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Jennifer, a former science educator, is the manager of STEM education for NWF's Eco-Schools USA program. She engages teachers and students by weaving sustainable practices into the school experience including grounds, facilities, and curricula. Utilizing best practice in science education, Jennifer strives to stop the leaking STEM pipeline and promote STEM careers for the youth of today.

Discovery Hill: An Outdoor Learning Laboratory

9/1/2015 // By Jennifer Hammonds

The importance of children having outdoor learning spaces at schools is well established. Outdoor classrooms are effective for applied science education, inquiry-based learning, physical and emotional health, and brain function. They are also effective at keeping America’s increasingly ‘indoor kids’ in …

Jacque Sanchez, other U.S. delegates and students and staff at Nanhua Elementary School. Photo by Jackie Sanchez.

USA and Taiwan Students Work Together to Address Environmental Issues

8/27/2015 // By Jennifer Hammonds

National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Campus Partnership Program is a high-quality collaborative educational experience for students from diverse cultures whose aim is to increase environmental literacy among students internationally. The Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have cooperated for over …

We’ve Got Problems, They’ve Got Solutions: 2015 Young Reporters for the Environment Competition Winners

6/10/2015 // By Jennifer Hammonds

Did you ever wonder how your community deals with invasive species like Kudzu? How about what GMO’s really are and why they are of concern? What about how communities are dealing with Styrofoam? Did you ever wonder if your town …


Mentor, Mentee: Who’s helping who?

10/20/2014 // By Jennifer Hammonds

The role mentors play in the lives of students is invaluable and can often lead to extraordinary experiences, both for the mentor and the mentees. This couldn’t be more evident than for mentor, Michelle Hipps-Cruz of Overland Partners and mentees, students of Lamar Elementary School as a part of our Eco-Schools USA program.


Green STEM: An Educational Collision of Epic Proportion

4/17/2013 // By Jennifer Hammonds

  Our climate is changing at an alarming rate, and as a nation our young people are not prepared to provide the solutions necessary to mitigate and safeguard our world’s biodiversity, growing population, agricultural and transit systems and more.  In …

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Helping Students Cope with Hurricane Sandy

11/7/2012 // By Jennifer Hammonds

Superstorm Sandy, the clash of the first Nor’easter of the winter season and Hurricane Sandy, a final tropical storm of the hurricane season, wrecked havoc along the east coast, especially the northeastern states. As adults in communities, governments, and civic and …

Changing the Way Our Children Eat at School

10/18/2012 // By Jennifer Hammonds

  According to the American Heart Association 1 in 3 American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963.  With good reason, childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern among parents in the …

The Colorado Rockies (photo by Jennifer Hammonds)

Green Schools National Conference Draws Student Participation in Colorado

3/8/2012 // By Jennifer Hammonds

The Greens Schools National Network’s (GSNN) mission is to advance the National Green and Healthy Schools movement by connecting like-minded and passionate education, non-profit, corporate and public sector individuals and organizations. What better place to do that than in beautiful …

Teachers link what they already teach to Eco-Schools USA pathways (Jennifer Hammonds)

Green Schools Trend on Display in Texas

2/1/2012 // By Jennifer Hammonds

The green schools movement is now a bona fide national trend. Case in point: the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) voted to include environmental education provisions in an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act …

An Unsafe School Environment Can Affect Students’ Health and Academic Performance

1/18/2012 // By Jennifer Hammonds

In my years as a classroom teacher, I noticed an increase in the number of students who missed school due to respiratory problems. Why the increase? Was it the school itself?  I wondered what secrets the building held. Considering that …

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