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Title: Agencies, educators, communities and wildfire: partnerships to enhance environmental education for youth

Author: Monroe, Martha C.; Ballard, Heidi L.; Oxarart, Annie; Sturtevant, Victoria E.; Jakes, Pamela J.; Evans, Emily R.;

Date: 2015

Source: Environmental Education Research. doi:10.1080/13504622.2015.1057555.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: We studied seven programs that engage youth from 10 to 18 years old in wildfire risk reduction in their communities in the United States through in-depth interviews to examine the nature and role of community-school partnerships in resource-focused environmental education. While the programs use a variety of strategies, from Scout badge to summer school, they exhibit several common dimensions: they all engage youth in community projects; they all arise from partnerships between resource agencies, community organizations, and educators; they all began when people familiar with both wildfire and youth education saw an opportunity to improve the community and educate youth through action; and all partners are able to contribute to the common program yet retain their individual identity as they meet their own mission-based goals. We use themes and quotes to illustrate these common dimensions for establishing community-school partnerships that could build action competence through environment-based education projects.

Keywords: community, agency, wildfire, educators, partnership

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Monroe, Martha C.; Ballard, Heidi L.; Oxarart, Annie; Sturtevant, Victoria E.; Jakes, Pamela J.; Evans, Emily R. 2015. Agencies, educators, communities and wildfire: partnerships to enhance environmental education for youth. Environmental Education Research. doi:10.1080/13504622.2015.1057555.

 


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