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Western Schools Embrace Outdoor Science

NSF Award:

Teacher Retention and Renewal through Bioregional Outdoor Education  (Four Corners School of Outdoor Education)

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Using the outdoors as a classroom for science education is benefiting students and teachers in the NSF-funded Teacher Retention and Renewal through Bioregional Outdoor Education (TRRBOE) program. TRRBOE staff have seen participating schools' science test data improve in the 48 western schools they have worked with over the past four years. The Four Corners School of Outdoor Education in Monticello, Utah, is implementing TRRBOE to help K-8 teachers incorporate experiential, outdoor, and place-based education permanently into the core curricula. The focus of this grant is on teacher retention and renewal, and teachers report that they are successfully learning how to teach science using outdoor education techniques. With professional development and mentoring, teachers are staying in the teaching profession longer.





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An outdoor landscape in Utah
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Recent Award Highlights

young students take stream samples during an outdoor learning session sponsored by the natural history museum of utah

Natural history museum takes learning outdoors

Learning partnership creates K-12 activities focused on water sustainability

Research Areas: Education Locations: Utah
the grain weevil maintains a symbiotic relationship with bacteria

The origins of insect bacteria

Life inside an insect makes some microbes switch to a mutualistic relationship with their host

Research Areas: Biology Locations: Utah