NEEF Staff Dalia and TaKeisha at the Ft. Meade NPLD Event

A Few 2017 Highlights

During 2017, NEEF continued its commitment to connecting people of all ages to nature and engaging them every day. We understand that those connections develop youth and adults who love and care for the environment around them. Here are a few highlights from 2017 and what’s to come in 2018. Thank you for being a part of this work!

-Your friends at NEEF


National Public Lands Day

  • Whether drawing people to their favorite park or helping them discover a new favorite outdoor space to enjoy, National Public Lands Day is an unprecedented opportunity to give back to our public lands that provide countless opportunities for recreation, health, socializing, and stewardship all year long. NPLD 2017 celebrations included 2,108 sites across the nation, a $16.7 million value in volunteer efforts, and 168,640 enthusiastic volunteers. We look forward to celebrating the 25th anniversary of NPLD on September 22, 2018. Save the date!

NEEF staff celebrate NPLD 2017 at Fort Meade


Get Dirty!

  • Five middle school students—Xavier, Ruby, Addy, Kevin, and Gabe—were selected by NEEF as the first cohort of Nickelodeon Get Dirty! Ambassadors. The team is conducting an environmental learning expedition to study ocean acidification in partnership with the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. The expedition’s goals are to increase their understanding of ocean acidification and the impacts to their culture and natural resources while building awareness of the issue both locally and regionally. Through the Get Dirty! Challenge, Nickelodeon and NEEF hope to inspire kids across the country to become ambassadors of the environment in their own communities and promote environmental stewardship among their peers.  NEEF will soon begin searching for elementary students to be the 2018 cohort of Get Dirty! Ambassadors.  

Get Dirty! Kids at the docks


EE Week

  • Check out how NEEF celebrated EE Week 2017 and save the date for next year’s National Environmental Education Week, April 23-29, 2018.

NEEF staff celebrate EE Week 2017 at Great Falls National Park