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Multicultural Approaches to Outdoor, Science, and Environmental Education

March 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - March 20, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

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This experiential and lecture based workshop gives teachers opportunities to explore personal racial and cultural histories that shape their interactions with students, curricula and teaching strategies. A framework and resources will be provided that lend insight into the rich environmental histories and perspectives embedded in the backgrounds of their students and how they can be applied in environmental learning.

  • This workshop is designed for K – 12 teachers.
  • Running Grass, Founder and Executive Director of Three Circles Center for Multicultural Environmental Education, will facilitate this workshop with the support of NatureBridge educators.
  • A short survey and reading/writing assignment prior to the workshop will be assigned to prepare participants for the experience.
  • Participants in this workshop will enjoy both indoor and outdoor environments.


Letter to Nature Bridge Participants (.doc)


Pre-Workshop Viewing:

Please view any three the following film clips available on YouTube.  Come to the workshop prepared to share your responses to the clips including your questions, points that resonated with you personally and/or professionally, and information that sparked action or motivated you to further inquiry. You may, of course, view more than three if you wish.  Doing so will enhance our workshop experience!

Christine Sleeter: Critical Family History, Race and Historical Memory; (Please view at least the first 20 minutes—more if you want.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBcEHtPfXRE

Megan Bang: Living Sustainable Futures? Changing How We Learn Now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKdWjZy3XX0

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:  http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story

Antonia Dader Reflections on Paulo Freire and Critical Pedagogy Today:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWymsfBKjlU

Carol Finney on the Tavis Smiley Show: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/interviews/carolyn-finney/

Lauret Savoy, Conversations around the Green Fire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuZ8Stg2ABM

Sonia Nieto, Doing Culturally Responsive Education:  What Does it Take? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPcLQ10pI7Q



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Geneva Gay (2001) Preparing for Culturally Responsive Teaching

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Anna Cole (2007) Expanding the Field: Revisiting Environmental Education Principles Through Multidisciplinary Frameworks

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Christina Marouli (2002) Multicultural Environmental Education: Theory and Practice

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Running Grass (2014) Principles of Multicultural Environmental Education

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Natasha Blanchet Cohen and Rosemary Reilly (2013) Teachers’ perspectives on environmental education in multicultural contexts: towards culturally-responsive environmental education

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Savoy and Demming (2013) The Colors of Nature, Teachers Guide

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The Presence and Power of Metaphors

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EPA (2016 ) Bibliography, Women in Science and the Environmental Movement

NPR Special Series

National Park Service Centennial, March 9, 2016
Don’t Care About National Parks? The Park Service Needs You To

 Implicit Bias:

Medin, Douglas L and Bang, Megan. Who’s Asking?: Native Science, Western Science, and Science Education, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2014.

 Drew Lanham

 Jourdan Keith

 Glenn Nelson’s TrailPosse.com



Alex Russ et al, Urban Environmental Education Narratives

PDF (2016) Published by the North American Association for Environmental Education and Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab

Alex Russ with Adam Green, Adam Liebowitz, Anthony Archino, Jennifer Plewka, Carol Kennedy, Chrissy Word, Damian Griffin, Jennifer Beaugrand, Jennifer Plewka, Julien Terrell, Andre Rivera, Celina Medina, Elizabeth Severino, Nia Terrelonge, and Victor Davila



EPA’s Community Cultural and the Environment: A Guide to Understanding a Sense of Place









March 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
March 20, 2016 @ 1:00 pm


NatureBridge at Olympic
111 Barnes Point Rd

Port Angeles, WA 98363 United States