EE Week Frequently Asked Questions

EE What?
What kind of education?
When is this happening?
What goes on during EE Week?
Does EE only happen during the last week of April?
Does EE come with guidelines I need to follow?
Does NEEF have any EE resources that will help me get started?
Where do I sign up?
If I celebrate EE and share my story, what do I win?
How much does this cost?
Where can I learn more?

 

 

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?

In 2019, EE Week kicked off on Earth Day,  April 22, and ran until April 26.  NEEF launched the “Greening STEM” hub, which helps educators use the natural environment and real-world challenges to engage learners and deliver high-quality STEM education. We also have updated 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 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 register to access the Greening STEM hub using the form on 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.

Through the support of its partners, including EE Week corporate partner Samsung Electronics America, Inc., NEEF is creating a national movement to encourage more people to be part of EE and learn more, do more, and share more.

 

Where can I learn more?

For everything NEEF follow us on twitter at twitter.com/NEEFusa and on Facebook at facebook.com/NEEFusa.

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