less than 2,000 square feet. Here are 12 tips to get you there. Read More February 2013
People We Love: Asa Needle
Leading teenagers in the clean-up of their hometown, Worcester, Mass. Read More February 2013
The Poison We Never Talk about in School
The most dangerous substance in the world is barely mentioned in the school curriculum. Coal. According to the International Energy Agency, burning coal creates more greenhouse gases than any other source—including oil. James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and arguably the world’s foremost climatologist, has called coal "the single greatest threat to civilization and all life on the planet. Read More February 2013
Solar Panels and Schoolyard Chickens: A Net-Positive Campus Read More February 2013
Great RFK Quote
"The gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile." - Robert F. Kennedy
New Economics Institute Read More February 2013
Winter 2013 National Student Writing Competition
The YES! National Student Writing Competition demonstrates how teachers can use YES! Magazine stories as the basis for thought-provoking writing, and gives students an opportunity to voice their opinions and show off their exemplary writing. Each quarter, students will have the opportunity to read and respond to a selected YES! Magazine article. Read More February 2013
Seasonal Foods As Medicine
The 6,000-year-old theory and practice of Chinese traditional medicine emphasizes the connection between human health and nature. Our bodies are influenced by the external world, according to this view, and the cause of illness varies with the weather and the season. We can work to stay healthy by eating seasonal foods that help our bodies adapt to Earth’s natural cycles. Here’s a four-season menu: Autumn—Brothy soups made from autumn legumes or squash offer lubrication. Pears, apples, and fermented foods protect against sore, itchy throats and dry noses. Winter—Fatty meats and foods like nuts, winter grains, and roots help us store energy and build strength. Bitter foods like winter-hardy kale and vinegar promote a healthy heart. Spring—As our bodies emerge from winter torpor, they’re a bit weak and vulnerable. Fresh leafy greens are just the things to stave off a spring cold. Summer—To keep the body cool and balanced during the hot summer months, eat cool, fresh foods like raw cucumber, bean sprouts, watermelon, and strawberries. Yes! Magazine Read More February 2013
Meet the Youngest Member of the TIny House Movement
This 16-year-old is building himself a future free from mortgage payments, not to mention college accommodations that are a bit homier your average dorm room.
Read More and View Video February 2013
Food MythBusters -- Do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world? A great video from Anna Lappe (daughter of author and activist Francis Moore Lappe) Watch Video February 2013
Greening Valentine's Day
This Valentine's Day Green America is making green gift giving easier—and helping you save money too. Their Green Gift Guide features special offers from businesses listed in the National Green Pages™. So this year, show you care by giving gifts from businesses that support people and the planet. Read More February 2013
Winter 2013 Student Writing Competition
This winter, students will read and respond to the YES! article, "What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other" by Akaya Windwood. Akaya’s story is about how her heart broke when she was thanked by a young African American man for saying hello. She wondered what it felt like to live in a world where people don't acknowledge your existence. Intentional or not, there are probably people in your own community who your students may overlook–the grocery clerk, the school lunch lady, the homeless man. Read More February 2013
Join the #ForwardOnClimate Rally on 2/17!
At 12 Noon on Sunday, February 17, thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C. to make Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history. Join this historic event to make your voice heard and help the president start his second term with strong climate action! Sign up Here February 2013
The Future Will Belong to the Nature Smart – Part I
For all of human history and prehistory, experience in the natural world has helped shape our species, including our brains. Yet, in recent decades, our society has looked everywhere but toward more natural environments for healthier brain development and the enhancement of intelligence and creativity. It’s time to take a fresh look at our own back yards – at nature nearby and far. Read More January 2013
A Living Sewage Treatment Plant?
These People Grew One Every flush of a standard toilet creates a several-gallon problem. Instead of wasting water, plants and animals can transform human waste into water rated pure enough to drink. Read More January 2013
What's the Next Silent Spring?
