My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO), Portland, OR, USA
Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors implements fun, organized, hands-on lessons in elementary schools to increase ecological literacy. I recently volunteered with ECO to help teach about ethnobotany and I was impressed by the students' enthusiasm for the lesson and how well the material complemented what the students were already learning about NW native peoples. The ECO teachers are engaging and the ethnobotany lesson included an interactive outdoor portion where students learned about the uses of several native plants and made a bit of rope from plant materials to take home. ECO visits a classroom several times a year, which allows teachers, students, and ECO staff to build stronger relationships. This organization provides a much-needed service in schools today: to get students outside and excited about the natural world they inhabit. I would gladly volunteer with them again!
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