Guidelines for Excellence: Best Practice in EE

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Guidelines for Excellence Join the conversation in the eePRO Guidelines for Excellence group.

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The National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education, initiated by NAAEE in 1994, has developed a series of guidelines that set the standards for high-quality environmental education. Each of these publications was developed by a diverse team of professionals, and each has gone through a substantive review by thousands of professionals prior to its publication.

Through the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education, NAAEE is taking the lead in establishing guidelines for the development of balanced, scientifically accurate, and comprehensive environmental education programs and materials. Quality environmental education programs help develop an environmentally literate citizenry that can compete in our global economy; has the skills, knowledge, and inclinations to make well-informed choices; and exercises the rights and responsibilities of members of a community.

The latest versions of printed materials in the Guidelines for Excellence series are available as free downloadable PDFs or you may purchase bound copies.

The National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education received funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through ee360, the Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP) and EECapacity, plus the U.S. Forest Service, the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, University of Oregon, Northern Illinois University, and World Wildlife Fund.

Learn how to get started on creating professional development workshops with these resources focused on each of the five Guidelines for Excellence publications.

The Guidelines Trainers' Bureau consists of environmental educators who are prepared to give presentations to a variety of audiences on the Guidelines and how they can be used. Training materials are available.

How can your organization promote quality environmental education? Adopt the Guidelines! Learn how to apply the Guidelines to your work, improve the quality of environmental education practice, and build credibility for the field.

Get aquainted with each of the Guidelines for Excellence publications through this collection of webinar recordings with accompanying PowerPoint presentations.



Empowering Climate Change Action: Guidelines for...

September 13, 2022

NAAEE is in the early stages of developing a set of guidelines focusing on climate change education...


Outdoor Learning Collaboratory

August 17, 2022

What makes an effective outdoor learning experience? Join the Environmental Education Alliance of...

Moderator Endorsed: Guidelines for Excellence

Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for...

April 4, 2022

Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence comprises a set of recommendations for...


STEM and the Guidelines

March 28, 2022

Environmental Education and STEM education are both educational approaches meant to create a...

Moderator Endorsed: Guidelines for Excellence
Moderator Endorsed: Guidelines for Excellence

NEWLY REVISED! Environmental Education Materials...

February 25, 2021

Do you develop instructional materials such as activity guides? Do you find yourself wondering if a...


The Compass to Nature: Teaching in the Outdoor...

February 12, 2021

Wednesdays on June 9 - July 21, 2021 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST. Length: 2 hours each date. This...