Back in the fall, commemorating 50 years since Rachel Carson's game-changing book Silent Spring, The NY Times published a few articles that might support the next wave of the green revolution: How ‘Silent Spring’ Ignited the Environmental Movement ; From Calm Leadership, Lasting Change. Read More January 2013
Green Inspiration for the New Year
Some great stories, old and new, from Yes! Magazine to inspire in 2013. How I survived breaking up with my car; Kicking the Habit: Air Travel in the Time of Climate Change; 20 Machines for a DIY Civilization. Read More January 2013
Here are some great podcasts of lectures given at the Youth Initiative Program in Jarne, Sweden over the last several years. These talks are engaging and insightful for high schoolers and adults. Jane Lorand on Business and Sustainability and many more. Also, check out YIP as a GREAT gap year option for graduating seniors. January 2013
A New Way of Thinking About Bees
The sudden disappearance of bee colonies in colony collapse disorder (CCD) is a phenomenon with the potential to cause disaster. A significant part of the world’s food production is dependent on pollination by bees. In his new book Global Hive – Bee Crisis and Compassionate Ecology the Australian author Horst Kornberger urges us to think in a new way about the possible causes of CCD. Read More December 2012
Want to Green the World? - Start with your Neighbors! Read More December 2012
Vandana Shiva: Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest Today
At a time of multiple crises, we need to move away from thinking of nature as dead matter to valuing her biodiversity, clean water, and seeds. For this, nature herself is the best teacher. Read More Decembe 2012
Holiday Parlor Games to Make Your Gatherings More Fun Spoons, sardines, telephone charades, and other activities to put a boost in your get-togethers. Read More December 2012
Education and the Presence of the Unknown
Every student has an unknown future, full of potential. How can a teacher prepare a student for such an unknown future? It requires that what they do not yet know should play a positive role in the life of both teacher and student as they work together to encourage a mutual unfolding of potential. By Craig Holdrege of the Nature Institute. Read More Fall 2012
Shop Green and Responsible for the Holidays! - Green America's Directory of Products and Services for People and the Planet. Or check out their Green Holiday Kit
Read More December 2012
Food Traditions Interview
How are the foods that students eat today different from those that were commonly eaten when their grandparents were children? How are they different from foods in other cultures? Read More November 2012
Soap to Cities, Designing From Nature Could Solve Our Biggest Challenges
Can a boat be designed to clean the water? How does a spider manufacture resilient fiber? We need products that don’t harm us or the environment, and nature’s already done the research. Read More November 2012
10 Tips for a Sustainable Thanksgiving Read More November 2012
What Does Resilience Mean?
What does "resilience" mean at the personal, social, and ecological levels? High School lesson plan suggestions for high school classes. More from the Center for Ecoliteracy. Read More November 2012
Five Ecoliterate Practices
With a goal of nurturing students to become ecoliterate, the Center for Ecoliteracy has identified five vital practices that integrate emotional, social, and ecological intelligence. They are described at greater length in our book, Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence (Jossey-Bass, 2012), from which this excerpt is taken. Read More November 2012
What Climate-Driven Hurricane Sandy Teaches about Cooperation - It’s 3 a.m. and the wind’s howling. Do you know your neighbors? Read More November 2012
What Green Leaders Say About Education and How it Relates to Waldorf - #1: Every Human Being Has Rights
Waldorf schools strive to co-exist in a deeply felt, right relationship with the Earth. By practicing environmental sustainability, they model a way of living that
enhances the students’ inner practice. This new series of short pieces spotlight and respond to the words of the world's most loved green leaders speaking about education, identifying how their wise offerings are reflected in Waldorf pedagogy and curriculum. Content regarding Waldorf Education is drawn from the AWSNA website. View Here November 2012
Project BudBurst is a network of people across the United States who monitor plants as the seasons change. Project Budburst is a national field campaign designed to engage the public in the collection of important ecological data based on the timing of leafing, flowering, and fruiting of plants (plant phenophases). Project BudBurst participants make careful observations of these plant phenophases. The data are being collected in a consistent manner across the country so that scientists can use the data to learn more about the responsiveness of individual plant species to changes in climate locally, regionally, and nationally. Thousands of people from all 50 states have participated. Project BudBurst began in 2007 in response to requests from people like you who wanted to make a meaningful contribution to understanding changes in our environment. Read More November 2012
A School Distanced From Technology Faces Its Intrusion
“The idea is not to be going back to a time where things were better,” shares a long-time teacher at a Vermont school that values simplicity over technology, “but where the richness of each day is defined by the food you eat, the company you keep, the work you do.” Read More November 2012, New York Times
7 DIY Cooperatives at Home
More good stuff from Green America. You don’t have to belong to a worker-owned co-op to get the benefits. Cooperative models can also help you lower costs and build community at home. Here are their seven favorite ways to save money with cooperatives at home. Read more November 2012, Green America.
GMOs - for and against
This is a great visual for the companies that fought for, and against, GMO labeling in CA! View Here November 2012
From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Twelve
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Twelve! Read more November, 2012.
Hurricane Sandy...How to Help
Note: Some sources indicate that The Red Cross is not currently accepting donations of clothing or food, but you can still check with local shelters to see if they need children's clothes or other items. Parents can also encourage little ones to use their allowances to donate to Save the Children, which will assist families and youth affected by the storm; to the Humane Society, dedicated to saving animals caught in the natural disaster; and, of course, to the Red Cross! Read More November 2012
Occupy Sandy is a coordinated relief effort to help distribute resources & volunteers to help neighborhoods and people affected by Hurricane Sandy. We are a coalition of people & organizations who are dedicated to implementing aid and establishing hubs for neighborhood resource distribution. Members of this coalition are from Occupy Wall Street, 350.org, recovers.org and interoccupy.net. Read More November 2012
Teaching Hurricane Sandy: Ideas and Resources from the NY Times
How do we talk and teach about Sandy with older students? As New York City and the East Coast begin to recover from Hurricane Sandy, we offer some ideas for responding to the storm and its aftermath with students. They will continue to update this post. Read More October 2012
Go Local! Learning In and Outside the Classroom
Neighborhood walks, internships at a pet shelter, and city hall presentations are not typically part of a middle school curriculum—but should they be? Sarah Anderson’s personal philosophy of happy, healthy, and democratic communities led her to place-based education.This is Sarah’s story. Read more Yes! Magazine October, 2012.
