Naturalist in the Classroom

Our Naturalist in the Classroom program grew out of the CO-SEED (Community-based School Environmental Education) project, part of Antioch New England Institute’s Center for Place-Based Education. It is a place-based education initiative aimed at building an ecologically literate citizenry. CO-SEED communities and schools work together to restructure school curriculum to study local places, solve community issues and use the resources close to the school. Partnerships between schools, higher education institutions, community-based learning centers, and other community organizations offer rich opportunities to simultaneously enhance student achievement, community vitality and environmental quality. This long-term project has incrementally built a network of schools engaged in exploring local ecosystems and environmental issues through community involvement as a sustainable way to achieve “home-based” ecological literacy.

Prescott Farm first started a partnership with Gilford Elementary School in 2001 and has also developed similar relationships with Gilmanton, Belmont, Alton and Inter-Lakes Elementary schools.  Naturalists from Prescott Farm spend one or two days per week in the schools and are also involved in after-school programs and developing outdoor learning spaces at each school.

For more information please call us at 366-5696 or send an email to [email protected].