George Lucas Educational Foundation

Place-Based Learning

Location, location, location! See what happens when schoolwork explores students' connections with local history, environment, culture, or economy.

  • Place-Based Learning

    A Place-Based Approach to PBL

    A veteran teacher and author discusses how to bring fieldwork into your project-based learning curriculum.
  • Place-Based Learning

    When Your School Is a Museum

    In Grand Rapids, Michigan, an award-winning school has been the catalyst for a district turnaround after a 20-year decline.
  • Place-Based Learning

    Photos: A Look Inside the Grand Rapids Museum School

    A struggling district expands the concept of the school campus—using a museum, a zoo, and the city to teach its students.
  • Environmental Education

    5 Benefits of Outdoor Education

    An outdoor education program builds community and culture, raises expectations and standards, increases connection between students, and develops positive associations around school and the outdoors.
  • Place-Based Learning

    Turning the Community Into a Classroom

    See how students investigate real issues in their communities—and check out an e-book on how to adopt this type of program.
  • Place-Based Learning

    Place-Based Learning: A Multifaceted Approach

    Connecting learning to students’ surroundings—the buildings, the landscape—covers content goals and builds community pride.
  • Teacher Collaboration

    Connecting Student Learning Across Subjects

    When teachers collaborate on projects across subjects, they can drive engagement in all of their classes.
  • Place-Based Learning

    Learning Kids Can Put Their Hands On

    Taking kids outside—whatever environment your school is in—provides a new path to engagement in learning.
  • Learning Environments

    Expansive Classrooms: Taking Learning Outside

    Two Canadian experiential leadership programs usher students into the great outdoors to pique their academic curiosity while enhancing their physical and mental health.
  • Technology Integration

    7 iPad Apps for Outdoor Adventures

    Edutopia blogger Monica Burns proves that technology has a place in the great outdoors with her list of iPad apps to help kids identify birds and trees, navigate with maps, tie knots, and explore national parks.
  • Place-Based Learning

    A Student's Perspective on Place-Based Learning

    "All I needed during middle school was to feel a part of something, and connecting to my community brought me that." -- Grace Whitmore, Hood River Middle School alumna
  • Place-Based Learning

    Technology, PBL, and Place-Based Education

    A project- and placed-based learning school learns to use cutting-edge technology in the classroom while maintaining a close relationship to its stunning natural setting.
  • STEM

    Connecting STEM to Agriculture

    On a family farm, parents teach their kids STEM skills through their farmwork.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Early-Childhood Education Takes to the Outdoors

    Kids in Waldkindergarten, also known as forest kindergarten, are building fires and braving the snow. And they're all the better for it.
  • Field Trips

    Teacher-Less Field Trips: Classroom Extension Made Easy

    When you offer students extra credit to take field trips without you, you give them agency to bring related classroom content alive in new ways.