9 Simple Steps to Improve Your Health (Without Joining a Gym)
Laughter, the arts, touch, sleep. What you can do in your everyday life to get healthier. Read more Yes! Magazine October, 2012.
Mother Nature Speaks for Herself
A recent NY Times article, "Finding Zen in a Patch of Nature", describes how David Haskell, an ecologist and evolutionary biologist at the University of the South, conducted no experiments for his latest book. He just sat, watched and listened to the forest. Hopefully more and more scientists will see the inherent meaningfulness of spending time in Nature in this way - no studies or experiments needed! As so many Waldorf teachers and students know: Mother Nature speaks for herself, all we have to do is listen. Read More New York Times October, 2012.
Captain Planet Foundation Awards Education Grant to Linden Waldorf School
The Captain Planet Foundation, an international environmental education foundation for youth, announced in the spring that Linden Waldorf School has been awarded an educational grant of $25,000. Read more October, 2012.
From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Eleven
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Eleven! Read more October, 2012.
Green Your Halloween
Whether your family has been green for years or whether you’re green at being green, this is the right place for healthy and Earth-friendly Halloween tips, including a list of upcoming Green Halloween Costume Swap Events in 12 states! Read More Green Halloween October, 2012
Trick-or-Treasure! And Fair Trade Halloween Chocolate
This Halloween, think treasures, instead of candy. Read more Green Halloween October, 2012. Or if chocolate is your halloween offering of choice, make sure to check out Green America's Chocolate Scorecard of Fairtrade Halloween Read more Green Halloween October, 2012.
From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Ten
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Ten! Read more October, 2012.
The Whole Plate Curriculum - A Return to Real Food
The Whole Plate Curriculum grew from a teacher's desire to teach food preparation, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture as one subject. The Whole Plate is composed of 4 Units, which stand alone and work in concert: What is food?, Nourishment for People and Planet, Why Organic? and The Spice of Life. These Units have been tailored for young adults. This timely curriculum is perfect for schools interested in deepening their nutrition program, exploring science and health of foods from a whole systems perspective, or bringing better foods into the classroom. The curriculum provides teachers with tools to teach students: how to choose and prepare whole, natural foods from scratch; what the basics of healthy nutrition are; how our current food system impacts our health and the health of our planet as a whole; who started the modern organic, natural foods movement and who is at the cutting edge of nutrition today; and why it is all interconnected! Read more The Whole Plate August, 2012
From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Nine
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Nine! Read more September 27, 2012.
Study on Youth Engagement with Nature and the Outdoors
In the spring of 2012, the David Suzuki Foundation asked Canadian youth between the ages of 13 and 20 to tell them about their experiences outdoors. This report summarizes the key findings from that survey, including a strong correlation between the amount of time youth spend outside and the likelihood of their getting involved in programs in order to learn more about the environment and ecosystems; also, the fact that 70% of Canadian youth spend about an hour or less outside each day! Read more David Suzuki Foundation September 2012.
Attention Teachers and Students: 23rd Annual Bioneers Conference: Oct. 19-21
'Bioneers' are people, of all diversities, working collectively in crafting solutions to the world's environmental and bio-cultural challenges. At our 23rd Annual National Bioneers Conference, you'll join global thought-leaders, experts and advocates in exploring breakthrough solutions for a sustainable world. Education programs focus on ecological literacy and youth leadership. The conference will feature well-known leaders such as Paul Hawken, Ai-Jen Poo, and Bill McKibben, as well as “the greatest people you’ve never heard of.” There’s still time for discounts! Education Discounts: To encourage the participation of educators, students, and other sustainability education allies, Bioneers is providing discounted registration options to attend the 2012 conference. It is pleased to offer you these significant savings along with outstanding Ecological Literacy Education and Youth Leadership conference programming. CEU credits in education will also be available. Read more Bioneers September 2012.
Halton Waldorf School Honours the Earth and Wins Green Award in the Halton Green School Challenge
Grade three students at the Halton Waldorf School won the city’s GREEN TEAM AWARD. Schools from Burlington, Hamilton, Ancaster, Flamborough and Oakville competed for the title of most environmentally friendly class. These Grade three students regularly collect composting materials throughout the school for their gardens and are actively involved in growing wheat, barley and rye, which they harvest in the fall to make bread. Dr. Jane Goodall presented the award to two of the Halton students Read more Snap Burlington September 2012
Nominate a Green Business in Your School Community to Win 5K!
Green America is proud to launch their second round of their new People & Planet Awards, rewarding green businesses nationwide for their contributions to a just and sustainable economy. They’ve designed this fall's batch of awards to honor green businesses that are taking extraordinary steps to support cleaner energy. Does one of your school's families, friends or neighbors have a green business that supports cleaner energy? Read more September 2012 Green America
From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Eight
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Eight! Read more September 21, 2012.
