Imagine a world where we focus on relationships, community-building and experiences. A world where we use natural resources at a rate that nature can replace. That’s our vision, and to help create this world we start in the heart of the nation. We invite Iowans to explore what most fulfills them. Then encourage them to live out those priorities. Often, that means more focus on such things as family, relationships and spirituality. We also encourage exploration of the impacts of consumption. You’ll find lots of resources here about that. Thoughtful consumption is one of the most important things we can do for our planet. Our primary initiative has been online and face-to-face professional development for PreK-12 educators since 2000.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES – We offer online and face-to-face versions of the Secret Lives of “Stuff” course. Teachers and their students examine the materials we use daily – how they are extracted, transported, produced, used and disposed of around the globe. Upper level students explore solutions to the question: How do we reconcile our desire to consume with our desire for a healthy planet? Learn more
RECLAIM YOUR HOLIDAYS – Non-formal educators such as extension specialists, naturalists and congregational leaders help Iowans create more meaningful and enjoyable winter holidays in an age when material goods abound. Reclaim Your Holidays focuses on nurturing relationships and living intentionally in order to create higher quality holiday experiences that are kinder on the environment. Click to get started
FIND AN ACTIVITY – We’ve been testing resources since 2000 and have collected our favorite videos, books, and lesson plans together in one place for you. These activities actually work and are searchable by audience, topic, and more. They’re great for PreK-12 educators, Reclaim Your Holidays leaders, and anyone looking for practical ways to live more intentionally. Find an activity now!
E-NEWSLETTERS – Our newsletters help teachers learn about new and existing resources and enables us share resources for non-formal educators. Both newsletters – Quality Teacher Tools for Protecting the Planet and Reclaim Your Holidays – may be of interest to formal and non-formal educators alike. Subscribe here