K-12 Environmental Education


(Get Out and Learn!)

-Funding Environmental Learning Experiences-


Program Description:

G.O.A.L. (Get Out And Learn), Funding Environmental Learning Experiences for Boston Public Schools is an initiative planned by the BYEN –K12 steering committee, which includes representatives from the Environmental Education program provider community and Boston Public School (BPS) teachers and BPS Science Professional Development Specialists.

GOAL is an effort to further environmental literacy and stewardship through science based field experiences. GOAL seeks to catalyze partnerships between Boston-based organizations and Boston Public School teachers to plan field experiences that are in support of the BPS science curriculum. It aims to do this by providing resources (e.g., funding for transportation and program fees) to directly support classrooms embarking on field experiences connected to the BPS science curriculum.

Download the GOAL application


GOAL! Highlights:

« 45 Environmental Education professionals from 22 different organizations received training in the Boston Public School Science curriculum in order to more closely align their program offerings to BPS Science content and enrich science learning.

« All forty Boston Public Schools that submitted applications received GOAL grant awards to support outdoor learning experiences linked to science curriculum content.

« Over 6,000 BPS students participated in more than 8,500 outdoor learning experiences supported by GOAL grant awards given to teacher-provider partnerships since the program began in Spring 2009.

« Boston Environmental Education professionals were invited to attend BPS Science Kit trainings to further enhance knowledge and skills, and build relationships with BPS teachers.

« GOAL grant awards totalling $40,000 are made annually to help cover transportation costs and program fees – the biggest logistical obstacles to extending science learning beyond the classroom setting.

« Average cost per student is less than $13.00, including transportation, program fees and partner staff time for work with classrooms to prepare for and then follow-up to the outdoor environmental learning experience.


Participating Boston Public Schools:

Agassiz Elementary School

Blackstone Elementary School

Boston Latin Academy

Boston Teachers Union School

Bradley Elementary School

Conley Elementary School

Curley K-8 School

Dever School

Edison K-8 School

Ellis Elementary School

Ellison Park School

Everett Elementary School

Fifield Elementary School

Garfield Elementary School

Sarah Greenwood K-8 School

Guild Elementary School

Hale Elementary School

Haley K-8 Pilot School

Hamilton School

Harbor School

Hennigan Elementary School

Hernández K-8 School

Holmes Elementary School

Horace Mann School for the Deaf

Hurley K-8 School

Jackson/Mann K-8 School

John F. Kennedy Elementary School

Mason School

McKay K-8 School

Mendell Elementary School

Mildred Avenue School

Mission Hill K-8 School

Murphy School

Ohrenberger School

Oliver Perry K-8 School

Philbrick Elementary School

Phineas Bates Elementary School

Roosevelt School

Sumner Elementary School

Taylor Elementary School

Winthrop Elementary School


Eligible Environmental Education Partners:

Appalachian Mountain Club

Arnold Arboretum

Beyond Benign

Friends of the Blue Hills

Boston Children’s Museum

Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center

“e,” Inc.

Ferry Beach Ecology School

Hale Reservation

New England Aquarium

New England Wildlife Center

Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center

Urban Ecology Institute

Wakefield Estate

Student Conservation Association

Youth Enrichment Services (YES)

Zoo New England