Educational Philosphy

By applying nationally-recognized guidelines for excellence, Mighty Acorns gives students the ability to become the next generation of environmentally-savvy problem solvers. 

Mighty Acorns uses the following key principles of environmental education based on the North American Association of Environmental Education’s guidelines for excellence.

Systems and Interdependence

Students learn they are not only connected to the ecosystem but play a huge part in it. Through in-class and on-site lessons, students discover the relationships and interactions in local ecosystems. The activities cover a wide variety of topics, everything from the food web to migration to animal adaptations!

The Importance of Where One Lives

In order to really understand their ecosystem, students must learn about the area around them. They participate in field study trips to natural areas close to their communities. This gives them the opportunity to explore and understand nature. The knowledge and skills gained in the local community gives students a base to learn about broader issues in larger ecosystems.

Roots in the Real World

Students get hands-on in stewardship activities every time they visit their local area. From investigating to analysis, the problem solving skills the students develop are essential to make connections to the real world.

Critical Thinking

Students are challenged to think creatively and critically throughout the program. Decision-making, communication and collaborative learning activities expand their knowledge. These skills turn science into action and give them the knowledge to become an informed and action-oriented member of society.


Learn more about the North American Association of Environmental Education.