Common Ground is a center for environmental learning and leadership located in New Haven, CT. It is a place where all members of the community - young and elementary-aged children, middle and high school students, the general public, and environmental practitioners - can find connections to the local environment, each other, and opportunities for learning and engagement.
Common Ground is:
* An environmental education center, offering programs that connect people of all ages with the natural world while helping them develop habits of sustainable living.
* Connecticut's only charter high school focused on the environment, preparing students for both success in college and environmental leadership.
* An urban demonstration farm, modeling practices of sustainable agriculture and contributing to a healthy food system for New Haven residents.
* A 20-acre laboratory for environmental research, sustainable living, the study of natural and human history, and community-building.
Location: New Haven, CT
Highlights:Common Ground’s name says it simply: we’re in this together. The environmental challenges facing our planet, and the educational challenges facing our community, are too large to face alone. By working in partnership with like-minded individuals and organizations, we have a real chance of addressing these big challenges: reducing global warming, making healthy food accessible to everyone in the community, closing the achievement gap, building a new generation of environmental leaders, re-building our connections to the natural world.
Features of Common Ground High School:
Features of Common Ground's Environmental Programs:
students and classes actively take part in the work of the center's farm
environmental understanding is at the heart of the curriculum: hands-on classes, senior projects, internships, and six environmental "big ideas" that connect the curriculum.
academic and personal development: challenging interdisciplinary courses, academic support, career planning, college counseling, mentors and tutors from University of New Haven and Yale University, and students take college courses while at Common Ground
student leadership: Green Jobs Corps (on and off-site paid jobs), school clubs, community service, peer mediation, and involvement in city-wide leadership programs
6,000 community members are engaged each year in Common Ground programs
Programs provide community members of all ages an opportunity to dig in the dirt, harvest local food, go on a hike, learn about sustainable living, buy vegetable seedlings, ask garden advice, and enjoy the life on the farm.
Specific programs for children and youth, families, schools, and community members of all ages. Additional programs include after-school programs and summer camps.
Provides support to community members to develop gardens and farms
Opens the doors to their Community Kitchen for use by local entrepreneurs, gardeners, and community members as they turn local food into value-added products: jams, granola, ready-to-eat treats, sauces and more. The space can also be used for events about sustainability and the environment.
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