Requirements & Evaluation
Program Requirements

ECO-ACT Participant leads fourth-graders on a field tripFor ECO-ACT to reach a wider audience and to have greater impact, the Missouri Botanical Garden is interested in expanding the program to include additional high schools.

Participating schools must commit to providing the necessary support for high school students to succeed in the program. This support includes provision of the following:

  • Teacher to serve as a resource person for the participants and as liaison with the ECO-ACT staff at the Missouri Botanical Garden;
  • Designated class time, preferably during the last period of the school day, for teaching in the elementary school once each week. This time, on non-teaching days, is to be used for work on projects and planning lessons;
  • Financial support of ECO-ACT program resources, which include training, materials, and evaluation of participants.

ECO-ACT program participants must commit to upholding the following responsibilities:

Summer Sessions:

Week 1: Overnight and Urban Adventure at Missouri Botanical Garden
Week 2: Field Study and Canoe Trip

Develop leadership skills, build the ECO-ACT team, and prepare for teaching during the school year.

School Year:

ECO-ACT will sponsor ten workshops at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Workshops focus on teaching skills and classroom activities. Students may attend either Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons from 3:30–6:30 p.m.

Teaching elementary school students:
ECO-ACT students generally have their last period of the school day scheduled for ECO-ACT in order to plan lessons with teammates and to teach once or twice weekly in a nearby elementary school.

Environmental Project:
ECO-ACT students will design and produce an environmental project dealing with a St. Louis area environmental issue.

Field trips:
Students will need to be excused from school to lead elementary classes on two all day field trips, one in the fall and one in the spring.

Overnight outings:
ECO-ACT will sponsor six overnight outings during the school year. Each student participates in one outing per semester, which may include such activities as backpacking, rock climbing and caving.


ECO-Act participant journaling.The success of ECO-ACT is defined by the skills and knowledge students gain through their participation in the program, as well as attitudinal change.

During the school year, high school students complete homework assignments (lesson plan synopses, curriculum evaluations, environmental issue analyses), environmental projects reviewed by staff and peers, and are evaluated as they teach in their fourth grade classrooms. These assignments, combined with participation in workshops and outings, are applied toward the students’ grade for the ECO-ACT class for which they receive course credit through their respective high schools.

Summative evaluations are given to ECO-ACT participants as well as their cooperating teachers and fourth grade students to assess the success and outcomes of the program at all levels. High school students also complete a pre- and post- participation survey on environmental, diversity, and self-awareness. Evaluation and survey results are utilized for planning and development of the next year’s program.

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