The power of Environmental Education. The power of stories. The power of youth voices. All together, that's the Power of Nature's Voices.
The Nature's Voices Project is a program of Green Schools Initiative to amplify the voices of young people whose lives and learning have been transformed by environmental education. By sharing these stories, we will grow the movement of people supporting green schools and environmental education.
A stronger movement will generate and transform more green schools, empowering more students to take actions to protect the planet.
The Nature's Voices Project provides:
- Opportunities to link Common Core Writing Standards with meaningful and inspiring environmental experiences;
- A means of showing the positive impacts and benefits of green schools and environmental literacy programs on academic achievement and civic engagement through personal and emotional stories; and
- A platform for youth voices to be heard by educators and adults with the power to act to reform and invest in our schools and promote the Green Schools Movement and environmental education programs.
We will share these stories with educators, policymakers, and the general public to inspire them to support green schools and to listen to their youth. Youth stories will be shared through social media, conferences, events, and other avenues, including at the March 2015 Green Schools National Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Leading up to the conference, we will collect and share youth stories and select the best ones to feature on our website and social media channels.
Youth ages 13 and up can submit a story as part of our Nature's Voices Student Story Contest and win cash prizes and an expense-paid trip to be a keynote speaker at the Green Schools National Conference in March 2015 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
We will offer a scholarship to the student author with the best story to share his/her story as a keynote speaker and participate in the Green Schools National Student Summit, held in parallel with the conference.
After the conference, we will continue to use and publicize the stories in support of green schools policy reforms, state environmental literacy plans, legislation, and other advocacy forums. We have several cash prizes.
We want to hear your unique perspective and invite you to share your story. Perhaps you or your students participated in a habitat restoration project with a school club, worked in a community garden, went on an outdoor adventure, or learned about climate change in your environmental science class. Follow our writing prompts and SUBMIT YOUR STORY, PHOTOGRAPHS OR A VIDEO HERE. The DEADLINE for submitting stories to be considered for the national conference is January 16, 2015.