Environmental and outdoor learning opportunities available in Arkansas
We are gathering information on outdoor and environmental learning opportunities in Arkansas during the Covid-19 Pandemic. This is what we currently have, and we hope more will come.
If your organization has learning opportunities, please fill in the Google Form below.
- Please complete this short Google Form
- Share the Google Form with other organizations so we can capture as much information as possible
- Share the compiled information (once gathered) for teachers and parents to use
AEEA, the North American Association for Environmental Education, and other EE organizations around the country have gathered information about online learning tools and resources during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are sharing what we gather in hopes that meaningful learning opportunities continue during distance-learning, EE organizations can weather this uncertainty, and we can continue to foster community during physical distancing.
Information is arranged into Federal Stimulus and Advocacy, Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School, Higher Ed, Virtual Field Trips, Professional Development, and eePro Resources.
See below for additional information that could be helpful during this time.
- Virtual Meeting and Videoconferencing Tools
- Internet Access
- Staffing and HR Resources
Virtual Meeting and Videoconferencing Tools
- 10 Tips for Improving Online Meetings
- Making working from Home work for your employees
- A Good Time to Get Good at Virtual Meetings
By Kristen Grimm, president of Spitfire. 12 tips for convening effective virtual meetings.
- Nonprofit Resources for Remote Work During the Covid-19 Outbreak
Published by Tech Soup. Includes options that can be implemented relatively quickly, with little or no external tech support to keep communication flowing and foster collaboration while staff members work remotely.
- Understanding Videoconferencing Tools Available to Your Nonprofit
Published by Tech Soup. Includes a side-by-side comparison of different tools.
- Free video chat platform
- Zoom video tutorials
- More info on Zoom’s efforts to support educators through COVID-19 and additional resources
- Free tools, including video conferencing for schools and educators from Google
Although there are many great virtual learning opportunities available and being developed, not all children or families have access or have limited access to the internet and computers at this time.
Do you know of internet providers allowing free service or unlimited data? If so, please share.
Here is a creative idea from Elkins Public Schools – providing mobile wifi on school buses parked around town. https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/elkins-to-provide-wifi-on-wheels-for-students/527-0aed289d-ef19-45d0-a1ee-becb130b3181?fbclid=IwAR3A8jRzBsY24ycNm8B-lPLmIRyQXzB9NJJmON4ZrRerb9PzHP_aPpRIW2A
Let’s also be creative in ways we can distribute information to our communities other than virtually.
Staffing and HR Resources
- Arkansas Department of Health Guidance for Employers
- Arkansas Economic Development Commission
- Alternatives to Laying Off Employees- Work-Share Program
- ThinkHR Webinar: COVID-19: HR Guidance and Best Practices
Webinar Slides. Click here>>
Webinar Recording. Click here>>
- Ideas for continuing to pay staff:
1. If you have an emergency fund, this is a good time to use it.
2. Reach out to funders and request that program-specific funding be converted to general operations funding given the unique, unexpected circumstances. See example below:
Phone calls, when feasible, with funders are ideal during this time. Reach out quickly and begin the conversation about the unique position we are all in and emphasize the investment they have already made in your programs and organizations. Highlight that we all play roles in helping our communities during this time and there is an immediate need right now to support our staff during this time to not put additional pressure on our already pressured systems right now. Share that this conversation is to explore how to use their investment in your work by shifting priorities to continue to build program and organizational capacity and pay staff for the foreseeable future.