From: The Rainforest Alliance
Published October 8, 2004 10:00 AM

The Rainforest Alliance Raises the Bar for Conservation Education

New York, NY - In order to better connect US children with conservation and cultures in Latin America, the Rainforest Alliance has launched an expanded and improved curriculum that will bring the rainforest to life in classrooms across the country. Endorsed by organizations including the New York City Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers’ Teacher Center — which touted the Learning Site as one of the best Web sites to support children’s learning — the Rainforest Alliance now offers an expanded curriculum with unique units for kindergarten through sixth grade. Each unit features three to four comprehensive multidisciplinary lesson plans, which meet national standards to allow teachers to easily incorporate the units into their lessons, and all are available for free.

To satisfy the high demand for environmental education resources, the Rainforest Alliance, an international conservation organization, launched the Rainforest Alliance Learning Site one year ago. The site, which provides free conservation curriculum and educational resources to teachers throughout the US, has since received more than 360,000 online page requests.

Since launching the site, the Rainforest Alliance has had the opportunity to work closely with several schools in New Jersey and Connecticut, and has seen the rewards that conservation education can bring into the classroom. “We find that students are excited to learn about new and exotic animals,” says Julianne Schrader, education program coordinator at the Rainforest Alliance. “Hispanic American students in particular gain a sense of pride in the classroom while studying the people and cultures of Latin American rainforests with their classmates.

Joanne Bergamotto, assistant superintendent at Newark Public School in Newark, NJ says, “This is such a worthwhile curriculum that incorporates so many wonderful interdisciplinary possibilities. The pathways are unending when you embrace the Rainforest Alliance. Their site provides meaningful and authentic lessons while allowing the students to have fun and satisfying their curiosity!”

Teachers can log onto the Rainforest Alliance Learning Site at to access free lesson plans, sign up for a monthly e-newsletter and browse through the many new educational resources.

The Rainforest Alliance works to protect ecosystems and the people and wildlife that depend on them by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Companies, cooperatives and landowners that participate in our programs meet rigorous standards that conserve biodiversity and provide sustainable livelihoods.

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