April 23 - 29 is National Environmental Education Week, celebrating the many ways that people are engaging with their environment. The SPREE Team has been out along the River all week teaching Denver students about their local environment - and having lots of fun doing it!
Environmental Education (EE) has many benefits beyond gaining a greater understanding of and connection with the natural world. Research has shown that students participating in EE see improvement in their science, math, social studies and language arts performance, as well as their standardized test scores. Time spent outdoors in green spaces has also been linked to multiple physical and mental health benefits.
If you'd like participate in EE with your class or family, check out the Generation Wild list of simple things you can do in a schoolyard, city park, or your own back yard. You can also check out the many field trips, day camps and free family events that SPREE offers along the South Platte River!