Lincoln Heights Environmental Connections Magnet Program

    In the words of Albert Einstein, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

    Lincoln Heights Environmental Connections Magnet Elementary (LHECME) offers students a rigorous academic experience. Students are engaged in daily instruction across all content areas delivered through the lens of environmental and life sciences. Our students have access to daily, authentic, hands-on opportunities to investigate and connect with life outside the school walls. The innovative curriculum supports students in becoming environmentally literate citizens through development of the following characteristics:

    • Understanding how natural systems and human social systems work and interrelate;
    • Combining this understanding of the environment with personal attitudes and experiences to analyze various facets of environmental issues;
    • Demonstrating the skills necessary to make responsible decisions based on scientific, economic, aesthetic, cultural, and ethical considerations; and
    • Practicing personal and civic responsibility for decisions affecting shared natural resources.

    Students at each grade level will engage in multidisciplinary, project-based learning through completion of Environmental Challenge Inquiry Units taught by Environmental Inquiry (E-Inquiry) teachers. The Environmental Challenge Inquiry Units will focus on four broad themes: 1) living things, 2) earth science/solar system, 3) environmental/community connections, and 4) weather and climate.

    Students will have access to a host of equipment and technology (binoculars, computer-enabled microscopes, interactive technology, sensors for air temperature and pressure, butterfly nets) as well as outdoor learning labs (pollinator garden, food garden, wetlands).

    Our Environmental Connections Magnet Program is enhanced by ongoing partnerships with:

    • NCSU Colleges of Education, Natural Resources, and Agriculture & Life Sciences
    • NC Museum of Natural Sciences
    • NC Department of Environmental Quality/Environmental Education
    • NC Project Learning Tree