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Extension report Amy R.B. Rager Regional Extension Educator, Environmental Science Yellow Medicine County Clarkfield, MN 56223 324)/669-4471 MINNESOTA REPORT CARD ON ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY Minnesota, like all other states and countries are facing important environmental issues in the 21st Century. In order for Minnesotans to be able to ...... solve theses issues it is :! :{iii:, important that .... the citizens be i! :*:: environmentally .................. literate. A recent survey that was ? :::: conducted by the Wilder Research Center compared Minnesota adults to Pennsylvania residents and United States citizens in area of knowledge about, attitudes toward, and behaviors related to the environment. It is envisioned that this survey and report card will become long-term projects, enabling trends in environmental knowledge, attitudes and behavior to be tracked. To - collect data about environmental knowledge, adult Minnesota residents were asked two sets of questions -- general environmental knowledge and knowledge of urban sprawl issues -- to determine what they actually know about the environment. Almost 65% of Minnesota adults believe that they are knowledgeable about environmental issues and problems, yet only 36% of the state&apos;s adults have" an above average knowledge about the environment, answering correctly five or more of the eight general environmental knowledge questions. Only 10% of those surveyed received an "A" grade . by answering seven to eight questions correctly. The survey asked Minnesotans where they get their environmental information and Responses included: Television, newspapers, environmental learning centers (ELC'S) and environmental groups. Thirty six percent of the respondents report using the Internet to access environmental information. Sixty eight percent of Minnesotans rely on their own training or education for information. It is interesting to note that in the midst of this mass media, Minnesota adults use ELC's as a source of environmental information. This may be the result of Minnesota's network of high quality residential environmental centers, nature centers, state and metro parks, museums, and ZOOS. The Majority of Minnesotans (90%) want schools to provide environmental education. Over 52% EIGHT GRADE GYMNASTIC COMPETITOR, Ashley Henrich placed in all five events at the tri- angular meet in Milbank on December 19. I Markets III IIII I I No. 1 Wheat ...................... 3.81 Soybeans ............................ 5.36 Corn ................................... 2.12 of Minnesota adults believe that environmental education should be financed through a special state fund created specifically for this educational activity. This support is not surprising given the interest of residents in providing quality education to the state's children and not significantly different from the Pennsylvania and national surveys. Given that afrnost half the adults in the state (46%) have a less-than- average general knowledge about the environment, the fact that 68% of Minnesotans rely on their own training or education for information may not be beneficial to solving environmental issues or encouraging environmental behaviors. If residents are to rely on their own education and be able to critically analyze information and its sources, as well as become involved in solving environmental issues, it is essential that opportunities are provided for people to receive environmental education in various settings during their K-12 education experience and throughout their lifetimes. Agencies and institutions may want to consider increasing and focusing outreach to students and adults to provide these opportunities. The University of Minnesota Extension Service is working to help improve the quality of environmental education delivered to K-12 students in Minnesota by working \\;vith teachers, non-formal educators and Natural Resource professionals throughout the state. Amy Rager is an educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Service in the Environmental Science area serving the West Central District that includes Big Stone County. Coming events OAHS Auxiliary will meet Snowmobile trng classes in Appleton The Appleton Ridge Runners '+,+ill be holding an adult snowmobile training class Tuesday, Jan. 7. Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1976. mus,t have a snowmobile certificate to operate a snowmobile, The cla,s<s, for those ae 16 and above, will b',4ld from 6"to 10 p,m. at the Appleton Eentary School. Pre-registration is preferred bu' not necessary to attend the class. T( pre-register, or for more information Wednesday, Jan, 8th at 10 a.m. at contact Tim Welling, 289-2712. Northridge. 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