While humans tend to respond instinctively to beauty, we don’t always consciously make the connection between valuing scenic beauty in our communities and the crucial advantages that come with it, such as quality of life, improved physical and mental health, and improved economic opportunity.
That’s why it’s so important to teach young people to value scenic resources. By engaging with the beauty of the natural and built environment, we can help inspire in them a lifelong affection for these qualities – and inculcate a willingness to fight to preserve them.
K-12 Scenic Education Program: Partnership with Project GreenSchools
Since 2007, Project GreenSchools has been developing the next generation of environmental leaders through education, project-based learning and community service. So far, they’ve impacted:
- 6,300 schools
- 500,000 students
- 43 U.S. states
Scenic America has worked with Project Greenschools to help develop a broad range of educational resources for young people that encourages preservation and appreciation of our scenic heritage. Resources include publicly accessible:
All these resources can be found here. The latest resource is a video lesson for teachers and youth leaders called “Engaging the Next Generation in Scenic Conservation” featuring Scenic America’s President, Mark Falzone.