About eePRO Groups

Which topics in environmental education interest you the most?  Climate change? Conservation? Diversity and inclusion? Green schools? Advocacy? Sustainable communities? The “Groups” section of eePRO is the place for connecting and sharing information with professionals from around the world who are interested in the areas of EE you care about.

Groups include audience-specific topics (early childhood, K-12, higher education, affiliates), theme-based topics (diversity and inclusion, conservation and behavior change, research and evaluation) and initiatives (advocacy, guidelines for excellence).  By joining one or more eePRO Groups, you can share trends, insights, resources, teaching materials, learning opportunities, research results, and jobs in one location. And you can help create vibrant professional learning networks to advance the field—building on what NAAEE has been doing for more than four decades.

Current eePRO Groups include:

EE Central
Adult Education
Advocacy
Affiliates
Climate Change Education
Conservation and Behavior Change
Early Childhood Environmental Education
Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
EE in Urban Settings
Green Schools
Guidelines for Excellence
Higher Education
Research and Evaluation
Sustainable Communities

EE Central

EE Central hosts general discussions about environmental education and NAAEE's work, including the NAAEE annual conference. It also connects to NAAEE’s Facebook page.

Adult Education

The Adult Education Group focuses on how we can use EE as a tool to engage adults in pro-environmental learning and behaviors. Whether it be through citizen science activities, workshops, special events, employee training, or connecting adults to nature, this group is open to anyone who works to educate adults in both formal and nonformal settings.

Advocacy

The Advocacy Group works to strengthen EE by working with decision makers at all levels to fund and support EE—from mayors to school boards to nonprofit leaders to congressional representatives. By joining this group, you will automatically be connected to NAAEE’s Action Network, which works to support EE-friendly state and national initiatives, such as the National Environmental Education Act, the No Child Left Inside Coalition, the state Environmental Literacy Plans (ELPs), NOAA’s B-WET programs, and more.

Affiliates

The Affiliates Group provides a forum for ongoing dialogue and activities of the NAAEE Affiliate Network that works to enhance EE capacity at all levels. Members and staff of the Affiliates are invited to share resources, knowledge, and strategies as we all work to create a stronger and more unified field.

Climate Change Education

The Climate Change Education Group focuses on the challenges and opportunities facing educators who are addressing climate change--from how environmental education can address the impacts of climate in stressed communities to which resources and strategies are most effective for specific audiences. This group will also link to other active forums on climate change and education. 

Conservation and Behavior Change

The Conservation and Behavior Change Group focuses on sharing strategies, success stories, and challenges around education efforts involving the conservation of natural resources. Participants can also share resources about how to encourage pro-environmental behavior, including case studies, journal articles, and effective curricula.

Early Childhood Environmental Education

NAAEE has been working to integrate environmental education into early childhood for more than three decades. This Group will link to NAAEE’s Natural Start Alliance, which is all about creating a learning and sharing network for those who care about connecting young people to nature and using environmental education to give our earliest learners the best start.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

NAAEE embraces the principles and practices of diversity, equity and inclusion not only because of underlying moral imperatives. Diversity, equity and inclusion are mission-critical drivers of our strategy and our collective identity. This group opens the floor to discuss these issues—from respecting the differences among people of all backgrounds and beliefs to how to make NAAEE and the field of environmental education more relevant and inclusive to how to leverage population diversity to accelerate environmental literacy.

EE in Urban Settings

Globally, more than half the world’s population lives in urban areas. The Urban EE Group is focused on research, techniques, and strategies for how environmental education can help create healthier and more sustainable communities through education.

Green Schools

Through the Green Schools group, members discuss current trends in the K-12 education, including community partnerships that enhance efforts to create “green schools”, as well as successful strategies for integrating EE into school curriculum, how EE can be a platform for STEM, connecting EE with the Next Generation Science or Common Core Standards, service learning, and new trends in education. Whether you’re an administrator or teacher, or work at an organization that supports green schools, this group enables you to learn and connect with others involved in the Green Schools movement.

Guidelines for Excellence

The National Project for Excellence is a series of guidelines that focus on best practice in the field of EE. This group will focus on these guidelines and how they are designed to help educators create meaningful, high quality, scientifically accurate environmental education programs that nurture environmental literacy.

Higher Education

The Higher Education Group focuses on EE topics related to colleges and universities. Issues include NAAEE accreditation of university teacher training programs, greening curricula and campus operations, research, and sustainability offerings.

Research and Evaluation

The Research and Evaluation Group keeps members updated on current opportunities and trends in EE research, while also advancing the use of research and evaluation as tools for EE. This Group includes updates on the annual Research Symposium, the largest gathering of EE researchers from around the world to discuss research in progress and new learnings.

Sustainable Communities

The Sustainable Communities Group focuses on the role of education in creating more sustainable communities and building on the three legs of the stool:  environmental integrity, shared prosperity, and social equity in urban, suburban, and rural settings. Topics focus on key social and community issues, including sustainable agriculture, exposure to toxins, healthy communities, and link between EE and community well-being, poverty, and jobs.