Placed-based Writing Resources

Over time Write Out educators have gathered many resources to support place-based writing and education. We welcome recommendations; please share them to social media with the #writeout hashtag or email us.

Teaching Resources

National parks turn into classrooms for a new generation, PBS Newshour, November 2016

Place-conscious education, Nebraska style, NWP Write Now, June 2020

As We Continue: Opening the Walls of the Classroom and the Boundaries of the Park, The Current, December 2019. This collection includes resources created through National Writing Project and National Park Service partnership:

Teacher Resources curated by NCTE’s ELATE Commission on Climate Change and the Environment in English Education (C3E3)

Book List of Environmental Literature compiled by Rich Novack

An Adaptable Framework for Project-Based Learning: National Geographic Nat-Geo Inquiry, Edutopia, August 2020

Place-Based Learning: Using Your Location as a Classroom, Edutopia, 2015

Tips for Creating an Outdoor Classroom, Project Learning Tree

Field Journaling #Writeout, by Rich Novack, 2018

Place-Based Poetry, Modeling One Revision at a Time by Ann Gardner, 2005

Native Knowledge 360°
Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) provides educators and students with new perspectives on Native American history and cultures.

Online primary document databases to help unearth the hidden stories of place
Curated by Park Ranger Amber Kirkendall from Homestead National Monument for Write Out, 2019.

National Park Service Educators Page
Find curriculum units, lesson plans, ideas for field trips, distance learning opportunities, and more!

Telling All Americans’ Stories Hub
This landing page leads to multiple resources on the historical experiences of minoritized populations.

NPS Publications on Diverse and Inclusive History
A collection of NPS publications that focus on the historical experiences of minoritized populations.

Social Injustice in the Landscape
A National Park Service-curated resource, focusing on NPS locations that highlight injustice as part of the geography, ecology and history of the place itself.

Cultural Landscapes of the National Park Service
A National Park Service-curated resource, organized by region, these articles and media dig deeper into the stories of places, giving a platform and voice to those stories and people often forgotten.

In the News …

How Outdoor Learning Can Bring Curiosity and Connection to Education in Tough Times, KQED’s Mindshift, October 2020

With Safety in Mind, Schools Take Classrooms Outdoors, Edutopia, September 2020

‘Black Birders Week’ Promotes Diversity and Takes on Racism in the Outdoors, The Audubon Society, June 2020

Beloved Writers on Nature as an Antidote to Depression by Maria Popova, June 2020

Twitter posts show that people are profoundly sad – and are visiting parks to cheer up, The Conversation, May 2020

Making outdoor recreation more inclusive: Interview with Outdoor Afro’s Antoine Skinner, part of a Hewlett Foundation series about inspiring conservation stewards, March 2020

How Hip Hop Can Bring Green Issues to Communities of Color by Thomas Easley, Yale School for the Environment, March 2020

Black Bodies, Green Spaces: Why is the image of an environmentally conscious African-American still hard for us to picture?, NYTimes Opinion, June 2019

Being ‘Outdoorsy’ When You’re Black Or Brown. NPR: Code Switch podcast, 2016


Diversity Outdoors
A coalition promoting diversity in outdoor spaces where people of color, LGBTQIA, and other diverse identities have historically been underrepresented.

Outdoor Afro
The nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature.

Latino Conservation Week
An annual event, Latino Conservation Week was created to support the Latino community getting into the outdoors and participating in activities to protect our natural resources.

Theory and Practice

Place-Conscious Education with the Nebraska Writing Project, NWP Radio series, July 2020

A Place for Local in Critical Global Literacies by Amy Price Azano, English Journal 2019

The Best of Both Worlds: A Critical Pedagogy of Place by David Gruenewald, 2003

Place Based Education: Connecting Classroom and Community by David Sobel, 2004

What is Place-based Education: Promise of Place Website. Center for Place-based Learning and Community Engagement

The Benefits of Place-Based Education: A Report from the Place-Based Education Evaluation Collaborative. Center for Place-based Learning and Community Engagement