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.  If you have other questions or are interested in collaborating, please contact our team.

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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Teacher holding a seedling in glass jar while teaching young students in a garden

National Environmental Education Week

EE Week has changed, but our dedication to providing resources and support for EE has not. Sign up for our EE in Focus Newsletter and stay connected.
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Climate Superstars Students smiling in different locations

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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Greening STEM in Action
Central High School students rafting down the Colorado River as part of GreeningSTEM project

NEEF Video Series: Greening STEM in Action Colorado

NEEF partnered with the Bureau of Land Management and the Colorado Canyon Association for a Greening STEM project along the Colorado River.
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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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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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Ecologist at a riverbank

Environmental Educator Resources

Check out these resources tailored for educators, citizen scientists, and more!
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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.
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EE and the Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards emphasize the development of skills students will need in for the future.
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EE and the Common Core Standards

The Common Core State Standards aim to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn.
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Chapter covers of the Environmental Literacy Report 2015

The Environmental Literacy Report

Environmental educators have an unprecedented opportunity to create a more environmentally literate citizenry.
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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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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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