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Public Lands: Public Education
Table of Contents
Background and Overview
Reasons for Change
Preventing Pollution
Public Education
Complete List of Links

Essential Links:

2006 Green Parks
EPA Region 8 pollution prevention programs and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality have...

BLM Learning Landscape
Presents learning opportunities associated with the 262 million acres of public lands that BLM manag...

Green Landscaping: Greenacres
Includes the how and why of native landscaping including case studies, a Smithsonian slide show, pro...

The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is dedicated to the advancement of the profession ...

Leave No Trace
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national non-profit organization dedicated to prom...

Understanding Ecosystem Management
Article includes concepts such as biodiversity, balance, scale and connections and discusses how man...

"The parks can become very positive forces in shaping the common life of America by providing good examples of sustainable management, energy conservation, green architecture and engineering, and interpretative materials about these practices. The parks should be outdoor classrooms in which the values that lead to sustainability can be championed."

Dr. Peter Raven, Director of Missouri Botanical Garden
Sustainability News, Spring 2002

Considerable effort, energy and resources on public lands are used for public education. According to some agency personnel, more time is now spent in "managing the people" than in "managing the resources." Interpretative discussions, workshops and displays teach traditional environmental and cultural topics, but interpretive education can also be used to tell visitors about the steps public lands are taking to preserve and conserve resources and point out ways visitors can help. Involving the public in pollution prevention on public lands can further create a link to pollution prevention in their own homes and communities.

It is also important to educate employees, contractors and concessionaires about the importance and practical ways to prevent pollution on public lands. Their participation is essential to successful pollution-free operations. Effective education of both visitors and workers is critical to public land protection and a powerful message for sustainable communities outside of public lands.

How to Send the Message Home

Currently, there are few online tools that specifically demonstrate the relationship between pollution prevention on public lands and how the same principles can be applied in homes and communities. This may be because visitor education is usually devoted to more traditional topics.

Public lands that seize the opportunity to demonstrate and educate the public about pollution prevention will maximize their impact if they can show the connection between public lands and visitors’ homes. Links presented in this section have been developed in various contexts to educate everyday people about everyday efforts to prevent pollution. Our intention is to provide a collection of links that will make it easier for agencies to develop educational tools and incorporate such messages as part of their overall educational effort. Suggestions for new links or examples of how and where this has been done are welcome by emailing us at:


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Hub Last Updated: 12/4/2012