K-12 Education

As a leader in lifelong environmental learning, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is dedicated to cultivating an environmentally conscious and responsible public through environmental education programs and initiatives.  At NEEF, we believe there is much to learn from observing and engaging with the natural world. Our work is guided by our Greening STEM approach, which embraces hands-on, place-based education as a key to better learning outcomes and a deeper sense of environmental stewardship. 

We offer support to educators through:

  • Demonstration projects: On-the-ground projects to help educators adapt and implement Greening STEM into their curriculum with documented student outcomes.
  • Greening STEM Hub: An online collection of case studies, research, and tools to help educators implement the Greening STEM approach.
  • National Environmental Education Week (EE Week): The nation's largest celebration of Environmental Education. Each year, we feature EE success stories, interview prominent personalities, and highlight different learning themes with specialized resources and toolkits for educators. 

To learn more about our full suite of environmental educational programs and initiatives, see the section below. You can also find additional information and resources designed to help you integrate environmental education into your classroom.

NEEF Programs & Initiatives
Outdoor classroom, Greening STEM

Greening STEM Hub

Every classroom has a STEM lab right outside their doors. Our Greening STEM Hub has the resources educators need to engage students with nature.
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EE Week 2020: April 20-24, 2020

National Environmental Education Week

The nation’s largest celebration of environmental education, NEEF's annual EE Week will be held Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24, 2020.
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Climate Superstars

Samsung Climate Superstars

Presented by Samsung, ENERGY STAR®, and NEEF, Climate Superstars is an online environmental challenge to get kids excited about the environment.
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Hands on the Land

Hands on the Land (HOL) is the nation’s largest network of field classrooms on public lands, stretching across America from Alaska to Florida.
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Greening STEM in Action

NEEF partnered with the Teaneck Creek Conservancy, Samsung, and Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Teaneck, New Jersey, to engage 7th-grade students in a water quality monitoring project(link is external) and 8th-grade students in a macroinvertebrate and biomonitoring study at their local watershed. Our video series gives a glimpse into how educators, administrators, and students felt about the project.

Benjamin Franklin Middle School students at Teaneck Creek in New Jersey

NEEF Video Series: Greening STEM in Action

NEEF partnered with the Teaneck Creek Conservancy and Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Teaneck, NJ to engage students at their local watershed.
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Mother helping her daughter with homework

Environmental Education at Home

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NEEF has compiled a list of toolkits and activity guides you can do at home.
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Outdoor classroom

Benefits of Environmental Education

Greening STEM is an ideal way to integrate academic disciplines, stimulate academic and social growth, and promote conservation.
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Kid with cardboard binoculars

Environmental Education Group Games & Activities

NEEF has curated a selection of games based on their suitability in both formal and non-formal situations and their educational value.
Have Some Fun
Ecologist at a riverbank

Environmental Educator Resources

Check out these resources tailored for educators, citizen scientists, and more!
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Beautiful Asia Woman Taking Photo For Rose

Citizen Science

No matter your age, citizen science offers a chance for everyone to get involved and contribute to the wealth of information we know about our planet.
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Kid with plant in class

EE in Action

Interviews with EE personalities and stories about students, teachers, and professionals using the Greening STEM approach in their everyday lives.
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