5:30 pm | THURSDAY, MARCH 21
Join us for an evening with Doug Hulmes as he discusses the new book, Creative Place-based Environmental Education: Children and Schools as Ecopreneurs for Change.
About the Book
How can schools become creative hubs for enriching the community and for care of nature, landscape, and place? This book presents the why, what, and how of creative place-based education, as action researched successfully by educators for more than twenty years in Aurland, Sognafjord, Norway, and with Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet (Norwegian University of Life Sciences) in Oslo, Norway.
This hands-on approach embraces the whole locality as an inspiring educational resource. Design tools for developing place-based educational curricula are made globally relevant with case studies.
“Here is a Beacon of Hope, an exciting approach to creative place-based education. I can visualize the thematic gardens raised by the children, the farm where the older students milk the goats and learn how to care for the animals, the local school, community and landscape. Uniquely, this book intertwines theory, practice and place and asks significant questions related to place-based sustainability, food growing and education. It asks: What is Home? How can learning how local foods are grown and produced help children discover what does it mean to belong? How do teachers get students to care?” —Douglas Forell Hulmes, Professor of Environmental Studies, Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona (from the foreword)
About Doug Hulmes
Douglas Hulmes is a professor of Environmental Studies and Education at Prescott College. He has performed John Muir for several years under a contract with the Arizona Humanities Council on a scholar speaker’s bureau, he is a Professor of Environmental Studies at Prescott College, where he teaches courses in ecology, environmental education, and environmental history and philosophy. Doug was the co-recipient of the 1990 National Wilderness Education Award, sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and the Izaac Walton League. In 1994, Doug received the Educator of the Year and President's Appreciation Awards from the Arizona Environmental Education Association. Doug first taught at Norway’s Olavskolen Folkehøgskule in 1991. In 1996, Doug was a guest professor at Telemark University, where he taught with one of Norway’s first interdisciplinary environmental studies programs. He has a chapter comparing Scandinavian and American perspectives of nature published in: Nature First, Ed. by Bob Henderson and Nils Vikander. Doug was invited in 2007 to present his paper: From Tomte Wisdom to Friluftsliv; Scandinavian Perspectives of Nature, at an international conference held in Norway, and in 2009 presented a paper on Sacred Trees of Norway and Sweden. He regularly takes students from Prescott College to Norway on a course: Explorations of Norway: Nature and Culture.