Enhanced learning is the point of Earthpark™. A national
Education Design Team* laid the foundation for immersive, participatory
teaching experiences, and professional educators from all levels continue
to incorporate the latest research.
Virtual outreach is integral to Earthpark™. Web-based learning
programs, beginning during construction, will focus on “green
building” methods such as design, site preparation and integrating
alternative energy sources.
• Global center for ecological literacy
• Cutting edge green technology campus
• Leading STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
career development center
• Premiere professional development center for inquiry-based
As Earthpark™ learning programs mature, educators will have
access to a myriad of online teaching tools, lesson plans, activities
and professional development opportunities. Online programs that mirror
those on-site will be available to student, teachers and electronic
visitors around the world, also serving those looking for greater depth
after their in-person visit.
With its entire campus created as a natural, transparent, “green” classroom,
Earthpark™ will host programs designed and offered cooperatively
with local school districts, colleges and universities, businesses
and other informal science institutions/attractions. Leading-edge technology
will supplement and enhance learning; e.g., handheld computers, special
glasses or earphones, data ports, “talking wells” and advanced
virtual reality. Earthpark™ will partner with area education
agencies to develop and provide experiential learning modules and other
useful materials for educators, business leaders and interested visitors.
Earthpark™ will strive to achieve designation and associated
financial support as a National Science Foundation “Science of
Learning Center.” We will also create Earthpark Certification
for students, educators, parents, businesses, CEOs and others who actively
participate in our learning programs. Methods will be developed to
measure both the immediate and long-term effectiveness of these efforts.
Some of these programs will be available opening day; others will be
incorporated as Earthpark™ grows and evolves.