Outdoor Learning and Edible Education During the School-Year
PEAS provides direct outdoor and/or edible education to students and experiential professional development for teachers through year-long partnerships with schools in Austin.
Outdoor and/or edible education specialists work at a schools with the same students and teachers for an academic year. Lessons utilize outdoor campus features such as gardens, wildflower meadows, and outdoor classrooms or teaching kitchens to engage kids in hands-on opportunities which cultivate and refine skills in science, math, social studies, language arts, health, and more.
By participating in lessons, teachers continue to develop their outdoor leadership skills that bring academic content to life!
Research shows that repeated exposure to nature and green spaces is more influential than one-time experiences in building appreciation and stewardship habits. A lack of repeat exposure is associated with the development of fear, discomfort, and dislike of the environment. Each student in the participating grades at each school experiences programming led by PEAS 12 to 14 times over the school year.
Professional Development & Consulting Services
Whether you are working for a school district or an individual, we have outdoor and edible
education consulting services
to meet your needs.
PEAS professional development workshops provide training for educators and advocates so they can fully utilize the outdoor spaces and gardens on their school campuses for engaging, hands-on, student centered learning. Consulting services provide more individualized support.
PEAS will customize our workshops or consulting sessions for your needs or the needs of your group. Below are several common topics that you may wish to choose from or we can create something for your specific needs.