Educating people about their natural and altered environment is the first step in bringing about any successful change. The teaching and research programs sponsored by the Institute promote interdisciplinary approaches to environmental education. Scholars in physical and social sciences actively seek the latest information, ideas, and innovations for the classroom, constantly adding revisions to instructional material to correspond with the latest findings in the field. AUEI affiliated faculty comes from every college and school on the Auburn University campus. New teaching curricula in environmentally-related areas are also being promoted through the Institute. While building a solid core of understanding on environmental issues is crucial to students, so is creating educational programs to communicate environmental awareness to Alabama citizens. The Institute is committed to serving the educational needs at all levels of instruction.
As the outreach program administrator in Auburn University’s Environmental Institute, Kay Stone coordinates more than 30 events per year as part of an environmental science and art program for middle school students in many of Alabama’s rural counties. She also works on a number of research projects focusing on imperiled species with the Alabama Natural Heritage Program, including the eastern indigo snake reintroduction project in the Conecuh National Forest.
Macon County juniors and seniors, some now recent high school graduates took part in an educational service and beautification project. The group worked with Kay Stone from the Auburn University Environmental Institute; as part of her outreach efforts, Stone has created an environmental art program through which she teaches students that a person can be a good steward of the land without being a scientist.
Last Updated: Jan 21, 2011