EE Week Frequently Asked Questions

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected EE Week?

NEEF is committed to helping parents and educators following "social distancing" guidelines to slow the spread of this dangerous virus. We are working to release our updated Environmental Education Week (EE Week) resources early, as well as sharing other free, online material from our partners, so that parents and educators will have immediate access.

However, even if you have to stick close to home, there are still many activity guides and citizen science projects available for children of all ages to learn about environmental education and celebrate EE Week. We encourage everyone to share their activities during EE Week, using the #eeweek hashtag so we can include them on our Facebook page and website. By sharing your activities with us, it will also help inspire others and give them ideas for activities to keep kids busy and learning during this challenging time.

EE What?

EE Week. NEEF’s National Environmental Education Week is the nation's largest celebration of environmental education (also known as EE). NEEF partners with educators, students, government agencies, businesses, communities, nonprofit organizations, and others to inspire environmental learning and encourage stewardship of our essential resources: land, air, and water.

What kind of education?

The more we understand about our connection to the environment, the more possibilities we have to influence how those connections impact our health and our planet. That’s where environmental education (EE) comes in. As people understand their relationship to the natural environment—its impact on us and, in turn, our impact on it—they become increasingly aware of how small, individual actions add up to a big difference. EE offers countless opportunities to improve lives, protect the environment, and prepare all Americans to address critical challenges ahead.

When is this happening?

This year, EE Week is happening from April 19-23. EE Week 2020 kicked off on April 20, and ran until April 24.  We debuted a video series of an implementation of a Greening STEM project in Teaneck, New Jersey.  We also added resources to our “Greening STEM” hub, which helps educators use the natural environment and real-world challenges to engage learners and deliver high-quality STEM education. Every year, we distribute educational EE resources, infographics and reading lists.

What goes on during EE Week?

NEEF’s EE Week celebrates the many ways people are engaging with their environment—and inspires more companies, government agencies, nonprofits and community organizations, school systems, and people throughout the country to join the party.

Does Environmental Education (EE) only happen during the last week of April?

No. We celebrate the critical need for and benefit of EE during EE Week, but NEEF and its partners want people to engage in EE every day and in every way. From classrooms to board rooms to parks to research stations—and a host of other places—people are learning about their connection to the environment, understanding more about environmental challenges, and building both the capacity and the will to address these challenges. And they are channeling this knowledge into individual actions that, collectively, are creating a healthier planet and healthier, happier people.

Does EE come with guidelines I need to follow?

EE is not prescriptive. Rather than telling people what to do, EE helps people explore the role the environment plays in our daily lives and determine what the environment needs from us to sustain our lives.

Does NEEF have any EE resources that will help me get started?

Yes! NEEF offers a host of practical, accessible information aimed at ensuring the environment is ever-present in the daily lives of all Americans.  You can find them by accessing the "Resources" button on the Environmental Education Week page.

Sounds great. Where do I sign up?

You can sign up to receive updates on EE Week by visiting the Environmental Education Week page. You can also keep up-to-date on all NEEF happenings, including educational grants, updated resources, and case studies by signing up to receive the NEEF Connect newsletter. Otherwise, we have free resources that are available throughout our site.

NEEF also encourages people to share their EE activities through social media and tagging them with #EEWeek.

If I celebrate EE and share my story, what do I win? 

By celebrating and sharing the simple ways people are exploring and expanding their connections to the environment, you will become part of a community of individuals and organizations dedicated to taking well-informed action on behalf of the environment.

Together, we can use EE to improve lives and build a brighter future for our kids, and our children’s kids. And that is a win for all of us.

How much does this cost?

There is nothing to join and nothing to pay. All NEEF asks is that you find ways to engage in and celebrate EE every day and in every possible way.

Where can I learn more?

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NEEF Programs & Initiatives
EE Week 2020: April 20-24, 2020

National Environmental Education Week

The nation’s largest celebration of environmental education, NEEF's annual EE Week happens at the end of April.
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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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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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