'Occupy the Seed!' Vandana's Call for Seed Freedom + Free Seed Saving eBook
Following on from the Occupy movements that have taken the world by storm, Dr. Vandana Shiva has planned a two-week campaign named the Seed Freedom Fortnight of Action, also known as 'Occupy the Seed'. To help launch the campaign we offer a free vegetable seed saving guide eBook.Download a FREE eBook, A Guide to Seed Saving, Seed Stewardship & Seed Sovereignty By The Seed Ambassadors Project. Read more September, 2012.
Permaculture for Kids!
"The essence of permaculture is the design of an ecologically sound way of living - in our households, gardens, communities and businesses. It is created by cooperating with nature and caring for the earth and its people", which makes the permaculture movement a great partner for the Waldorf movement! Here are a few good, recent articles and new resources to help learn about permaculture and working with children. Here is a great write-up on permaculture for kids with good resources from Permaculture San Francisco, and resources from ECO-SF which includes guides for How to Make Natural Soap with Vegetable Oil and Lye, Solar Ovens For Hot Water and Home Cooking. Also, an article from Permaculture - Inspiration for Sustainable Living by a geography teacher describes her discovery of Earth Education and its links with permaculture principles. September, 2012.
From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Seven
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Seven! Read more September 7, 2012.
First Lady Voices Support for Play in the Great Outdoors
Amidst an educational landscape of increased testing and standardization across the country, it's great to see first lady Obama backing the importance of outdoor play in the lives of children. This video from the first lady, which debuted this summer, links outdoor play to student concentration, creativity and academic performance. Of course, the Waldorf community knows these linkages well and deeply. Check out their resources to connect to new outdoor destinations and adventures near your hometowns. Use Forest! Find to locate public lands and waters near you, as well as resources on national and local parks, other open spaces in your state, and much more. Read more September, 2012.
From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Six
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Six! Read more September 2, 2012.
National Wildlife Federation Promotes Natural Play Areas
Good news, the idea of outdoor natural play areas inherent to the Waldorf curriculum is rising in popularity. The National Wildlife Federation is making an effort to create guidelines and example play spaces around the country to promote their importance and availability to children. This link includes some simple instructions for how to build natural play spaces for kids. According to the NWF, the idea behind a nature play space is that instead of the standard, cookie cutter metal and plastic structures that make up the bulk of today's playgrounds--people can incorporate the surrounding landscape and vegetation to bring nature to children's daily outdoor play and learning environments. Great to see good green ideas catching on! Read more August, 2012.
From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Five
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Five! Read more August 26, 2012.
Credere Grant Opportunity!
Do you or someone in your school community have a creative project? THE CREDERE FUND, a program of Think OutWord, encourages the community to direct its excess capital (usually in the form of small gifts) to cultural initiatives, empowering individuals to freely manifest their visions for the future. Credere awards grants to individuals with creative projects in art, social change, and Goethean phenomenology. These initiatives nourish the cultural life of the whole community, awakening an ethic of mutual support. Read more August, 2012.
From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Four
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Four! Read more August 16, 2012.
Heads Up Urban Waldorf Schools! Help Your City Go Green With a Little White Paint
New York activists are on a mission to paint the Big Apple (and then the rest of the country) white to reduce energy waste and your city could be next! NYC is full of heat trapping black surfaces, like black pavement and tar roofs, creating what's known as an Urban Heat Island. And this heat-trapping characteristic does more than just make people sweaty—research has shown that 5 - 10 percent of all electricity consumed during the summer is used to compensate for the heat island effect! Read more Yes! Magazine August 2012.
Why Young Environmentalists Still Have Hope
A young activist supplies inspiration and direction for the future of environmentalism: support local fights to keep fossil fuels in the ground; keep funding innovation; and lead by example! Read More The Atlantic August 2012.
Yes! National Student Writing Competition
This fall, students will read and respond to the YES! article, “Living Large in a Tiny House,” by Dee Williams. Dee’s story is about why she chose to move from her 3-bedroom bungalow to an 84-square-foot house—a place where she keeps no more than 300 items and has never been happier. Read more Yes! Magazine August 2012.
From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Three
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Three! Read more August 10, 2012
Biodynamic Agriculture and Horticulture at the New Emerson
The unexpected, but welcome, return of the biodynamic course to the core of the new Emerson emphasizes the healing mission of Emerson. It enables us to develop a centre which aims both to cultivate healthy food but also bring healing to farming and the land. Read more August, 2012
From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade Two
Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve. Over twelve weeks, we are exploring and highlighting some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through each grade of the Waldorf curriculum. This week we continue with Grade Two! Read more August 1, 2012
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Where the Bees Are: Highland Hall Waldorf School Supports Healthy Bees, Sustainable Farming,
and Shares the Green School Award from the Captain Planet Foundation
While individuals are working hard to keep bees illegally in their yards in an effort to combat the global phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder, Highland Hall Waldorf School tends five bee hives on campus - legally. Biodynamic gardening, as well as fostering environmental sensitivity in the entire curriculum, led the Captain Planet Foundation to honor Waldorf education with itsGreen School Award. Read more Yahoo News July 19, 2012
Waste - By Wendell Berry
A great short essay by Wendell Berry - good conversation piece for high schoolers, good read and reminder for all of us. "I think we must learn to see the trash...not as the side effects of "more jobs" as its manufacturers invariably insist that it is, but as evidence of good work not done by people able to do it" - Wendell Berry. Read more What Are People For? Wendell Berry, 1990
The Story of Change - New Video from Annie Leonard Can shopping save the world? Put down your credit card and start exercising your citizen muscles with Annie Leonard’s new film no matter what type of changemaker you are: a resister, networker, nurturer, investigator, communicator, or builder -- perfect for students, parents and teachers all! Read more Story of Stuff July, 2012.
