We Are The Forest K-12 Curriculum is:
- Place-Based, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics).
- Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
- Designed to connect students with Nature, while developing a "Systems Thinking Lens".
- Divided into 3 subject ares:
- Community systems designed to mimic natural ecosystems, their functions, and services.
- The science and lens of solving human problems with natural systems and patterns.
- The true value of Nature, accounting for all that nature provides.
Our mission is to connect students of all ages with Nature.
Students that participate in We Are The Forest's programs will learn the skills needed to evaluate, design and install new Green Infrastructure systems, anywhere on the planet. They will be prepared for the STEM careers and green jobs of the future.
Our organization's goals are:
- Place-based educational innovation in K-12 schools.
- Ecological restoration and community resilience.
- Economic development through workforce training in Green Infrastructure, Biomimicry and Ecosystem Services.
Our organization and programs seek to create positive change in 3 social impact areas: Education, Ecology and Economy.
The national shift in education directives and curriculum towards place-based, STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). Our programs teach college preparatory level biology, ecology, engineering, and systems thinking, through a platform that ages 5 and up can successfully engage with.
A response to “Nature Deficit Disorder” Our programs focus on outside of the classroom learning, critical thinking and problem solving. The environmental problems we face dictate the need for nature-based problem solvers actively engaged in their communities.
With increased awareness of climate change and the human impact on environment, local and national leaders are calling for on the ground solutions in community resilience, natural resource conservation, civic engagement, and increased public health benefits through working with Nature.
We now understand the true effects of urban tree loss & deforestation - loss of biodiversity, soil erosion, increased air pollution, and the critical role forests play in the hydrological water cycle. It is clear we need a new generation of Nature-based problem solvers, equipped with restorative solutions for long term ecological sustainability.
The emerging trend of municipal bodies and government agencies in funding projects that utilize "ecosystem services", which means accounting for the ecological functions, public health benefits, and other intrinsic values that nature provides to society.
Simply put, new forests = economic development. The Green jobs of the future are here today, through restoring ecosystems, new infrastructure and building the "circular economy". Relocalization of the food, energy, water, building, transportation and waste sectors will provide sustainable, unoutsourceable job opportunities for decades.
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