Our Scientific Method

Aligned with Standards:

We integrate and align with standards:
  • Serving 4th – 12th grade students, our holistic curriculum is shaped by Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), STEM principles, and best practices in current social emotional learning (SEL), wellness, ecology and mountain sports.
  • Our innovative, experiential programming integrates Crosscutting Concepts, Science and Engineering Practices, and Interdisciplinary Core Ideas from NGSS, as well as Environmental Literacy principles of California’s Education and the Environment Initiative.

Our Scientific Method:


Ecology is “the study of home”, and every inquiry begins within. When we investigate our inner landscape, we cultivate awareness for more deeply exploring the world around us. In this process, we create connections within ourselves, and with all living creatures and environments. When our awareness increases, we can start asking GREAT questions: How can these connections help us to all live harmoniously? What can we do to create balance within and without? The Scientific Method of inquiry becomes a methodology to navigate through all facets of life–our inner ecosystems and our connections with the natural world. As we grow connections, we make meaning.

We investigate:
  • How can we be more observant?
  • How do we ask good questions from our observations?
  • How do we find/receive the answer?
  • What new questions are generated?
  • How do we cultivate a larger intellectual openness?
We practice:
  • Quieting the mind and awakening the senses with mindfulness practices
  • Broadening our inquiry to notice patterns and interactions in the environment
  • Forming questions to deepen understanding of ecology and the environment
  • Journaling our goals and aspirations, inner truths and unique perspectives
  • Joyful movement in our bodies; we play, get our hands dirty, experience adventure, and discover our body’s wisdom
  • Upgrading our habits; using leading edge brain-science we define small repeatable “experiments” or shifts in habits to create lasting change and connection
  • Nature journaling inspired by environmental education pioneers, including John Muir Laws and Joseph Cornell
We draw meaningful conclusions:

With careful observation, and detailed recording of questions and results we find meaningful conclusions. We ask “What worked? What didn’t work? What can I do differently? What is the next goal?”

We problem solve:

We respond to the confusion, depression, outrage, overwhelm, and apathy of our time. We address today’s most important and challenging environmental questions: climate change, conservation, restoration, animal rights, and development.