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Bioregional + Education Curricula and Essays:

Various  educational curricula, reports, and writings are posted throughout this website. Here is an index to easily locate them.

Projects, Workshops, & Presentations

  • Green City Project Eco-Art Contest (a photo essay) was celebrated at SOMAR Gallery on March 21, 1999. Thirteen Middle and High Schools in San Francisco participated in a series of workshops and then submitted over 75 eco-art and recycled art entries. The Eco-Art Education + Action outreach program and gallery exhibit was coordinated and curated by Green City Project’s Eco-Art specialist, Julianne Skai Arbor, M.A., M.S. (Green City Project was a Project of Planet Drum Foundation.)
 
  • Peter Berg has been doing Bioregional Workshops for more than 25 years in presentations at universities, community groups, and bioregional gatherings in Europe, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Canada, South America, the USA from New England to Alaska and Michigan to Florida. An outline for these workshops was published in the book, Discovering Your Life-Place.  Planet Drum has continued doing workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area. During 2007 they were led by Chrystal Schreck and Paul Belz. Click here for a description of these 2011 Workshops which will be led by Peter Berg.. 

  • Educational links from Planet Drum's Resources Page
         Axe Handle Academy
         Chrysalis Charter School  

      Ecuador Bioregional Education Program (BEP)

A Brief History of the BEP in Ecuador

(click hyperlinks to read reports)
  • Kristin Ford 2002: It became clear from the first visits, in 1999, to Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador that education should be an essential component to our work there. Although some work with the local youth was done earlier, our first volunteer dedicated to establishing some bioregional education classes was done in 2002 by Kristin Ford. Her reports cover from October through early November 2002, and cover her forays finding schools to work with and her experiences learning from her "students". 
  • Peter Berg and Elise Braaten 2004: They collaborated on a neighborhood oriented educational curriculum, ECO-CIUDAD COMMUNITY BIOREGIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM, to develop and carry out a bioregional education program for children and adults. It became the outline for Planet Drum Foundation's educational after-school programs in Bahia de Caraquez.

  • Kristen Lansdale 2005: Came to Bahia in April to head our new Bioregional Education Program. She stayed six months and wrote 14 Reports. Her Reports appear mixed in with the Field Manager's Reports. Click here for all the 2005 Reports. These are links to each of Kristin's Reports:  Report #7, #9, #11, #13, #15, #17, #20, #22, #24, #26, #28, #30, #32, #40

  • Valentina Caminati and Ramon Cedeno Loor 2006: During June, July and August Valentina Caminati led the Bioregional Education classes with local high schoolers.  In September 2006 Valentina  returned to her home in  Italy, and Ramon Cedeno Loor became the new Bioregional Education Manager. Ramon is a teacher and has been volunteering with Planet Drum for several months. He  lives in  the Maria Auxiliadora neighborhood. Valentina sent seven reports. The direct links to them are: Report #22, #23, #25, #27, #29, #31, and #34.

  • Ramon Cedeno Loor 2007: Ramon became the  Bioregional Education Manager in late 2006 and completed the 2006 Introductory classes in early 2007.  He lives in the Maria Auxiliadora neighborhood of Bahia and is a teacher.  In May of 2007 Ramon began a new series of Introductory classes, and in October he initiated an Advanced class. During 2007 he sent 21 reports—3 for the 2006 Introductory series final classes, 10 for the new Introductory classes and 8 for the Advanced Bioregional Education classes. (The school year in Ecuador runs from May/June until September, and then again from October until January. From late January to late May there are no classes.) The reports were translated from  Spanish by Clay Plager-Unger, Planet Drum's Field Projects Manager. Click here for the index page for all the 2007 Bioregional Education Reports. The  Introductory class reports are Jan 10-July 18 and July 25-Sept 21  and the Advanced class reports are Oct.3-12, Oct.17-26, Nov. 7-16, Nov. 21-31

  • Ramon Cedeno Loor 2008:  Ramon used several of the students from the 2007 Advanced class as "Assistants" for the 2008 Introductory class. (The school year in Ecuador runs from May/June until September, and then again from October until January. From late January to late May there are no classes.) He taught a "Summer Session" Introductory class from April 30-July 26 and sent 12 Reports. Click here for the index page for 2008 Bioregional Education Reports.

  • During 2009 the Bioregional Education Project (BEP) in Bahia continued and  received a grant from Children of Ecuador and was able expand the classes to three school with three teachers-- Ramon Cedeño Loor, Fabiola Coello, and Paola Divito-- each with a student assistant.  Click here for the 2009 Bioregional Education Reports

  • Due to high interest in the program, in 2010 the classes have been expanded from 15 to 20 students. This year there are three teachers: Ramon Cedeño, the BEP director, and two new teachers, as well as three class assistants (15-17 year old former BEP students who have remained with the program). The two new teachers are Nadine Flexhaug and the other is Margarita Plager-Unger. Each teacher and class assistant pair will have a group of students for the duration of the program. Click here for the 2010 Bioregional Education Reports.

  • There were three classes in 2011. They began in May and the teachers were: Ramon Cedeño, the BEP director; Margarita Avila Napa, a professor from last year; and a new professor, David Mera, a natural sciences teacher from Fanny de Baird high school. The three new class assistants were Noemi and Luis, two students from last year and and an assistant teacher from Genesis school. This year the schools participating were the girls school Juan Pio Montúfar, Genesis high school, and the national high school Fanny de Baird, with whom we worked previous years. Click here for the 2011 Bioregional Education Reports

Ecuador Bioregional Sustainability Institute (BSI) and
Study-Abroad Program

  • A School to Retrieve the Future is an essay by Peter Berg describing the Bioregional Institute which has just been initiated in Bahia de Caraquez--the vision behind the Institute and it's curriculum.

  • A call for students to attend the BSI, including curriculum.

  • Planet Drum has a study-abroad program available to college students and their teachers. Courses can be tailored to the needs and schedules of
    the educational institution and its students. Programs can range in
    length from 3 to 12 weeks. Click here for a flyer describing the program. For more detailed information, please contact Clay Plager-Unger, Planet Drum’s Ecuador Program Director at: planetdrumecuador@yahoo.com.

  • In 2012 a group of fourteen University of Oregon (UO) students traveled to Bahía de Caráquez on a three week, study-abroad program titled “Building Bioregional Communities.” The program combined multiple aspects of PD’s ecological restoration work from revegetation, sustainable land use, and bioregional education, to community outreach and ancient-culture practices. It marked the first time that students received university course credit for participating with Planet Drum. Click here for an overview of the Program and Here for Clay's Report about it.  A student's description of his experience was sent in early 2013.