The EfS Imperative

Where are we?

“Biophilia, if it exists, and I believe it exists, is the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.”

“From the freedom to explore comes the joy of learning. From knowledge acquired by personal initiative arises the desire for more knowledge. And from mastery of the novel and beautiful world awaiting every child comes self-confidence.”

— E.O. Wilson


“An environment-based education movement–at all levels of education–will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.”

― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

“All education is environmental education. By what is included or excluded, students are taught that they are part of or apart from the natural world.”

“No institutions in modern society are better equipped to catalyze the necessary transition to a sustainable world than colleges and universities. They have access to the leaders of tomorrow and the leaders of today. What they do matters to the wider public.”

— David Orr


Where do we need to go?

To a world view and application of Ecological Literacy ~ where Ecological Literacy is understanding that everything and everyone is connected, all actions have consequences and all consequences are cumulative. (The Law of Unity)

Ecological Literacy is the foundation for a sustainable world.

People protect what they love…

They love what they value
They value what they understand.
Our understanding of nature has been tarnished

By a massive cultural extinction of experience.
Only when we engage children’s hands in understanding
Their intimate and innate connection with the ecological community
Will their hearts embrace that understanding…
And only when their hearts embrace that understanding
Will it manifest as sustainable lives, lifestyles, landscapes, communities
….. and world.


How do we get there?

Hands-on Outdoor Place-based Education is H.O.P.E. for Ecological Literacy™

We get to Ecological Literacy through an educational system rooted a pedagogy that respects our relationship with the natural world, cultivates the desire and skills for effective stewardship, demonstrates how the Laws of Thermodynamics interface with our choices and creates opportunity for every child to embrace the Law of Unity first-hand.

Outdoor Classrooms are key to Education for Sustainablity.


“For decades, Gerald Lieberman has been at the forefront of environment-based learning. The concept, which has acquired several names over the years, is essentially this: children and young people learn best when their time in the classroom is augmented by experiences in the wider community…

“School should be more than a polite form of incarceration; it should be a portal to a wider world. Gerald Lieberman’s ongoing work underscores the right of a whole child to feel and be fully alive.”

— From the foreword by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder