Submitted by SEEK on Fri, 07/19/2013 - 12:00am
A residential environmental learning center has been defined as being a professionally staffed, full-time, year-round facility which offers hands-on, outdoor-based environmental education (EE) over an extended visit.
According to EEC 2000: A Study of Environmental Education Centers, an RELC is a facility with:
a formal environmental education mission statement with a strategic, long range goal;
established public or non-profit status;
qualified staff including administration, instructors, food service and maintenance;
an ongoing environmental education instructional program (minimum 9 months) consistent with A GreenPrint for Minnesota: State Plan for Environmental Education;
a significant level of land and building resources;
accommodations for eating, sleeping, and learning;
a program that devotes 80 percent of the budget to environmental education;
a program that devotes 80 percent of the school year to K-post secondary;
a program that devotes 80 percent of the summer program to environmental education, and
accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Many RELCs also provide day use environmental education components, but the option of staying the night is available.
For a current list of RELCs in Minnesota, go to SEEK's Regional Pages and in the All Minnesota section at http://seek.minnesotaee.org/region_detail.cfm?region=All Minnesota, and scroll down to Residential Environmental Learning Centers.
Grades Pre K-12
Citizen and Youth Groups
Contact(s) or order information.:
See each center for specific details.