This discussion guide is designed to help citizens take a fresh look at the problems of building and maintaining nice
places to live against the forces of sprawl. The issue guide provides an overview of the issue and, to promote
public deliberation and citizen action, outlines several perspectives or choices. Free moderator’s guide available,
additional resources can be ordered.
ANEI promotes a vibrant and sustainable environment, economy, and society by encouraging informed civic engagement. It provides training, programs and resources (U.S. and international) in leadership development, place-based education, nonprofit management, environmental education and policy, smart growth and public administration.
This 144-page publication outlines many ways of developing attractive and sustainable communities, providing specific case studies and examples of solid planning practices. It includes six principles for better development.
This is an excellent educational resource on Pennsylvania biodiversity. It is full of photos and information presented
in a creative and interesting manner.
Provides active opportunities to construct communities and apply planning concepts. Box City Curriculum,
Classroom and Festival Pack are available through CUBE/archiSources.
This manual addresses the social and cultural aspects of community-based environmental protection. It gives leaders in government agencies and in nongovernmental organizations and tribes a process and a set of tools for defining and understanding the human dimension of an environmental issue and gives them technical tools for more effectively working with the public on environmental protection efforts. The Guide is based on the elements of social science theory and methodology that are most relevant to defining and understanding community life as it relates to environmental issues.
It is an organization that engages young people as active citizens to improve the environment and their communities.
It provides materials and resources for developing projects for service learning through community
action and provides networking opportunities with teams throughout the country, Earth Force provides a
framework and program for moving students to action. Pennsylvania Earth Force projects are located in Erie,
Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
An environmental program for secondary students developed by Project Learning Tree that focuses on land use
decision-making. For information and to obtain copies contact PDE Office of Environment and Ecology at
In March 2007, Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell convened a two-day conference and assembled experts and organizations with various perspectives on the relationship between people and the outdoors. A 16-member Task Force met to forge this final report, summarizing input from the conference and public meetings, and offering the recommendations that make up thsi report
Lessons and activities for designing community maps that share information on energy conservation, recycling,
composting, rain barrels, water conservation, organic markets/restaurants and other GREEN highlights of the
community. Be sure to check out the Green Map K12 Activity Guide.
This is a curriculum developed to educate young people about land use and the role of citizens in shaping a sustainable
This site offers an expanded and updated library of National Geographic’s popular education content, highlighting our iconic media and expert resources aligned with education standards.
This survey provides statistics on the use of social media by both large and small organizations and corporations. It also offers information on effectively establishing and managing social networking sites for nonprofit organizations.
The Pennsylvania Land Choices curriculum helps the learner understand the forces and choices that shape a community and region. It engages and enlightens people regarding civic responsibility, the power of citizens in planning the future of a community, and the conservation of natural resources. (Print version of CT guide)
The purpose of this handbook is to help communities like yours begin thinking and planning for the future. It is not, however, a cookbook on community visioning. Every community in Pennsylvania is unique, so it must develop its own vision and plan for the future. On the other hand, many of the same principles and activities that are included in the process may be useful to many communities. To help communities find that common ground and
allow them the freedom to decide what their plans might include, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania designed this handbook to focus on the process of visioning, not the outcome.
This education program is administered by the Center for Civic Education in cooperation with the National
Conference of State Legislatures. It is funded by the US Department of Education. The purpose of the program
is to help students engage in community projects as a responsibility of citizenship
This material focuses on the forest as a window to learning and involves hands-on activities that provide students
opportunities to investigate environmental issues. For information and to obtain copies contact PDE
Office of Environment and Ecology at 717.783.6995.
Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing
wildlife. Workshops are coordinated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The activity recommended in PA
Land Choices is called “Oh Deer!” and is located in Project WILD.
This place-based education website advocates learning through participation in service projects to immerse students in their local heritage, cultures and landscapes. Emphasizes learning through participation in service projects for the local school and/or community.
Save Our Land, Save Our Towns is an organization founded by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Tom Hylton
to facilitate change in regional planning, town design and protection of rural areas through education and advocacy.
Save Our Land, Save Our Towns is the title of a book and an hour-long television documentary which has
classroom materials. Lessons, activities and a video on Pennsylvania land use are excellent resources for teachers
and community leaders.
This revised and expanded version of a North American classic is a valuable tool for teachers, educators, and parents. Available at any retail book source.
This packet gives helpful instructions on methods of shifting from communications media to social media and describes the ensuing benefits. It includes descriptions of a wide variety of social media and their uses for nonprofit organizations.
This Planning Guide can help you achieve your goals and objectives whether you are just developing a conservation education program, or whether you’ve been at it for years. If you are starting a new program, consider reviewing all chapters within the RBFF Workbook in addition to this Planning Guide. That
information will help you make informed decisions on how to plan and implement your program and help you avoid pitfalls others have learned the hard way.
This is a Pennsylvania—specific interdisiciplinary program of instructional activities on Pennslvania forest
and land use aligned with the academic standards.
These are elementary and middle school curricula for students in grades 3-8. They include numerous educational
activities with photographs developed by The Dunn Foundation which was founded to address community
appearance and community identity.
This program was developed to help use nearby natural resources as a valuable teaching tool for students in
grades 6–12. Teacher training is provided as well as field and classroom training provided by Bureau of State
Parks environmental educators.