As an applied discipline that draws on both the natural and social sciences, conservation serves as an excellent vehicle for education in several subjects. It is a field that can demonstrate to students how the knowledge and skills they learn in the classroom can be applied to solve current real-world problems. Furthermore, being interdisciplinary, conservation can be used to integrate and bridge topics from various and seemingly unrelated subjects. Also, because it is a contemporary subject that directly relates to students' lives, the study and application of conservation principles can both inspire and empower students.
In order to bring conservation to the classroom, I created Conservation Horizons, a conservation education consulting organization. Conservation Horizons offers student programs and professional development for teachers in subjects ranging from biodiversity and ecology to environmental issues and environmental policy to values and cultures. Currently, our student programs target high school students, but our professional development workshops are designed for teachers of all grade levels. Still in its infancy, we hope to continue to expand our programs and services in the future.
For more information on Conservation Horizons, please click on the logo to the left.