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Teaching Sustainability Through a 24/7 Residential Experiential Learning Experience

  • Ken Voorhis
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Part of the Schooling for Sustainable Development book series (SSDE, volume 4)

Abstract

Residential environmental learning centers (RELC) can provide an incredibly effective opportunity for modeling and teaching sustainability. By living and learning in community at a RELC for a period of time, participants experience the balancing act necessary to live sustainably. Through the study of local natural systems and the role of people over time as they have related to those systems, students gain a perspective of how precarious and yet critical that balance can be. Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is described as a model of such a program and the ways in which it seeks to accomplish such objectives.

Keywords

National Park Food Waste National Park Service Environmental Stewardship Great Smoky Mountain 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Great Smoky Mountains Institute at TremontTownsendUSA
  2. 2.Great Smoky Mountains National ParkGatlinburgUSA

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