Environmental Education Guidelines for Community Engagement: An Invitation to Participate

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) has embarked on an exciting venture and we would like to ask for your assistance.  NAAEE is developing a sixth set of guidelines as part of the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education

Environmental Education Guidelines for Community Engagement (or “Community Engagement Guidelines” for short) is being written for environmental educators working in all communities—from sparsely populated rural communities to more densely populated urban areas. It includes ideas for how to get to “know” a community, and how to keep your focus on environmental quality, but also link your work to community wellbeing and issues that your partners care deeply about. It includes ideas about how to work better together, and how to measure your impact.

Environmental Education Guidelines for Community Engagement points out five key characteristics of environmental education in communities. For each characteristic, guidelines are listed for program developers and educators to consider. When fully developed, the guidelines will include an introduction, a set of key characteristics and guidelines, examples/case studies, references, and a glossary of terms. We are also developing an associated Toolkit which includes detailed explanations and resources related to various topics of importance to environmental education and community engagement. 

This, and future drafts, will be submitted to the environmental education community for review and comment. The process of developing Environmental Education Guidelines for Community Engagement is iterative.  We invite you to review this second draft and provide comments that will be used in the revision process.

If you would like to participate in the development of these Guidelines, please:

Download and review the draft,
Download and complete the response form, and
Email your comments to by July 15, 2016  


If you would rather, feel free to use track changes or embed your comments in the document (please use a contrasting color so your comments can be found easily).

Feel free to let others know about the opportunity to comment.

Thank you in advance for your work.  Your participation is essential to the process.