Nature Deficit Disorder We're halfway through summer, so find some inspiration to get the kids outside more asap! Nature Deficit Disorder: "It isn't a medical condition -- it describes our lack of a relationship to the environment. It hurts our children, our families, our communities, and our environment. Luckily, the cure starts in our own backyards" Education.com offers some helpful suggestions such as a Nature Scavenger Hunt (Read more) and Using Field Guides with your Children Read more Education.com, July 2012
From Roots to Bloom ~ Green in Grade One Waldorf Schools strive to co-exist in a profoundly felt, right relationship with the Earth throughout the grades, building inner habits that prepare children to be environmentalists on the deepest levels. The practices and experiences which engender these inner habits are embedded in all aspects of the Waldorf School curriculum from grade one to grade twelve! Over the next twelve weeks we will explore and highlight some of the elements and ways in which environmental sustainability lives and breathes through the Waldorf curriculum. We begin with an exploration of Grade One! Read more July 26, 2012
National Screening: Fixing the Future Fixing the Future is a full-length documentary based on the NOW on PBS special of the same name. Host David Brancaccio visits communities across the USA in search of new local approaches to building real prosperity and sustainability to protect our children's and our grandchildren's futures! Read more for the list of screenings happening this week! You can also hear an interview with the filmmaker, here.
Shareable Storytelling Contest To launch their new book, Shareable Magazine is holding a Storytelling Contest. Enter by telling a text or video story of an instance when you shared and how sharing worked out for you. Tell your story about sharing for a chance to be featured in Shareable Magazine and win up to $1000 in credit for your favorite sharing service. Shareable is the online magazine that tells the story of sharing: "We cover the people and projects bringing a shareable world to life. And share how-tos so you can make a sharing real in your life. In a shareable world, things like car sharing, clothing swaps, childcare coops, potlucks, and co-housing make life more fun, green, and affordable. The remarkable successes of sharing projects like Zipcar, Wikipedia, Freecycle, Kiva, and Creative Commons show this. They tell a hopeful story about human nature and our future, one we don't hear enough in the mainstream media. When we share, not only is a better life possible, but so is a better world." It would be great to see a story featured fromm the Waldorf community!! Read more Shareable July 2012
How to Build a Bike Train In 1969, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, 48 percent of kids aged 5 to 14 regularly walked or biked to school. In 2009, it was just 13 percent. A major reason for the change is that parents don’t feel safe letting their kids bike on their own. Bike trains—in which an adult chaperone rides a predetermined route, picking up children along the way—are a way to make it easier, and safer, for kids to bike to school. A great article and smart idea for getting kids pedaling again. Read more Yes Magazine June 21, 2012 **Also, in an older article find out about a Dutch School Bus that is a Bicycle Built for Ten! Read more Yes! Magazine Dec 20, 2011
Fostering Green Connections Deepen your school's (and your household's!) green ethic by supporting its local living economy. Support local independent businesses and build stronger community relationships! The organization BALLE is a great way to connect to local goods and services provided by local businesses! The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, or BALLE, is North America's fastest growing network of socially responsible businesses, comprised of over 80 community networks in 30 U.S. states and Canadian provinces representing over 22,000 independent business members across the U.S. and Canada. Find out which businesses in your community are BALLE members or encourage others to join by checking out the BALLE network map or list. Read more Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. July 2012.
Shining Example Namasté Solar designs and installs solar electric systems for residential, commercial, nonprofit, and government customers in Colorado and beyond. This spring they offered a special deal to new customers: if you signed up for a contract by June, 30, 2012 you received a $400 rebate and Namaste Solar donated $400 to Shining Mountain Waldorf School. This partnership of support provides a great example for ways in which our schools can partner with local, sustainable businesses to help protect the planet and promote Waldorf Education into the future. Read more Shining Mountain Waldorf School June 2012.
Dirtying Up Our Diets OVER 7,000 strong and growing, community farmers’ markets are being heralded as a panacea for what ails our sick nation. The smell of fresh, earthy goodness is the reason environmentalists approve of them, locavores can’t live without them, and the first lady has hitched her vegetable cart crusade to them. As health-giving as those bundles of mouthwatering leafy greens and crates of plump tomatoes are, the greatest social contribution of the farmers’ market may be its role as a delivery vehicle for putting dirt back into the American diet and in the process, reacquainting the human immune system with some “old friends.” Read more New York Times June 20, 2012
Family ReSkilling Workshops Shepherd Valley Waldorf School hosts its first Family ReSkilling on the Farm, a series of workshops to help families live sustainable lifestyles, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the school. Workshops include cooking, gardening, broom-making and yoga. Partners in the project include Eco-Cycle, Everybody Eats CSA and Everyday Good Eating. Read more Times Call June 4, 2012
Mom Was Right: Go Outside
Young children are increasingly shunning the country, even as scientists outline the mental benefits of spending time in natural settings. Read more Wall Street Journal May 25, 2012
Shining Sustainability Shining Mountain Waldorf School has stepped up its efforts in the past year to be more environmentally friendly, building on an impressive list of past achievements. Read more for a look back at their work during the 2011-12 school year from their sustainability coordinator! Shining Mountain Waldorf School April 2012.
