The North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE)'s third status report on the development and implementation of Environmental Literacy Plans (ELPs). ELPSs are state-specific comprehensive frameworks that support school systems in expanding and improving environmental education programs.
Produced in partnership by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), this guide covers the how and why of advocating for outdoor learning spaces during the fall of 2020 and throughout 2021.
This toolkit, created by leaders from the NAAEE and Affiliate teams, aims to provide support for environmental education providers as they work to increase equitable access to a spectrum of educational experiences that support environmental literacy, healthy communities, a healthy environment, and racial and social justice.
The International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education (IJECEE) is a peer-reviewed open-access electronic journal promoting early childhood environmental education for global readership and action. IJECEE publishes scholarly written work, anonymously and expertly reviewed by peers, that focuses on book reviews, educational approaches, evaluation models, program descriptions, research investigations, and theoretical perspectives pertinent to the education of all young children (birth to eight years). The young children’s caregivers and the communities, institutions and systems, in which the children live, too, are a focus of importance. The content of the publication addresses all aspects of environmental education as well as all reciprocal associations and impacts embedded within the environmental education experience. Implications for policy at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels are sought.
Teaching EE college courses or professional development workshops online? Here's a resource for you. The Professional Development of Environmental Educators: Guidelines for Excellence Online Module provides lesson plans, videos/PowerPoint presentations, and handouts ready for you to use in your college course or professional development workshop. It provides a step-by-step introduction to NAAEE's Professional Development of Environmental Educators: Guidelines for Excellence. The module begins with a general welcome session, and then moves into an investigation of the six Guidelines Themes. Finally, participants complete a Self-Assessment and create their own professional development plan.
REVIEW DRAFT of Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence AVAILABLE NOW FOR REVIEW.
We need your help and input!!! The Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence were first published in 1996 and have been updated about every five years since then. We are in the process of revising these guidelines once again. The process is iterative. Our writing team developed the current draft. We invite you to review this draft and provide comments that will be used in the revision process.
This set of guidelines describes recommendations for developing and selecting environmental education instructional resources. They aim to help producers of activity guides, lesson plans, and other instructional materials create high quality products and to provide educators with a tool to evaluate the wide array of available environmental education materials.
Are you interested in assessing and enhancing the connections your audiences have to nature? The Practitioner Guide to Assessing Connection to Nature provides practitioners, organizations, researchers, and others with tested tools for measuring connections to nature. The guide provides information to help you choose an appropriate tool or approach for your needs, specific to your audience and their experiences, to assess connection to nature. Available as a free PDF or purchase a hard copy: Members $15 / Nonmembers $20.
The Promise of Civic Engagement in Environmental Issues is a draft, discussion paper. Through this paper, NAAEE and its partners are seeking a deeper understanding of how environmental education can support and complement initiatives that are geared more broadly toward educating for civic agency, capacity, and participation. Articulating environmental education’s role in civic learning and engagement requires an examination of how environmental education practices intersect with and complement civic education. Similarly, articulating civic education’s role in engaging learners around environmental concerns requires an examination of how civic education practices intersect with and complement environmental education. Descriptions of audiences, instructional methods, and a proposed learning framework are all presented. The paper results from discussions held at the Learning from Each Other: Connecting Civic Engagement and Environmental Education Research Exchange cosponsored by the North American Association for Environmental Education and Kettering Foundation.
We welcome your comments and thoughts on how to improve the paper. We envision this as part of an on-going discussion of practice for both environmental educators and civic educators.
Are you taking your college coursework and workshops online? Here's a resource for you. The K-12 EE Guidelines: Online Teaching Module provides lesson plans, videos/PowerPoint presentations, and handouts ready for you to use on your college course or professional development workshop. It provides a step-by-step introduction to NAAEE's K-12 Environmental Education: Guidelines for Excellence. The module begins with a general welcome session, and then moves into an investigation of environmental literacy and the K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines. Finally, participants complete an Environmental Literacy Self-Assessment and create their own professional development plan.
As the first resource to fully address the unique practices of nature-based early childhood education, the "Nature-Based Preschool Professional Practice Guidebook" is an essential component of any nature-based educator’s toolkit. The Guidebook provides a comprehensive look at nature-based practices in four broad areas: Teaching, Environments, Safety, and Administration, and aims to answer the question: What makes a nature-based preschool safe, effective, and inclusive?