The CU Environmental Center’s long-standing environmental education program has operated for 20 years as “Earth Education” volunteer program and “Teach for Sustainability” internship program. The program successfully matched undergraduate students with local teachers that are interested in implementing environmental and natural science education into their classroom and provided applied experience and training to hundreds of students- many of whom went on to education careers.
Currently, we are not offering the program. If you are a student interested in gaining intern or volunteer experience, consider the following resources.
Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center
Thorne Nature Experience
Calwood Education Center
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks
CU Science Discovery
Feet on the Earth
Boulder Valley ICO volunteer-run youth outreaach program of the Sierra Club
Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education
CU Children, Youth and Environments Journal
Sobel, David. (1996). Beyond Eco-phobia.
Stone, Michael K. and Center for Ecoliteracy (2009). Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability.
Healdsburg, CA: Watershed Media.
Helpful curriculum web sites for kids, teachers, and volunteers.
Science Discovery - is an experience-based educational outreach program of the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Education. Their mission is to stimulate scientific interest, understanding, and literacy among Colorado’s youth, teachers, and families by interfacing with university resources and academic expertise.
Natural Inquirer - This site has teacher resources, curriculums and an interactive "kid's corner" link.
Lawrence Hall of Science - This site has both teacher resources as well as actual lessons.
Thorne Ecological Institute - This site is home of a local environmental education group providing programs to youth in the Boulder community.
EERE for Kids - This web-site provides a guide to teach successful programs on energy.
Bioneers Youth Leadership - Bioneers is a thriving network of visionary innovators who are working with nature to heal nature and offer practical solutions for restoring the Earth and people. They provide inspirational and practical materials and events that educators can utilize to help nourish the next generation of bioneers.