The 2013-2014 school year has begun; and with it, we've been busy with SUSTAIN activities in seven area schools - four in Spokane and three in North Idaho! This year, we're working with:
|The Community School
||Lake City High School
|Post Falls High School
|St. Maries High School
Welcome to Project SUSTAIN!
Our goal is to restore the connection between youth and nature by enabling
students to get outside, practice field science, be physically-active, and
become better environmental stewards.
Recognizing the challenges that school districts face in
funding field trips for high school science classes, TLC partners with local
businesses and foundations to fund school field trips that engage students in
hands-on, science-based educational activities and community service projects
to enhance their classroom learning.
field trips encourage active outdoor recreation activities including hiking,
canoeing, kayaking, cycling, and snowshoeing; and community service projects
such as tree plantings and stream/lake clean-ups. It is our intention that Project SUSTAIN
will-on a local level-begin to help reverse the so-called "nature deficit
disorder" trend found in American kids today.
Funding covers field trip
transportation costs, lesson plan materials, activities, curriculum development
and planning, and other associated expenses throughout the school year, giving
kids a chance to apply what they learn in the classroom in an outdoor
setting. This outdoor learning component closely aligns with state
standards, school curricula, and individual teachers'
preferences, and incorporates Lands Council programs focusing on forests,
water, wildlife, and sustainability as appropriate.
TLC provides teachers with an
extensive menu of local field trip options and in-class lesson plans, teaches
the classes, and facilitates the activities.
Participating SUSTAIN schools in the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene area are
entitled to funding which covers expenses associated with 4 field trips and up
to 10 hours of TLC-led in-class lessons during the school year.
Project SUSTAIN field trips are carried out through in-kind donations
from the following partners: Idaho Department of Fish & Game, IdaH2O Master Water Stewards
Program, City of Spokane Parks & Recreation, Gonzaga
Outdoors, Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, Spokane County Parks, Fighting
Creek Landfill, Coeur d'Alene Wastewater Treatment Plant, Upriver Dam, Lookout
Pass Ski & Recreation Area, Heron Pond Farms, USDA Forest Service, City of
Spokane Waste to Energy Plant, and Bureau of Land Management.
This year, TLC will be partnering in the
University of Idaho's Waters of the West (WoW) Confluence Project! Check it out HERE and
stay tuned for more details!
Project SUSTAIN gives students in
our community the unique and worthy opportunity to break out of the traditional classroom setting
and create meaningful connections with the natural world. By getting kids outside, we strive to empower the leaders of tomorrow with the
knowledge and passion to become-and remain-good stewards of the environment
we're working so hard to protect today. Our vision is that through Project SUSTAIN, kids will
develop lasting relationships with the natural world and acquire skills that
they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. By transferring our appreciation
and respect for our forests, water, and wildlife to our community's youth, we
are directly investing in the future of our environment.
Each year, we hold
an essay contest and ask students to-in 750 words or less-describe how Project
SUSTAIN has impacted their education and their lives. Following are excerpts from essays written by
this year's SUSTAIN students:
"I really enjoyed
this activity because it made me feel like I participated in something bigger
than myself and really gave back to the environment." -Micah
"Project SUSTAIN activities
have helped me to realize my love for being outdoors, and better respect the
nature all around us." -Alyssa
"I have found out
through Project SUSTAIN that I, as a teen and when I become older, can help
contribute to my community's sustainability."
has impacted my life in such a positive way.
I am now able to say I have gone ice fishing and snowshoeing which I had
never had the chance to do before."
taught me that if I ever plan on building a house or starting a business, I
should do it in a way that can be as sustainable as possible." -Isaac
made water quality matter."
"I can tell you
from my personal experience that if kids had more opportunities like the ones
that The Lands Council provides, education would not be something that children
felt forced into, but rather happy and maybe even excited for." -Dustin
"I can truly say with confidence that the two
field trips The Lands Council has funded for our class have taught me more real
life information than the past four years of science classes combined." -Tanner
greatest part of Project SUSTAIN is the fact that as a student and someone that
is trying to develop their own environmental philosophy, I have been able to
take a different outlook on how I live my life and what roles the environment
and local ecosystems play in it."
"This has been one of
my most treasured years and it is all because of Project SUSTAIN." -Julianne
has had the greatest, most extensive impact on my education to date." -Richie
Read about the collaborative project three of our North Idaho schools are taking on this year in an article written by science teacher, Jamie Esler from Lake City HS here.
For more information on this project, contact Kat Hall, Conservation Programs Director.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this project, contact Lisa Logan, Director of Development & Communications.
Congratulations to Kat Hall and her team from Post Falls High School!
were one out of three groups out of 14 to win $1,500 for project
SUSTAIN at the Outdoor Nation summit in Seattle! Great job team!