Q&A with Michael D'Aleo Michael D'Aleo is a founding member of SENSRI and is Director of Research. Michael holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Rutgers University where he graduated summa cum laude. Earlier in his career, Michael was Project Leader in charge of New Product Development at Lutron Electronics. His main interest was to find solutions to technical problems that resulted in designs that were artistic and based on processes found in the natural world. Interview by Sarah Hearn Read more May 2012
A New Frontier: Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs' Forest Kindergarten Inspiring Other Outdoor Programs
A Waldorf Forest Kindergarten class has many of the same features as a typical kindergarten class — singing, nursery rhymes, light lessons, snack time and playing — but with one major difference: no classroom. Barring major inclement weather, the children spend their entire school day outdoors. Read more The Saratogian March 31, 2012
Environmental Science Curriculum from Expert Educators: Craig Holdrege, Michael D’Aleo, and Gary Banks (both Waldorf teachers and scientists with a passion for environmental topics) participated in the development of an environmental science curriculum for the middle school for the Detroit Waldorf School. Craig’s curricular outline for the topic of Plant and Human Interactions (Craig Holdrege, 2011) is available online! March 2012
National "2012 Green Cup Recycle Challenge" Encourages K-12 Students to Rethink Waste and Consume Less Read more Huffington Post March 27, 2012
"Sustainability and Economics 101: A Primer for Elementary Educators," an article by Susan Santone, Executive Director of Creative Change Educational Solutions, a national nonprofit focused on sustainability-based leadership and innovation. The beginning of the article has an overview of ecological economics that is useful for any reader; the last part identifies teaching strategies for elementary school educators. Read more Pelican web May 2011
Interview with Megan Durney by Sarah Hearn
This interview with Megan Durney, Head Gardener at the Pfeiffer Center in Spring Valley, NY, is the first in a series of AWSNA interviews with leading green Thinkers and Doers connected to Waldorf Education. Megan shares from her work in the garden, with both adults and children, and her experience that through Waldorf Education children can cultivate a sense of service towards the Earth and its creatures. Read more Interview by Sarah Hearn for AWSNA March 2012
Waldorf, How to Be Creative, and Unintended Consequences An interesting blog post explores the importance of using systems thinking and how that approach can aid in solving energy issues now and in the future. Harnessing any form of energy for human consumption creates impacts to social, political, economic, and environmental structures. System thinking encourages the understanding of how individual fuel sources like wind function, for example, in a life cycle analysis, then how wind fits into the larger energy complex. From there, we look at how energy fits into the even larger system that includes water use and food production. Assessing positive and negative impacts using this holistic approach, allows greater understanding of our global system, and not only looking at things in isolation. Read more Unintended Consequences blog March 12, 2012
Does it Matter? Natural World Disappearing from Kids Books From wild animals to jungles and forests, a new study says kids books about nature are becoming a threatened species. Read more My Northwest February 29, 2012 Brother Sun, Sister Moon from acclaimed author Katherine Paterson, and illustrator and parent of three Waldorf alumni, Pamela Dalton is a picture book that offers a stunningly beautiful tribute to nature.
