At Evergreen Community Charter School, we believe that providing a strong connection with the Natural World is essential to the development of heart, mind and body of our students. Because of our commitment to Environmental Education across the curriculum, we are able to provide opportunities for all of our students to demonstrate an understanding of ecology and environmental stewardship as well as develop a sense of respect, joy and wonder for the Natural World.
Our students participate in numerous outdoor activities, ranging from backpacking and camping to bird counts, river trips and stream clean-ups. Our entire school community participates in local conservation efforts both on and off campus. Through the vision and dedication of our staff and parents, we are developing a greenhouse, planting organic gardens and implementing water and fuel saving practices. Above all, we believe that offering our students examples and solutions to some of the complexities of our world will help create responsible citizens who will care deeply for the future of our global community.
Evergreen’s developmentally sound, place-based environmental education program engages our youngest learners in outdoor activities that foster awe and wonder and romote a love of nature. As children evolve in their thinking, the EE emphasis is on exploring and gaining an understanding of their local environment. Students in upper grades will focus on stewardship for the earth and thinking critically about issues in their community. Our students’ sense of place emerges through the grade levels, beginning with “my personal environment” and progressing to “the global environment.”
Students learn from local experts in many fields, including natural history and conservation, government, business, current events, education, and social studies. In addition to learning from these experts, students will have many opportunities to observe and explore the natural world directly—on campus, in the many natural areas of Western North Carolina, and beyond.
Through these positive experiences, students will become stewards of the land and their community, developing a sense of purposeful citizenship and identifying for themselves their role in nature and society. Students will become empowered to generate solutions and make positive changes, understanding they can make a difference—individually and collectively.