How to Join Hands on the Land

Hands on the Land is a network of field classrooms designed to connect students, teachers, and families to their public lands. Hands on the Land offers education programs in natural and cultural settings that have been developed collaboratively by public land management agencies, education centers, member sites and schools.

The goal of Hands on the Land is to encourage and support local partnerships between public land management agencies and schools, teachers, and students. To join the Hands on the Land network, partnerships must meet the Field Site Requirements.

Step 1: Review Membership Benefits and Requirements.
Step 2: Subscribe and then proceed to Step 3.
After you login, the Field Site Application will be available at left.
Step 3: Login and complete the Field Site Application.
Step 4: After you have submitted your field site application, have your partner schools fill out the School Application.

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Field Site Information

  • Program photo ready to upload (Photos of students must have received prior permission).
  • Educational Partners – list of schools, other agencies, non-profits, etc.
  • Big Picture – provide the program’s goal or mission (how the program meets agency goals) and then a brief overview of the program itself. Add a brief description of the site’s natural/cultural resources (heritage or place-based), ecosystem type, etc.
  • Program Description – give a more detailed overview of the educational program specific to grade levels served, number of schools or students served, curricular themes, etc. State connections with learning standards, STEM, service learning, etc.
  • Hot Topics – identify any environmental (or cultural/heritage) issues or related themes specific to the site or programs that connect learning with issues confronting 21st century public land and waterways managers.
  • Site Size – description of both general location and size of program field-site area.
  • Tags – targeted key words that may match and link (connect) to other HOL field sites.
Bureau of Land ManagementUS Forest ServiceNational Park ServiceUS Fish and Wildlife ServiceEnvironmental Protection AgencyNational Oceanic & Atmospheric AdministrationDepartment of EducationNational Environmental Education Foundation
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