Agencies, educators, communities and wildfire: partnerships to enhance environmental education for youth
– paper in the current issue
Martha C. Monroe, Heidi L. Ballard, Annie Oxarart, Victoria E. Sturtevant, Pamela J. Jakes & Emily R. Evans
Pages: 1098-1114 | DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2015.1057555
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