"This Is More Like Home": Knowing Nature through Community Mapping
AbstractPlace-based environmental education is a pedagogy that infuses environmental education across disciplines in a way that is relevant and meaningful to students. One collaborative approach to place-based environmental education, community mapping, explores and represents local knowledge, visions held by community members, and relationships between spatial, physical, personal, and cultural elements of place. This paper shares a community mapping project done by a British Columbian grade four class and, drawing from Knappâ€™s (2005) ten ways of knowing nature, discusses how students came to know nature through observing, situated knowing, identifying, restoring, and transforming. Its findings encourage the inclusion of community mapping in place-based environmental education curriculum and instruction and illuminate the value of the products and process of community mapping.