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Think Earth Environmental Education Foundation Inc

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Causes: Environment, Environmental Education

Mission: The mission of the Think Earth Environmental Education Foundation is to help communities create and maintain a sustainable environment through education. The Foundation seeks, initiates, and oversees environmental projects and partnerships among stake-holders in the governmental, business, education, and public sectors. These partnerships result in tangible ways for people to “Think Earth,” that is, for people to: 1) conserve natural resources (e.g., water, energy, habitat) 2) reduce waste (e.g., recycle, repair, and reuse products) 3) minimize pollution (e.g., air, water, land)

Results: Founded in 1988, the Think Earth Foundation began as a consortium of agencies, companies, and educators in the Southern California region that understood the impact that business and government agencies could have on both the environment and education. Thus, they sought to address environmental knowledge and practices through education. The Foundation focused on reaching large numbers of students and their families to educate them about the importance of our shared environment and to show them effective behaviors and habits that would benefit our air, land and water. The Foundation’s first project was to develop a comprehensive, behavior-focused environmental education curriculum. Working with experienced curriculum developers, the Foundation created separate instructional units for each grade level from preschool through middle school. To date, we have distributed Think Earth instructional units free to more than 40,000 elementary and middle-school teachers throughout Southern California; approximately an equal number of units has been used by teachers nationwide. Thus, more than two million students have acquired the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors required to “Think Earth.”

Target demographics: Support Environmental Education in Schools

Geographic areas served: California and nationwide

Programs: Our curriculum has been distributed free to more than 40,000 teachers and one million students throughout Southern California. Approximately an equal number nationwide have used the curriculum. Once the curriculum is published online, it will be available free to any teacher in the world with Internet access. Think Earth Surveys are available online to anyone with Internet access. The surveys have been used in 23 states and 5 foreign countries.Think Earth, It’s Magic shows and Think Watershed Floating Lab trips are available to elementary students in Southern California, with a focus on underserved areas.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Arley M. B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first began working with Think Earth when my employer sponsored boat tours of the LA Harbor for Think Earth's "Think Watershed" environmental and water-conservation -focused program for grade school students. I thought that there was no better way to teach children about the environment then by bringing them to the edge of a massive watershed, where the rivers meet the sea. The hands-on experience underscored the importance of water conservation upstream, especially relative to the health of San Pedro Bay. But, unfortunately, not every student can learn about the environment through a compelling field trip. That's why the new Internet curriculum Think Earth is presently developing will be a tremendous asset to our schools -- and our society. The curriculum will be a great tool for educators to engage their students and teach them about the role young people play in being environmental stewards. From its inception in the 1980s, Think Earth's lesson plans have been stellar and award-winning. The organization's new digital curriculum will continue this tradition, expose it to larger audiences, and help underscore why our protection of the environment is more important than ever. Please follow Think Earth at www.thinkearth.org/ to keep up with this organization's exciting developments. -- Arley Baker

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Think Earth stands out as a standard-bearer for excellence in environmental education. Its metrics show that the students behaviorsDO change after being exposed to the environmental curriculum this organization has developed and used in excess of 25 years. That's quite a track record and judging from teacher comments and student (and family) involvement, it really works! Given climate change and its challenges, teaching children early to "Think Earth" as they say on their website is essential to preservation of the earth which, of course, is their future. Very impressive.

1 Daniel W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

In a world where we are bombarded with myriad appeals to environmental stewardship, Think Earth Environmental Foundation is one of the oldest and most effective. With a broad educational outreach that works to increase awareness and urge action by individuals, families and companies, TE is positioned to be a global leader in how education will make the difference between apathy and engagement. Thanks!

Review from Guidestar