Awareness : students connecting with the environment

Elizabeth Chagolla, California State University, Monterey Bay

Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department


Awareness is the first step in making a difference in any issue. The more aware you are, the more you will understand and know how to make a difference. Through my Capstone Project my students did a series of lessons that’s main focus was to make them more aware of the environment. Through the readings that I did for my issue I found that the best way to make students more aware was through place-based education, which is why most of the lessons were done outdoors where the students were able to work hands on with nature. Overall My Capstone was a success, the students were able to realize that plants were all living things and required some of the same things that humans need, such as care, love, food, water and shelter. They were able to find a connection through caring for plants that they planted, they also realized that the environment was the home to many animals and wildlife and that they should protect it and care for it like if it was their own home.