Training Results

2010 REAP CEP Environmental Education for Special Audiences Grant                                      

Extension 4-H Youth Families                       Connecting Living & Learning Programs

In 2010, ISU Extension Program Specialists, Janet Toering (now retired) and Linda Naeve conducted seven environmental education training workshops throughout the state.
The 122 adult participants represented more than 30 different programs, yet all had a common interest – enhancing environmental literacy among youth.

Training Results

Increased Interest and Confidence

All of the participants (100%) indicated that their level of interest and confidence in teaching about agriculture, the environment, and natural resources stayed the same or significantly increased during the workshops. More than 55% indicated a 1 to 3 point increase in interest; more than 67% indicated a 1 to 3 point increase in confidence. This translates to greater use of environmental education resources.

General Things that Participants Learned

  1. The availability of valuable / comprehensive / aligned / hands-on / age-appropriate curricula that connect youth with the Earth.
  2. There are local people that can and want to help with environmental education efforts.
  3. The environment, agriculture and food are all connected.
  4. It is important to teach about how we depend on natural resources and agriculture for our needs.
  5. We can all be better stewards of the land.

Topic Areas that Participants Learned

Soil, water, composting, prairies, "Apple Earth", food web, where food comes from, decomposition, water cycles, plant and insect life cycles.

General Comments

General comments offered on the post workshop surveys included: praise curricula and the training, enthusiasm to use what they learned, their new educational and youth development resources, and to work with new partners.

Potential Partners and Volunteers

  • Public and Private Schools
  • Home Schools
  • FFA Pals and Big Buddies
  • Family and Consumer Science projects
  • Community and Service Learning projects
  • 4-H Clover Kids, 4-H Clubs
  • County Conservation programs
  • Boy and Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs
  • After school programs of all types, daycare sites
  • Church youth programs
  • Libraries
  • PTO - Parent, Teacher Organization
  • Volunteer Sites - 4-H, schools, public places
  • Park and Recreation programs
  • State and National Parks
  • Museums, historical sites
  • Community and neighborhood garden sites
  • Farmer's Market programs
  • English as a second language programs
  • Farm Bureau Agriculture in the Classroom programs
  • Agriculture and Environmental Field Days
  • Master Gardener and Master Conservationist programs
  • Projects for retired people
  • Private farms, orchards, gardens, prairie sites
  • Fair ground and public site projects and programs
  • Empowerment, Child Care Resource and Referral
  • Ameri-Corps projects
  • Residential facilities for youth
  • Retirement and healthcare facilities
  • Community programs for challenged adults
  • Food Pantries
  • Day camps and summer camping programs
  • WIC, hospital, clinic, health, human services programs
  • Community colleges and universities
  • Grant projects
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