NHP seeks to "utilize the arts and experience learning to inspire generations to build environmental curiosity, understanding and respect." NHP's vision intersects with SCP Arts' goal of applied, arts-based learning and systems-based problem-solving across disciplines for human and environmental well-being.
The Natural Heritage Project (NHP) seeks to “to utilize the arts and experience learning to inspire generations to build environmental curiosity, understanding and respect” to conserve and restore wildlife and habitats. To advance this goal, NHP creates interactive, experiential curriculum based in STEAM learning objectives that can be integrated into K-12 lessons to conserve and restore wildlife and habitats. Students in Engineering in the P-12 Classroom will develop interactive, engineering design curriculum units that address wildlife restoration, in collaboration with NHP. Students will select a wildlife restoration topic and create a curriculum unit for their topic using the engineering design process. programming, as well as informal education venues.
In collaboration with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) and the Natural Heritage Project (NHP), students will explore people's connections with the Mississippi River. The goal of this project is to engage a diversity of voices to draw out multiple perspectives and connections with the Mississippi River - from personal connections and meanings to ecological, economic, and policy perspectives. Students will collaborate with the MWMO to conduct this research. Additionally, students will collaborate with the Natural Heritage Project to create a River Connections exhibit at the MWMO with art contributions from the public and to translate their research into content for future interactive exhibits for both formal and informal educational settings. Students' collaborative research will inform both the MWMO's and NHP's outreach programs.