Visual Learning: You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto Images, photos, and pictures stimulate the mind. For the viewer, they offer a chance to connect and question. They also offer potential for play and imagination, and pulling the observer into purposeful messages. Yes Magazine offers a short visual exercise lesson plan for teaching about monocultures and industrial ag in the upper grades. Read more Yes Magazine February Issue, 2012
CANADA: Waldorf School Wins Waste Free Lunch Challenge A Burlington, Ontario school has been named a winner of a waste-reduction contest. The Halton Waldorf School in the Orchard community is one of the 30 schools recognized by the organizers of the Waste Free Lunch Challenge. Developed by the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) last October, nearly 800 schools entered the challenge, which was launched to mark National Waste Reduction Week. “Since the success of the Waste Free Lunch Challenge, I always have enthusiastic volunteers to help with the recycling each week,” said Grade 4 teacher Suzanne Hill. The school promoted Waste Free Wednesdays after the challenge and is now going one step further with Waste Free Weekdays. Read more Inside Halton February 17, 2012
Lessons on Life and Compost at the Ann Arbor ReSkilling Festival Ann Arbor Rudolf Steiner School is reclaiming community bonds in the form of the Ann Arbor ReSkilling Festival. "Reskilling" is all about sharing often abandoned skills for “resilient, low-energy living,” in a face-to-face community setting. Since 2009, people have gathered at the Rudolf Steiner high school twice a year for a day of free workshops and seminars on such abandoned skills as cattail mat weaving, composting and canning fruits and vegetables, among many others. The idea of reskilling through community events is part of the world-wide transition movement, and it’s taking shape in all sorts of ways around the world. Read more Michigan Radio February 6, 2012
Eco-Cycle Expands 'Green Star' Program to Private Schools in Boulder County Eco-Cycle is piloting a private school program this year with two schools, Shining Mountain Waldorf in Boulder and Lyons Community Montessori preschool. The program has three basic components -- expanding the school's recycling program, starting large-scale composting for all food waste and non-recyclable paper, and developing waste-reduction projects. Dietz said most schools start with recycling a third of their trash, composting a third and sending a third to landfills. Read more Daily Camera February 3, 2012
200,000 Ontario Elementary students Unite in the Waste Minimization Fight! - Ontario Waste-Free Lunch Challenge: Where less is more! AWSNA member Halton Waldorf School in Burlington, Ontario, Canada was one of 30 grand prize winners Read more Canada Newswire January 18, 2012
Sanderlings Waldorf School participate in the California Coastal Clean Up Day Watch the Video of Sanderlings Waldorf students cleaning up the beach or learn how YOU and YOUR school can volunteer in the next California Coastal Clean Up Day here
Central Oregon Waldorf Schools Teach Children to be Green Through their everyday classroom experiences, Waldorf students learn to be environmentally responsible. "We live with it. We model it more than anything. As a part of their natural living, they are learning to live green," said Yvonne Babb, who this year teaches first grade at the Waldorf School of Bend. Read more True North Parenting January 2012
Waldorf Students Take Initiative Students of the Waldorf School of Orange County took the initiative and set up a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program to provide the school community with organic produce mostly grown in their backyards. Once a week, the students fill large paper bags with fresh fruits, vegetables, sometimes nuts and eggs. Read more November 29, 2011
Straw bale Cottage is a Charming Waldorf Preschool in Cuernavaca, MexicoA charming straw bale classroom in Cuernavaca, Mexico is actually a Waldforf preschool that was designed and built with the help of the local community over an 8 week period. Laboratorio Arquitectura Básica Mx led workshops and building sessions to raise the roof on this strawbale building, bringing the community together in a really positive way. The teacher of the Tecilli Classroom requested that the school be like a fairy tale building with curved walls, round windows, and playful details. The end result is an adorable, organic, natural, and healthy building. Read more Inhabitat.com October 13, 2011
Waldorf of Orange County Expands their High School with 32 Recycled Shipping Containers adding 10,000 sq.ft.
The City of Costa Mesa presents Waldorf, ConGlobal Industries, S3 Advisors, Kraus Construction and Condocs with Green Design Award.
View the YouTube video here September 2011
San Francisco Waldorf High School 1st School in San Francisco
to Receive LEED Gold Certification
The San Francisco Waldorf High School is the first school in San Francisco to be awarded the coveted LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The centerpiece of the project involved the conversion of a 1970s-era 23,000-square-foot concrete structure into a sustainable learning environment featuring classrooms, science labs, art studios, a library, and administrative spaces. This marks the first time that a school in San Francisco has obtained LEED Gold certification. Read more September 2011
Building the Future: An Interview with Colleen Kent of YouthBuild/ReSOURCE Interview by Emily Hoyler Read more The Sustainable Schools Project June 2, 2011
Children at Long Island’s Waldorf School Learn Healthy Eating from the Garden Up The Waldorf School of Garden City is the only school on Long Island with a gardening program integrated into their curriculum. They use hands-on learning to teach children about sustainability and organic eating. The gardening classes are taught by Jeannine Davis who instructs students in grades one through eight on all aspects of growing. Long Island Report May 23, 2011 Contact the Waldorf School of Garden City for more information
LI Vegetable Orchestra's Tasteful Music Ask Waldorf music teacher Dale Stuckenbruck his favorite instrument, and it's quite possible he'll say "the eggplants." Rub two together and they make a squeaking sound like sneakers on a gymnasium floor, or a monkey chanting "ooh ooh ooh." Read more Long Island Newsday March 25, 2011
Green Inspiration: No Impact Week Students joined a one-week carbon cleanse that challenged people to understand how much impact they have on the environment day to day. They tracked their trash, took shorter showers, powered down their electronics, took the bus, and learned what their carbon footprints really look like. Read their blogs to learn about the most challenging and memorable moments throughout the week. We'll let you know once the 2013 No Impact Week is scheduled! Read more Yes! Magazine February 2011
School's New Building to be Made From Shipping Containers
In a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning, kindergartners sprinkled both water and wishes on the vacant lot that will soon house the Waldorf School of Orange County's new $2-million building. The private school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade on Canyon Drive invited all 326 of its students to join faculty, parents and the community to see where it planned to erect what was said to be Costa Mesa first building made from recycled shipping containers. Read more Hartford Courant February 8, 2011
Brookford Farm Partners with Tidewater Waldorf School in Farmers-in-Schools Program The fields of Brookford Farm may be covered in a heavy blanket of snow today, but the grade school children at Tidewater Waldorf School in Eliot, ME are already gearing up for spring planting. As part of just one of the farm's collaborative school partnership programs, Brookford Farm and its growers, located in Rollinsford, NH, are teaching Lisa Sweeney's 2nd and 3rd grade Tidewater students about farming. From growing, to harvesting, to preparing fresh, seasonal food, Mrs. Sweeney's enthusiastic students will travel to the farm each week once the ground begins to thaw, and immerse themselves in the daily activities of farm life. Read more Brookford Farm February 8, 2011
Out of the Building ... and into the Classroom by Michael K. Stone Schools discover creative strategies for regular, all-seasons outdoor learning. "We've always advocated expanding the notion of "classroom" to get students outdoors --- into gardens, schoolyard habitats, and the natural world. But how to find time in packed class schedules? How to make the outdoors more than a break from --- or competition with --- time in the "real" classroom? Some schools are turning those questions around: what if we commit to regular, extended outdoor experience, and then fit what we want to teach to the setting? Here are three schools trying that tack, while maintaining high academic expectations and records of success." Read more The Center for Ecoliteracy blog February 2010
Multiple Harvests by Naomi Lubick
Project-based learning integrates environmental awareness, learning, and community vitality into students' curriculum and lives.
