Integrating Environment and Ecology in the Classroom

Dec 11, 2012   //   by McKeever Center   //   Blog, School Programs  //  No Comments
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Our environmental programs have rebounded after the initial state budget cuts on education. Schools that missed a year because of tight budgets are back at the McKeever Center participating in our educational programs. For some schools, that provided an opportunity for school personnel to evaluate their annual trips to places like Washington D.C., Science Centers or Gettysburg. What we hear over and over is “we’re looking for something more educational and longer lasting.”

The McKeever Center can assist in fulfilling your science/environmental education requirements. Here are the programs we are currently offering. For more information, visit our website, or contact the center.


Attending a day program at the McKeever Center is one way of becoming more involved with the environment. During their brief but valuable visit to the center (usually 4 hours) students will be involved in sensory and conceptual learning adventures. Activities for these experiences may be chosen from nationally known curricula such as Outdoor Biological Instructional Strategies (OBIS), Earth Education, Project Learning Tree (PLT) and Sharing Nature with Children. Grades: K-6th



Our most popular educational program offered at the McKeever Center, Earthkeepers is a three-day, two-night program for 4th and 5th grade students. It is designed to engage students in hands-on, interactive experiences that encourage them to build a closer relationship with the natural world. The program deals with four ecological concepts – energy flow, cycling of materials (air, water and soil), interrelationships and change. Students earn four keys as they progress through the program. Grades 4th- 5th



This five-day residential program operates on the premise that our �Sunship’, which has been traveling on its journey for billions of years, has been running smoothly. . . until now. More recently, human passengers have been tampering with the Sunship’s mechanisms and its future is now uncertain. Four goals are accomplished: planetary awareness, sensory awareness, ecological understanding and environmental consciousness. Sunship Earth is the most comprehensive earth education program available today. The program sets out over five days to awaken the feelings and understandings that will help young people better fulfill their responsibilities as crewmembers and passengers of Sunship Earth. Grades 5th-6th



This three-day, two-night program is for 6th-8th grade students. The title �Sunship III’ reflects the fact that we inhabit the third planet from a medium sized star, the sun. The Sunship III program is adventure-filled, yet intellectually challenging, as students romp through the reasons and rewards for crafting a more ecological lifestyle. Sunship III is about perception and choice in our daily habits and routines. It is about exploration and discovery in the larger context of where and how we live. And it is about examining alternatives and making decisions on behalf of a healthier planet. Grades 7th-8th



This one-and-a-half day residential program engages students in hands-on experiential activities designed to teach basic ecological concepts, heighten sensory awareness and instill feelings of empathy for the natural world. The primary focus of this program is the understanding that all living and non-living things are connected in the �web of life.’ Other concepts include community, habitats and niches. Grades 3rd-4th



We bring this exciting 3-hour program to your school! The program focuses on the formation of fossil fuels and byproducts of their use as well as how materials are recycled. The �Energy Detective’ performs an energy audit of your school. The program continues with lunch, as we examine energy in our food and materials in our packaging. The program ends with an activity on worms and each class receives a worm bin. Grades 4th-6th

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