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David W. Orr eloquently celebrates reconnecting children with the natural world.

Captive versus Noncaptive Audiences—How the Idea Originated by Sam H. Ham, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication Psychology
Director of the Center for International Training and Outreach, University of Idaho

If we want children to flourish, says educator David Sobel, we need to give them time to connect with nature and love the Earth before we ask them to save it.

The scenery and natural heritage of the Broad River Basin have captivated tourists and ecologists alike. Hollywood even memorialized some of these places on the big screen, including in battle scenes filmed for the 1992 movie “Last of the Mohicans” at the 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls.

The 200-mile Cape Fear River is the main tributary and namesake of the state’s largest river basin. It is the only river in North Carolina that flows directly into the ocean.

The Catawba River Basin in North Carolina is a place of extremes—you can discover both urban and wild adventures within its boundaries. The basin contains a large national wilderness area near its headwaters and a major metropolitan area where the Catawba River flows into South Carolina. This haven of natural wonders includes the 6,000-foot Grandfather Mountain, the Pisgah National Forest, Linville Falls, one of the most beautiful and popular cascades in the Appalachian Mountains, and Linville Gorge, one of the deepest canyons in the eastern United States.

Environmental Education Certification Program – At a Glance. Candidates have four years from their enrollment date in which to complete the program. Candidates may count previous workshops and experiences that have occurred during the past one year prior to enrollment and that meet program requirements.

North Carolina Environmental Education Certification encourages professional development in environmental education and recognizes educators committed to environmental stewardship. It establishes standards for professional excellence in environmental education for classroom teachers and nonformal educators.

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