Environmental Education

Environmental Education is at the core of our work and can be applied to a diverse set of learning environments

Why Environmental Education is Important

People care about what they know and fight for what they love. Environmental Education allows people to connect to the natural world through immersive learning experiences in the outdoors, creating environmental stewards for generations to come.

Benefits of Environmental Education

Explore the transformative benefits of Environmental Education, from academic excellence to increased...

EE and the Next Generation Science Standards

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) emphasize the development of skills students will need in order to...

EE and the Common Core Standards

Meeting Common Core Language Objectives through Environmental Education The Common Core State Standards are a...

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Environmental Education Resources

Toolkits, infographics, and interactive online programs to bring environmental education to life in the classroom and beyond.


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Environmental Education Group Games and Activities

A collection of fun, active, and engaging games to help children of all ages learn about the environment.

Spring Into Environmental Education This April

Celebrate environmental education in April with activities bringing Earth Day, Arbor Day, and more into the...

Native Schoolyards Toolkit: Prairie Habitat

​​​​​​​This toolkit focuses on how to initiate and implement native habitat or outdoor classroom projects at...

Celebrate National STEM/STEAM Day with Environmental Education

Celebrate National STEM/STEAM Day as we spotlight the significance of Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, and...

Bring Fat Bear Week into Your Classroom

Fat Bear Week, a popular event celebrating bear survival and Alaska's Bristol Bay ecosystem, teaches...

Test Your Pollinator Knowledge!

Take this quiz an see how well you know your pollinators and the valuable services they provide to our...

Take Learning Outside
Connect any subject to the environment through fun activities.
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Citizen Science

Everyone can contribute to science and connect to the environment around them with citizen science projects. Find one near you to see how you can make a difference.

Getting Your Citizen Science Project Off the Ground

This webinar walks viewers through the process of creating, developing, and implementing a citizen science...

One Crabby Family: How an Educator Used Citizen Science to Bring Her Family Closer Together

Nothing says summer like a family trip to the beach. The air of anticipation as everyone piles into the car...

What the World’s Largest Biodiversity Challenge Shows Us About the Power of Citizen Science

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown parents, educators, and caretakers the value of quality environmental...

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EE in Focus Newsletter Sign Up

Our monthly Environmental Education (EE) newsletter keeps educators updated on grants, resources, and professional development opportunities.

Careers in Environmental Education

Environmental educators work in various settings, including schools, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and even on TV!

Explore Outdoor Careers on Public Lands

Is an Outdoor Career for You? If you have a passion for the environment and want to protect it for the next...

How One NEEF Grant Kickstarted an Idaho Student’s STEM Career

Abella Cathey's journey from One Stone School to Boise State University showcases the power of hands-on...

Preparing High School and College Students for a Career in Environmental Science

Your children might already have their eye on an environmental science career in areas such as sustainability...

Explore Career Opportunities in Environmental Science

What Is Environmental Science? Do you love the outdoors (or know someone who does)? Are you passionate about...

Amplify your Impact with NEEF

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 3:1, creating value and amplifying the impact of our partners

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