Environmental School Objectives

-Develop a citizenry that is aware of and concerned about, the total environment and its associated problems, and which has the knowledge, attitude, motivation, skill, and commitment to work individually and collectively toward solutions of current problems and the prevention of new ones.
-Foster value systems which preserve the biotic community.
-Increase awareness of the interdependencies of life on earth.
-Prevent pollution to protect public health and heal the planet.
-Help citizens become involved with their communities and the natural world.
-Network and reach out to all segments of the community to achieve common goals.
-Encourage conservation education programs in all levels of garden club activity.
-Promote the inclusion of environmental education in classrooms and youth organizations throughout the country.
-Establish Environmental Councils to provide opportunity for personal growth and community service for NGC, Inc.
-Environmental Consultants and Interns

What does this class give me?

-The opportunity to learn more all about the facets of our physical world known as the environment.
-In depth information on land conservation, land trust, water conservation, groundwater protection, air quality, energy awareness, water awareness, litter and recycling among the many subject matters
-Legislative issues relative to the environment
-Knowledge of the necessity of maintaining the quality of our environment as we pass on the care of our world to our children and grandchildren
-How to influence those around you

Upcoming Course:

Course 4 Series 8   Zoom Course

Water and Related Issues

 July 10-11, 2024

Info and registration : ES C 4Zoom Ohio Trifold

For more information and for proper forms contact Pat Rupiper  patrupiper@gmail.com

ES History

In May 1991, the NGC Board approved a motion to create a school of Environmental Studies under the administration of Violet Dawson. The first Environmental Studies School was held April 1, 1993 at Mosquito Hill in New London Wisconsin. ESS has been in the forefront of the green movement by studying recycling, organic gardening, wildflower gardens, elimination of invasive species, and many other topics to protect the environment in our home gardens and an array of civic projects.

Garden Club of Ohio launched Environmental School in 2003, promoted as a ZOO DOO.  Courses were held at Cleveland Zoo, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanic Gardens, Columbus Zoo and Toledo Zoo.  A council was formed at the close of the first series.

Those council members were moved to the 2018 Tri-Council consisting of any active council members from Environmental, Gardening, or Landscape Design, who wish to join.

Members continue to enjoy travelling Ohio, exploring amazing places and learning environmentally sound practices. We have continued to start a new series as each one ends, affording a constant opportunity for environmental education in Ohio.

It is important that each individual obtains a fuller understanding of the environment, problems that confront it, the interrelationship between community and surrounding land, and opportunities for the individual to be effective in working toward the solution of environmental problems.

This new approach, designed to reach citizens of all ages, is called “environmental education.” Environmental education is aimed at producing a citizenry that is knowledgeable concerning the biophysical environment and its associated problems, aware of how to help solve these problems, and motivated to work toward their solution. (NGC Schools Handbook)