Environmental Education Program

Spotlight on Environmental Education

Spotlight Collage
Information about environmental issues can be found all around us in popular magazines, television shows, documentaries and newspapers. A 2005 study showed that between 50% and 70% of American adults had heard of major environmental issues like air pollution and climate change. However, it is estimated that only 1%-2% of American adults are considered to have the critical thinking skills needed to make informed decisions regarding the scientific, social and economic aspects of environmental issues.i

Environmental educators foster these critical thinking skills through a specific pedagogy that includes:

  • Student directed learning
  • Investigational approaches
  • Analysis and application of environmental issues
  • Fostering a personal connection to the world around us ii

Without supporting any one solution to environmental issues, environmental educators helping individuals practice the critical thinking skills they need to respond to contemporary problems in thoughtful and creative ways.

Who We Are And What We Do

Environmental education doesn’t take place in just one place. Students and alumni work in a wide variety of careers. Click the links to find out more!

Citizen Science
Parks and Recreation
Local and National Government
Early Childhood Education
   Kristin Sanzone – Early Childhood Educator
K through 12 Education
   Stacey Rashti
Higher Education
   Jessica Zane – Alumna ’08
   Katie Stoner – Alumna ’08
Adult Education
   Kim Hoff – Alumna ’08
Non-Profit Sector
   Bonnie Hudspeth – Communications Coordinator, Monadnock Ecological Research and Education Project
Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums
   Nicole Scola – Coordinator of Teaching Services, New England Aquarium
Business Sector
   Amy Perron – Exhibit Developer
   Rebecca Rodomsky – Manager and Education Specialist at Home Green Home
Tourism and Ecotourism
   Mark Suomala – Naturalist and Tour Guide
Media, Communications and Journalism
   Bonnie Hudspeth – Communications Coordinator, Monadnock Ecological Research and Education Project
   Amanda Hopkins – Garden Manager, Stonewall Farm – Alumna ’07
Nature Centers
   Jamie Hutchinson – Teacher/Naturalist, Harris Center for Conservation Education

Content for this page was gathered by Amy Borgia, Kristin Sanzone, Katherine Stoner, Rosie Perera and Jessica Zane.

i Coyle, K. (2005). Environmental literacy in America: What ten years of NEETF/Roper research and related studies say about environmental literacy in the U.S.

ii U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (2007) 2008, from http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/basic.html