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Environmental Studies

SOIL believes that environmental studies engage students with the biggest problem of the modern age—global climate change and its threat to planetary sustainability. An education in this field helps students assess their own values and explore sustainable solutions. Beyond personal growth, a sensitive and creative approach to the environment yields opportunities for employment with government agencies, universities, and private companies of all sizes.

SOIL approaches environmental studies through teaching whole-life skills with immediate application in the real world—organic food production, regenerative systems, and community living. Through our unique partnership with Earthaven Ecovillage, students gain firsthand experience with sustainable culture and systems thinking, not just theory or classroom learning.

SOIL, in partnership with Gaia Education, offers certificates in Ecovillage Design Education upon completion of all requirements for the Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion. These certificates verify that students have received extensive training in the sustainable design of human settlements and organizations. Gaia Education’s flagship curriculum, the Ecovillage Design Curriculum, and certified programs taking place in 34 countries are an official contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

SOIL offers Environmental Studies through Whole-Life Skills

SOIL's Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion is a residential service-learning program where students participate firsthand in the village, homes, farms, and businesses of their hosts and faculty. Through work and study, participants become intimately familiar with organic food production, regenerative systems, and community living. Read more about the program or contact SOIL today for more information.

Read more about SOIL and our programs:

Permaculture Design Course
Photo Tour of Earthaven Ecovillage
Earthaven Experience Week
SOIL Instructors
Mission and Vision


Check out Reaching Nature Connection

Join SOIL for this weekend exploration of how to incorporate nature into early childhood education. The conference is designed for beginners and experienced educators alike, as well as therapists, administrators, homeschool families, camp counselors, grandparents, and parents who have an interest in developmentally appropriate nature mentoring for children.

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