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Place-based Learning for the Plate

Hunting, Foraging and Fishing for Food

  • Joel B. Pontius
  • Michael P. Mueller
  • David Greenwood


  • Explores a Broad Spectrum of Educational Landscapes

  • Highlights the Importance of Ecological Awareness

  • Brings Together Students Experiences in Place-Specific Learning


Part of the Environmental Discourses in Science Education book series (EDSE, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Joel B. Pontius
    Pages 25-36
  3. Abbie Gascho Landis, Andrew Gascho Landis
    Pages 37-53
  4. Alison Laurie Neilson, Rita São Marcos
    Pages 87-104
  5. James Farmer
    Pages 105-112
  6. Jonathon W. Schramm
    Pages 133-139
  7. Alun Morgan, Emma Sheehan, Adam Rees, Amy Cartwright
    Pages 141-167
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 199-201

About this book


This edited volume explores 21st century stories of hunting, foraging, and fishing for food as unique forms of place-based learning. Through the authors’ narratives, it reveals complex social and ecological relationships while readers sample the flavors of foraging in Portland, Oregon; feel some of what it’s like to grow up hunting and gathering as a person of Oglala Lakota and Shoshone-Bannock descent; track the immersive process of learning to communicate with rocky mountain elk; encounter a road-killed deer as a spontaneous source of local meat, and more.

Other topics in the collection connect place, food, and learning to issues of identity, activism, spirituality, food movements, conservation, traditional and elder knowledge, and the ethics related to eating the more-than-human world. This volume will bring lively discussion to courses on place-based learning, food studies, environmental education, outdoor recreation, experiential education, holistic learning, human dimensions of natural resource management, sustainability, food systems, environmental ethics, and others. 


environmental education environmental studies ecological awareness ecological consciousness natural history education teaching environmental ethics indigenous thought symbolism and storytelling conserving ecosystem karen people traditional ecological knowledge

Editors and affiliations

  • Joel B. Pontius
    • 1
  • Michael P. Mueller
    • 2
  • David Greenwood
    • 3
  1. 1.Sustainability and Environmental Education DepartmentGoshen CollegeGoshenUSA
  2. 2.College of EducationUniversity of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageUSA
  3. 3.Lakehead UniversityThunder BayCanada

About the editors

Joel Pontius, PhD, is a sustainability and environmental education professor at Goshen College’s Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center where he directs the Sustainability Leadership Semester. His writing, teaching, and advocacy are informed by practices of foraging, gleaning, hunting, and fishing for food.

Michael Mueller, PhD, is a professor of secondary education with expertise in environmental and science education in the College of Education at University of Alaska, Anchorage. His philosophy focuses on how privileged cultural thinking frames our relationships with others, including nonhuman species and physical environments. He is the co-Editor-in-Chief of Cultural Studies of Science Education.

David Greenwood, PhD, is Professor and Canada Research Chair of Environmental Education at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. His scholarship, teaching, and activism revolve around place-based, environmental, sustainability, and holistic education. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Place-based Learning for the Plate
  • Book Subtitle Hunting, Foraging and Fishing for Food
  • Editors Joel B. Pontius
    Michael P. Mueller
    David Greenwood
  • Series Title Environmental Discourses in Science Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title EnvDiscourses Science Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-42813-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-42816-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-42814-3
  • Series ISSN 2352-7307
  • Series E-ISSN 2352-7315
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 201
  • Number of Illustrations 97 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Environmental and Sustainability Education
    Science Education
    Cultural History
    Learning & Instruction
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