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Series VI. Environmental Education, 1970-1991

Scope and Content Notes:

Gail Rockwood was involved in the effort to mandate the teaching of environmental curriculum at the elementary and secondary levels in Pennsylvania. Early champions of environmentalism include the Environmental Education Committee of the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter, of which Rockwood served for a time as chairperson. In 1973, Governor Milton J. Schapp appointed a sixteen member Environmental Education Advisory Council to study environmental education and make further recommendations. The Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter quickly endorsed the advisory council findings. Rockwood was subsequently involved in the Pennsylvania Alliance for Environmental Education (PAEE), formed in 1977 for the purpose of uniting and empowering environmental educators across the state. As chairperson of the CAC, she sustained her commitment for environmental education. This series includes correspondence, reports, and drafts of legislation, as well as newsletters and various samples of environmental education curriculum. Related materials which advocate environmental education on the national level are included, as are environmentally themed coloring books and stories which Rockwood collected. The records span from 1970 to 1991, with a bulk of them created after 1973.

Box 29-30 Environmental Education, 1970-1991