Read more The Center for Ecoliteracy
For Forest Kindergartners, Class Is Back to Nature, Rain or Shine SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Fat, cold droplets splashed from the sky as the students struggled into their uniforms: rain pants, boots, mittens and hats. Once buttoned and bundled, they scattered toward favorite spaces: a crab apple tree made for climbing, a cluster of bushes forming a secret nook under a willow tree, a sandbox growing muddier by the minute. Read more New York Times November 29, 2009
Lessons in Life at the Forest School Thousands of pupils in Denmark learn tree climbing not times tables. But this carefree life for the under-7s is under threat. It’s a chilly, breezy afternoon in Klampenborg, an affluent suburb just north of Copenhagen. Two dozen children are playing in woodland that lies off the busy main road that leads into the city. Some are clustered around a teacher playing his guitar, others are running in and out of the oak trees in some made-up game. Empty lunch boxes are stacked by a tree and mats are strewn across the grass, evidence of a recent picnic, although it is not quite picnic weather. The children are well wrapped up in fleeces, jumpers and wellies. It looks as if it is an afternoon outing for the local children, a break from the classroom and a chance for a little fresh air. But something quite different is going on here. The wood is the classroom for these children who are pupils at the Klampenborg Skovbo, a forest school. From 8am to 4pm, five days a week, the 25 or so children come to school here, rain, hail or shine. Read more ... New York Times October 6, 2009
Ancient Farming Practices Motivate Students to Grow When a class of second- and third-graders cheer wildly when offered a chance to return to school midsummer for physical labor and homegrown salad, somebody's clearly doing something right at the Waldorf School on Bend's north side. Read more The Bulletin May 29, 2009
A Field-to-Fork Experience The Prairie Moon Waldorf School in Lawrence, Kansas recently received a grant to establish a market garden on the school grounds. The garden will provide a vital focus for the school’s Waldorf curriculum, encouraging appreciation and connection to the natural world through active participation in planting, growing, and harvesting. Students will learn about plant biology, soil science, hydrology, gardening, mathematics, geology, geography, and business. Read more pdf March 2009
Leave No Child Inside by Richard Louv
For decades, environmental educators, conservationists, and others have worked to bring more children to nature---usually with inadequate support from policymakers. A number of trends, including the recent unexpected national media attention to /Last Child/ and "nature-deficit disorder," have now brought the concerns of these veteran advocates before a broader audience. While some may argue that the word "movement" is hyperbole, we do seem to have reached a tipping point. State and regional campaigns, sometimes called Leave No Child Inside, have begun to form in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, St. Louis, Connecticut, Florida, Colorado, Texas, and elsewhere. A host of related initiatives---among them the simple-living, walkable-cities, nature-education, and land-trust movements---have begun to find common cause, and collective strength, through this issue. Read more Published in the March/April 2007 issue of Orion magazine
Creating a Buzz at Kimberton Waldorf
Kimberton Waldorf School’s students and parents welcomed thousands of honey bees to new hives built by students recently at the school’s organic garden. Read more The Mercury May 6, 2009
Waldorf School Composting Project Benefits Community
Whole Foods, along with several other Congress Park neighborhood businesses, have enthusiastically agreed to partner with The Denver Waldorf School in a school-wide composting project that will extend far beyond the school grounds itself. Read more Your Hub Denver April 4, 2009
At Waldorf School, Kids Experiment with Solar Panels
The half dozen solar panels mounted atop the Chicago Waldorf School in Rogers Park power just a handful of light bulbs. But they provide students with the kind of hands-on experience in physics and environmental sicience that's not available in any book.
Read more Chi-Town Daily News, January 5, 2009
Waldorf School Unveils New Solar Installation
Students shoot hoops under the new solar panels recently installed at Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Los Altos.
Read more Los Altos Town Crier, December 31, 2008
Siskiyou School Completes 'Green' Classroom Buildings Mail Tribune November 17, 2008