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The Leopold Education Project (LEP) curriculum guide contains20跨学科课程in Aldo Leopold’s土地伦理, based on the classic essays in沙漠县七星. Published in 2016, this guide consolidates the best lessons from the wide array of resources developed for LEP throughout its history, including content adapted fromLessons in a Land Ethic(1994),用Aldo Leopold探索户外活动(2009), and theHabitat Discovery Series(2014)。

Curriculum Overview

The consolidation project combined similar lessons from the various LEP resources; ensured that lessons are easy to implement in all environments; and strengthened ties toLeopold的style of teaching and learning through observation, participation, and reflection.

这些课程包括教师的背景信息,并参与让学生在户外的活动 - 帮助他们通过观察和动手参与阅读景观的技能。建议的讨论问题有助于指导个人和群体反思。

The curriculum guide is designed for use in both formal classroom environments and as part of non-formal outdoor education experiences. Lessons are targeted mainly toward middle school and high school age students, but many lessons may be adapted for use with families, adults, and elementary age children.

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LEP Curriculum Correlations

A team of LEP State Coordinators has aligned the lessons in the curriculum with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), as well as suggested connections with other environmental education curricula. These correlations are listed in a downloadable PDF rather than in the print curriculum, so that we may periodically update them.

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Leopold-探索卡Supplement your LEP curriculum with a set ofLeopold Exploration Cards: 28 cards to help educators connect people of all ages with the natural world. Each card features a short quote from沙漠县七星, paired with a simple activity prompt.

These cards are a great complement to any LEP lesson and can be ordered through ouronline store.

LEP History

The Leopold Education Project was originally developed by Council 16, an association of eight Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts. They based their curriculum on activities created by a Wisconsin biology teacher who shared his “Sand County biology” lessons with students throughout the late 1980s.

Later, the national conservation group, Pheasants Forever, was introduced to the curriculum and saw potential to share it more widely. In 1994, they adopted LEP as their national educational program, and used their ties with chapter groups across the country to organize a network of state coordinators and facilitators who could bring the curriculum to teachers nationwide.

Over the years, a wide array of additional materials was developed and added to the original curriculum. In 2013, Pheasants Forever transferred ownership and distribution of the LEP resources to the Aldo Leopold Foundation.