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August 1, 2011

New Hampshire Environmental Literacy Plan Available for Comment

CONCORD, N.H. -- A draft Environmental Literacy Plan for New Hampshire is now available for public review and comment. The Environmental Literacy Plan creates a pathway for achieving statewide environmental literacy and is a required element for federal funding based on the pending No Child Left Inside Legislation. Environmental literacy is about having an understanding of the natural world and the ability to make decisions about the environment based on scientific, economic, aesthetic and ethical considerations.

For the past two years, the NH Environmental Literacy Working Group has been working on developing New Hampshire’s Environmental Literacy Plan. The Working Group consists of members from NH Environmental Educators, NH Children in Nature Coalition, universities, organizations and individuals. The group conducted surveys, forums and focus groups to gather input from a wide variety of people around the state. It is now time for public review of the document.

“One of the major focuses of the plan is to make sure children and youth are spending time learning in and about the outdoors, and that their teachers have the training to use the environment as a context for learning,” said Judy Silverberg, the group's convener.

Comments are welcomed as the group finalizes the New Hampshire plan. Input is being sought on the overall viability of the plan, as well as the following considerations for each of six key areas covered in the plan:

  • Are the short, medium and long term outcomes achievable?
  • Are there additional approaches or strategies that should be used?
  • Are there additional partners that should be identified?

The draft N.H. Environmental Literacy Plan is accessible for review and comment by the September 1, 2011, deadline, at http://nhenvironmentalliteracyplan.wordpress.com (click on "The Draft NH Plan." Written comments may be sent to Judy Silverberg, NH Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301.

New Hampshire Environmental Educators (NHEE) is the state professional organization for people working and or interested in environmental education. NHEE is dedicated to promoting, supporting and improving environmental education in New Hampshire and providing professional support to its members.

The New Hampshire Children in Nature Coalition is dedicated to fostering experiences in nature that improve physical and emotional health, increase understanding of the natural world, and promote stronger connections to community and landscape.

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