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Community Conversations

This program is only available in the spring.

All around the world, people are faced with conflicts of environmental justice and are affected by social, economic and political influence. This lesson introduces students to the concept of environmental justice and civic engagement with an interactive role-play activity. Students will learn to communicate with one another to devise an equitable plan for the sake of all stakeholders involved and consider the range of environmental impacts that community-level decisions can have.

Please note that there is required teacher-led student prep work prior to this program. We recommend leading prep lessons one to two weeks before your field trip with us. Thank you!

Grades 6–12

Program Objectives:

  • Students will define and identify the ecological significance of an Estuary
  • Students will identify at least one environmental impact of climate change
  • Students will learn how to organize their thoughts and communicate to a group
  • Students will discuss solutions to a local environmental concern that support and protect all stakeholders

Program Information:

  • Student Capacity: 30 students per program
  • Cost: $200 (waivers available upon demonstration of need)
  • Teacher chaperones: One chaperone is required for every 10 students (1:10 ratio) at minimum

Program Activities:

  • Defining Environmental Justice
  • Sewer in Suitcase Demonstration
  • Student-driven Mock Community Board Meeting