The Nature's Voices Project Inspiring Stories about Environmental Education and Education for Sustainability from the Next Generation
The Nature's Voices Project is a new initiative that collects and shares the inspirational stories and perspectives from youth engaged in nature and environmental education programs, through writing, public speaking and video opportunities.
We believe that:
Environmental education programs are life-changing experiences.
They are a great investment in our youth, our communities and the natural world.
Perhaps you or your students participated in a habitat restoration project with a school club, worked in a community garden, went on an outdoor adventure, or learned about climate change in your environmental science class. We want to hear your unique perspective and Share your Story.
Learn about our Create It! Share It! Program and how you can become a part of the Nature's Voices Project today.
Kids from Oxford Elementary and Longfellow Middle Schools in Berkeley, CA spoke up at a recent School Board meeting to encourage discuss their enthusiasm about the waste reduction program they are involved in with the Green School Initiative and need for youth to learn about the 4 R's. Read their inspirational speeches below:
"My name is Sophia Padron Vos. I am in the third grade at Oxford Elementary School . I believe children can make the world a better place. They can do this by composting and recycling. In the last 6 weeks, my class has been leading our school composting program. We compost our breakfast waste, our lunch waste and our after school waste. We do classroom audits to make sure that classes are recycling and composting in their rooms. Many students, like myself have been giving up their lunch recesses to teach other kids to compost and recycle. So far in one month, our school has made over 1,000 gallons of compost. I believe that by working together the Berkeley schools, like mine, will one day no longer need trash cans. We can just recycle and compost. We will no longer add our trash to landfills and instead we will give our compost to Mother Nature." Read on...
Youth Interview Isabel Osheroff, Urban Farmer, by Emma Carolblom
Even though her parents had a garden, Isabel Osheroff didn't imagine that gardening would take over her career, her spare time and her life. A few years back she thought about the problems in the world and decided that she didn't believe in the systems in place especially pertaining to food. She realized that the way most people buy food is unsustainable —buying it from grocery stores that support large industrial farms—so she decided to farm. She started with her own house, growing many of her crops in both her back and front yard. She started her home garden a year ago and it already looks lush and plentiful. It has spilled over past the main plot in the backyard into the front yard and boxes on top the roof of her garage. She muses about expanding these plots and converting her house to a collective living space. Read more…
Writing Assignment: The Butterfly, by Isabelle Clark
I was in fifth grade the year of 2011, also the year i found out my sister had cancer. It had been some time since we found out that she had cancer, and today was the day she had her big surgery. That morning we woke up and drove to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver Washington. When we got there they had just got done with prepping her for surgery and were rolling her back. I knew this was a big deal and i couldn't stand to look at my family and friends anymore so i decided to sit outside. When i went outside i saw that there were a few butterflies out by the bench i was going to. I thought this was odd because it was winter and it was snowing.
Butterflies are something my sister loves, she has ever since she was little. These butterflies were beautiful. On them they had a bright yellow with stripes, like a tigers, on it's wings. On the belly was brown with a few white spots. There were at least four of them out there. Read on...
Nature as our Teacher Nature as our Healer Learn about the many reasons why environmental education experiences are so powerful for youth.
OUR SCHOOLS Curbing Drop-Out Rates and Raising Test Scores
EE programs inspire children to learn. They have been proven to raise test scores and help children stay in school.
OUR HEALTH: Fighting the Obesity Crisis
Countless EE programs have made a positive impact on the physical and mental health of our children
OUR ENVIRONMENT: Solutions to our Environmental Crises
Each day thousands of youth plant trees, gardens, restore habitats and contribute to environmental solutions.
OUR COMMUNITIES: Curbing Violence and Bullying
Youth learn how to get along, learn how to think critically and solve problems when engaged in environmental education programs.
OUR ECONOMY: Providing meaningful jobs
Environmental education programs provide thousands of meaningful living wage jobs in every city and state, including to underserved youth and young adults.
OURSELVES: Discovering the magic of nature
Youth are rediscovering the magic of nature through hands-on interactive experiences in the natural world.