Why We Teach

About Us

We envision a society transformed by the positive impact of a new generation that understands, celebrates, and protects the natural world.

Why we teach


For our students

Environmental science is more important now than ever before. With the world’s changing climate, increasing threats to wild places, and declines in science in the classroom and in civic engagement in local communities, NatureBridge’s mission to connect young people to the science and wonder of the natural world has never been more urgent. Our students are the stewards and leaders of tomorrow; our programs inspire personal connections to the natural world and responsible actions to sustain it. 

These experiences in the natural world are life changing.   

For healthy communities

Environmental literacy stems from a strong connection to the natural world and an understanding of the interconnectedness of all living things. It may start with a NatureBridge hike or lesson, with a mountain summit or a wildlife sighting; we strive to transfer the experience home and inspire stewardship that extends long past a NatureBridge program, creating healthier communities for us all. 

For the future

NatureBridge is a leader in the field of environmental education. We collaborate with partners, including leading academic institutions and government agencies such as the National Park Service. Our partnerships in the philanthropic community and with other leading environmental education programs fuel innovation in our programs and in the larger field, elevating environmental education from a nice to have to a necessary component in every child's education.  

Research Bulletin

Research in the Environmental Education Research Bulletin: Issue 9 (PDF).

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