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Leading outdoor educator looks to frame itself with Common Core

Next Generation Science Standards are being supported by several of America’s top outdoor education organizations.

Project Learning Tree, an organization that has developed a number of science-related curriculum books that teachers nationwide have used to supplement their own curriculum development, recently announced that it is staying on top of national science standards implementation in all states by joining with several partners and trained educators. Very devoted to having outdoor education be part of the next-generation standards, PLT additionally is using outside contacts to stay aware of any periods for public comment during the building process of the standards.

Currently, PLT is participating in meetings for educational standards in science with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Environmental Education Foundation and the National Science Teachers Foundation, among others.

Also looking to promote science, the National Park Service will be expanding its NatureBridge program to include an East Coast offering, according to Education Week. NatureBridge, a field-based science program for students, has been active for more than 40 years and has provided outdoor science educations to more than 1 million American students.