Delaware Children In Nature


Best Practices for Schools

Schools across Delaware play a key role in helping our children grow into environmentally literate citizens. It will take more than one champion in the school who loves environmental education to influence the entire student body. 

This effort requires the collective impact of the school's leadership; from the youngest to the most experienced, transformation can be achieved through deliberate actions and attention to facilitating experiences that connect children with nature.


  • Support the Delaware Green Ribbon Schools Program.
  • Encourage faculty to take students outside.
  • Lead the way in modeling environmental awareness.


  • Seek current professional development on environmental issues through DOE, DNREC, DNS and other coalition members.
  • Include environmental education in your curriculum through deliberate planning.
  • Teach part of a class outside to show students that you enjoy the outdoors too!


  • Think about ways to connect your daily responsibilities to nature topics.
  • Seek out training that helps the school support green technologies and methods.
  • Attend training on topics that increase your knowledge of the "collective impact."

Parent Teacher Organizations

  • Become active in the Children In Nature movement.
  • Ask faculty and staff about Green Schools.
  • Take the lead in finding ways to get students outside.


  • Ask teachers to take you outside to learn about nature.
  • Spend time during recess being active and looking for signs of nature in your school yard.
  • Research ways to take care of nature and share your knowledge with teachers and other students.