Who We Are


Chartered by Congress to build effective public-private partnerships, NEEF is harnessing the power of collaboration to make the environment more accessible, relatable, relevant, and connected to people's daily lives.

We're Here to Make a Difference

Established by the National Environmental Education Act (NEEA) in 1990, NEEF has over three decades of experience in cultivating an environmentally conscious and responsible public.

Here is how we made a difference in 2022.


NEEF raises $4 for every dollar of NEEA funding it receives


The number of people NEEF’s programs reached in 2022

HOw neef makes an impact

Funding communities
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Funding Communities

We mobilize public and private funding to support community-based projects and respond to critical and emerging needs in the fields of K-12 education, public land conservation, and health.

increasing competence
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Increasing Competency

We promote environmental literacy and behavior change among groups such as public lands managers, health professionals, educators, and corporate employees, who then share this information with their own constituents and communities.

supporting diversity
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Supporting Diversity

We partner with educators, public lands groups, environmental organizations, local communities, and others who share our mission of making the environment more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.


Total Grant Funds Awarded in 2022
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Value of Service Completed on National Public Lands Day (NPLD) and Through NEEF Grant-Funded Projects

Greening STEM Grants

Greening STEM Projects Nationwide
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Generously supported by both public and private donors, Greening STEM grants play a pivotal role in diversifying the future STEM workforce. They enable schools to engage in meaningful environmental investigations, enhancing students' understanding of STEM concepts in real-world contexts.

These projects, ranging from prairie restoration in Iowa to virtual biodiversity training for middle school faculty in Miami-Dade, receive grant funding, as well as logistic support, and additional guidance. 

Grants Impact

Bay Area Nonprofit Drives Accessibility on Public Lands Thanks to NEEF Grant

Picture this: It's a beautiful summer Saturday. You've been looking forward to checking out the new hiking...

Visually Impaired Students Gain Access to Nature Through Sound

Visually Impaired Students Gain Access to Nature Through Sound thanks to the Driving Mobility and...

Toyota Gives Northern Alabama Park Accessibility Makeover

Toyota, the National Environmental Education Foundation and Land Trust of North Alabama collaborate on three...

NEEF Conservation Grant Supports Biodiversity in the California Floristic Province

NEEF and Toyota funded $220,000 for biodiversity conservation in California's Floristic Province. Four...

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National Public Lands Day

On Saturday, September 24, 2022, over 50,000 volunteers participated in community events to help restore and improve public lands across the country as part of the 29th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD). Events included cleaning the wall of names at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, releasing captive-bred California condors at the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona, and restoring the habitat of the endangered New England cottontail rabbit at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Maine.

We are still recovering from the extraordinary period of the last two years. The 2022 impact numbers indicate a gradual return to group volunteering activities.


Miles of Trail Impacted


Pounds of Trash Collected


Square Feet of Invasive Species Removed


See Full Impact

Our 60 large national parks are really about environmental education. I'm so very excited and so very appreciative of the work the National Environmental Education Foundation does.

 Charles F. “Chuck” Sams III, National Park Service Director 

National Park Service Director Chuck Sams speaks to participants during a National Public Lands Day Event


K-12 Education Impact

Greening STEM

NEEF’s Greening STEM model engages students at high need schools in hands-on environmental investigations in their communities making STEM relevant and connected to students’ daily lives.

Greening STEM projects launched in 2022

73% of the schools served by Greening STEM grants receive federal Title I funds

Climate Superstars

NEEF, Samsung, and EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program hosted the fourth year of the Climate Superstars Challenge, a month-long contest that challenged sixth-through eighth-grade classrooms to get excited about the environment and how they can take an active role in caring for its future. 

Performing Artist and UN Youth Leader, AY Young, gives an exclusive concert for students at Crystal Lake Middle School in Florida. 

NEEF Health Impact

Pediatric Asthma Initiative

NEEF's Creating Asthma-Friendly Environments online e-learning course module was completed by 644 school nurses. Based on the National Association of School Nurses’ recommended 1,000 students per school nurse, this equated to a potential impact of approximately 644,000 students. 

School Nurses Trained
Asthma Awareness Month
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In observance of Asthma Awareness Month in May, NEEF partnered with celebrity influencer Dr. Wendy Osefo to raise awareness of pediatric asthma and promote NEEF's Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma educational resources. The recorded video presentation received 46,800 Instagram views

Health and Nature Initiative

NEEF, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, presented "Using Nature to Improve Mental Health and Wellbeing," a panel discussion on mental health and the power of nature and greenspaces. The topic attracted 420 registrants, and the recorded webinar has nearly 400 views.

Webinar Engagements
Using Nature To Improve Mental Health
Health Webinar
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NEEF & iHeart Radio Team Up

NEEF & iHeart partnered to create a series of Public Service Announcements and a website dedicated to sustainability actions. Now in its second year, this public engagement campaign, has an estimated media value of $2.3 million.

280 Million 

Number of iHeartRadio impressions in 2022

Amplify Your Impact

Meaningful, lasting change is possible when we work together. NEEF leverages its National Environmental Education Act (NEEA) appropriation to raise public and private matching funds at a ratio of 4:1, creating value and amplifying the impact of our partners.

Become a NEEF Partner

Reaching Further

NEEF's resources help make the environment more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. 

Increasing Accessibility in STEM Learning for Visually Impaired Students

Dive into WaterViz: Accessible STEM for visually impaired students. NEEF and USDA-funded project offers a...

The Lost Carnivores: Using Greening STEM to Connect Students with Local Public Lands

Explore Saguaro National Park's innovative environmental education program, engaging local youth in wildlife...

The Heart of Memphis Celebrates National Public Lands Day

Uncover the story of International Paper's employee engagement on National Public Lands Day, working with NEEF...