Placed-based Learning 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.

Past Write Outs

Sparks and Inspirations gathered for Write Out 2020: Stories by a Campfire
Daily prompts, inspirational activities by storytellers, and Writing Marathon resources were gathered for the Write Out 2020 and remain available for use and remix.

Write Out Bookshelf
Gathered for the Write Out 2020 event whose theme was “Stories by the Campfire.”

Saint Michael Students Share Campfire Stories to Celebrate NWP Write Out 2020
A post about classroom work from Amy Krajeck of the Kent State Writing Project.

A Celebration of Write Out 2020
A blog post highlighting work shared during Write Out 2020.

Thank you and Reflections, Write Out 2019
A blog post highlighting work shared during Write Out 2019.

National Park Service Resources

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.

Teaching resources

Place-conscious education, Nebraska style, Podcast series, June 2020. Since the mid-1990s, the Nebraska Writing Project has been investigating place-conscious education and designing curricula and partnerships with place-conscious goals in mind. This seven-part audio series, created in 2020 out of their work with the National Parks Service partnership, provides an introduction to place-conscious education and delves into several curriculum and action projects teacher leaders have devised.

As We Continue: Opening the Walls of the Classroom and the Boundaries of the Park, The Current, December 2019. A collection of resources created through a multi-year partnership between the National Writing Project and National Park Service.

Promise of Place Website. Center for Place-based Learning and Community Engagement
A public private partnership that works to advance the state of the art in place-based education by facilitating collaborative efforts in research, program design, technical assistance, resource development and dissemination.

Resources for Teacher Educators
NCTE’s ELATE Commission on Climate Change and the Environment in English Education gathered these resource recommendations for teacher educators.

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

Book List of Environmental Literature
Compiled by Rich Novack of the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield and ELATE Commission on Climate change and Environment.

Field Journaling #Writeout
Video created by Rich Novack of the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield and ELATE Commission on Climate change and Environment.

A Space for Conversation
A space for ongoing conversation and antiracist work hosted by the Flint Hills Writing Project in partnership with Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site and the National Writing Project.

Dis-Placed Collaboration: Online Study Group Takes “Hidden History” into the Classroom
A resource by Grace Morizawa and Stan Pesick of the Bay Area Writing Project.

From Lines to Networks: Connecting with National Parks for Place-based Science Learning
A resource by Stephanie West-Puckett of the University of Rhode Island.

From the Tule Lake Segregation Center to the Virtual World
A resource by Grace Morizawa of the Bay Area Writing Project.

Integrating History & Social Justice into Today’s Classroom
A resource by Heather Hummel of the Little Rock Writing Project.

Place-Based Poetry, Modeling One Revision at a Time
An article by Ann Gardner of the Southern Arizona Writing Project.

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

Native Land
Native Land Digital strives to create and foster conversations about the history of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and settler-Indigenous relations, through educational resources such as our map and Territory Acknowledgement Guide. 

Outdoor Diversity and Leadership

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.