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The Benefits of EE for K-12 Students

What is the capacity for environmental education to contribute to a more sustainable planet and society? Why is EE a meaningful complement to standard education? How do we demonstrate the evidence-based outcomes of EE without letting go of the passion and fervor that breathes energy and life into the field? eeWORKS is a project that seeks to answer these critical questions.

Guided by an expert advisory board, NAAEE is partnering with Stanford University and other organizations to demonstrate the impact and value of environmental education. We are conducting comprehensive literature reviews that demonstrate the impact of EE on key environmental and social outcomes and translating our findings into communication tools to benefit the field. In short, we are substantiating powerful anecdotes from across the field with empirical evidence.

We are working with Spitfire Strategies to design and deliver communication tools and strategies that EE professionals can use to bolster support and increase investments in EE.

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To narrow our focus, we are conducting comprehensive research reviews and producing communications tools for several priority outcome areas. These key outcome areas were identified based on the published literature and the interests of key stakeholders, such as educators, environmental organizations, policymakers, and funders. Check out our current research and communication focus areas below.

Completed Research & Tools

The Benefits of Environmental Education for K-12 Students

Outcome area: K-12 Students. How can and does EE contribute to outcomes for K-12 students, in terms of increased knowledge, critical thinking skills, civic engagement, and other outcomes of interest in EE?

Research effort & result: Analysis of 119 peer-reviewed studies published over a 20-year period

Research/Communications team: Stanford University (research); NAAEE (communications)

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Identifying Effective Climate Change Education Strategies

Outcome area: Climate Change. What educational strategies help create effective education to address climate change? What is the role of outreach in helping communities (with a focus on adults) adapt to climate change?

Research effort & result: Analysis of 49 studies focused on assessments of climate change education interventions

Research/Communications team: University of Florida (research); NAAEE (communications)

eeWORKS Research in Progress

The Benefits of EE and Nature Connections in Early Childhood

Outcome area: Connecting People to Nature. What is the role of EE in early childhood development and connectedness to nature? How does nature connection influence health, stewardship, creativity, and other areas of human and societal development?

Research/Communications team: Stanford University (research); NAAEE (communications)

The Impact of EE on Conservation and Environmental Quality

Outcome area: Conservation and Environmental Quality. How does EE lead to conservation outcomes, and how does EE influence the quality of the environment?

Research/Communications team: Stanford University (research); NAAEE (communications)

eeWORKS Advisory Council 

Janet Ady (Bureau of Land Management), Dr. Nicole Ardoin (Stanford University), Dr. Heidi Ballard (University of California, Davis), Sarah Bodor (NAAEE), Alison Bowers (Virginia Tech University and Stanford University), Judy Braus (NAAEE), Drew Burnett (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), Dr. Charlotte Clarke (Duke University), Emilian Geczi (Natural Start Alliance), Dr. Joe Heimlich (Ohio State University and COSI), Dr. Cathy Jordan (Children and Nature Network), Alex Kudryavstev (EECapacity), Kristen Kunkle (NAAEE), Dr. Jose (Pepe) Marcos-Iga (Western National Parks Association), Heidi McAllister (U.S. Forest Service), Christy Merrick (Natural Start Alliance), Sarah Milligan-Toffler (Children and Nature Network), Dr. Martha Monroe (University of Florida), Ginger Potter (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Dr. Alan Reid (Monash University), Dr. Bora Simmons (University of Oregon), Andrea Stein (Roger Williams Park Zoo), Dr. Marc Stern (Virginia Tech University), Noelle Wyman-Roth (Duke University)

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