NEEF Ranger with kids in Olympic park

Tip Sheet: EE Week for Public Lands

What is EE Week:

NEEF’s National Environmental Education Week happens the third week in April. It is the nation’s largest celebration of environmental education (EE), inspiring environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students across the country. Open to anyone who is helping share environmental knowledge in some way or is encouraging others to learn more about the planet, events and projects can take place in classrooms, after-school clubs, parks, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, at home, or any other location!

Do you provide education on your public land site? If so, you are probably already doing a project that can qualify as an EE week event.

Here are some great ways to get involved!


Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Reserve offers school programs for students in grades K-12 including a feature field trip for the 4th grade in conjunction with the John Dickinson Plantation. The programs are grade appropriate and are designed with the state science standards in mind. 

Manassas Battlefield Park

On-site field investigations bring students to Manassas National Battle for an outdoor, field investigation of the water resources in one of the park’s creeks, Young’s Branch.  The students spend three to four hours in the outdoors participating in hands on scientific investigations.  The field investigations at Manassas National Battlefield and the opportunity for the students to spend time outdoors collecting and sampling the water resources within the park is a key element of the students’ study of water resources.


Other great ideas for hosting an EE Week event on public lands:

  • Lead a hike or nature walk
  • Organize a cleanup
  • Help visitors improve native plant or wildlife identification skills
  • Talk about the significance of any geologic or hydrologic features of the site and how they were formed


Need more ideas?

  • NEEF’s Greening STEM Toolkits lay out sets of activities and resources in popular environmental topic areas that incorporate elements of STEM. These activities and resources also include project-based learning, service-learning and citizen science components. Browse these links and pick one to lead with a local group!


Learn more about EE Week here.