K-12 Community Mapmaking - a Path to Instilling a Stewardship Ethic

Authors: Janet Felsten*, Baltimore Green Map
Topics: Human-Environment Geography, Geography Education, Environmental Perception
Keywords: Mapmaking, Geo-Inquiry, place-based learning, Green Map icons, stewardship
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Presentation File: Download


The Green Map Your Community (GMYC) program grows civic awareness through mapmaking activities. GMYC amplifies student voice using design process and diverse media tools to communicate students' perspective on local assets, issues, and opportunities. We use the Green Map international Icon vocabulary to spark observations. Through memory mapping, field trips, interviews and research, students compile information and identify specific actions that help improve their communities. They learn more about the decision-making power structure, neighborhood activism, and civic organizations. The poster displays a decade's overview of the methodology, products generated, and benefits of this program created by non-profit Baltimore Green Map. GMYC is attuned to the National Geographic Learning Framework, the C-3 Social Studies Framework, the Maryland Green Schools Certification Program, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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