The mission of The Ecology School is to foster stewardship for the Earth by reimagining education through the science of ecology and the practice of sustainability.
Since 1998, The Ecology School has brought innovative ecology education programs to thousands of children throughout New England and nationwide. In everything we do – leading overnight and day programs on our coastal campus, teaching outreach programs at schools, running camps and publishing curriculum and field guides – we accentuate the magic, mystery and wonder of nature so that students can better understand and care for the environment.
Our curriculum at The Ecology School is based on five guiding principles that influence all that we do and teach. They are:
- Ecology Education – We focus on ecology because it is an interdisciplinary science that focuses on the study of interrelationships between ecosystems and their inhabitants.
- ABCs of Ecology® – We teach ecology by teaching about how Abiotic (non-living), Biotic (living or once alive), Cycles and Change interact to create differences in ecosystem.
- Reading the Landscape – just as with the alphabet, as students learn their ABCs of Ecology, they learn the skills to read the landscape. This is a skill they can not only put to use while engaged in Ecology School programming, but also when they get back home or to school or even on vacation!
- Hands on Field Ecology – There is no better way to learn than by doing the work yourself. Our educators strive to create lessons where students are the ones doing the work – collecting data and making connections and conclusions.
- Narrative Education – rather than putting together a lesson full of a smorgasbord of facts, our educators put together lessons that tell the story of ecosystems. Additionally, lessons all start with a skit or preview which introduces concepts and vocabulary that students will be learning about in their lessons.