AEEA Events

Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education

When: Friday, November 8, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, 602 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201
Cost: AEEA members $10; Non-members $25
Register: Registration is now closed.

The National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education, initiated by the North American Association for Environmental Education in 1994, has developed a series of guidelines that set the standards for high-quality environmental education. The guidelines were developed by a diverse team of professionals and have undergone a substantive review by thousands of education professionals.  

Taken together, the comprehensive set of guidelines constitutes a collection of tools that can provide practitioners with a firm grounding in the theory and practice of environmental education and can help elevate their work to the highest level of quality.  Each resource in the series has been developed to respond to specific needs that the environmental education community identified.  

Nonformal Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence delineates ways to think about programmatic structure, goals and objectives, and logistical considerations to help
environmental educators develop and implement effective programs that promote environmental literacy.  Environmentally literate individuals understand environmental issues and how environmental quality is impacted by human decisions. In addition, they use this knowledge to make informed, well-reasoned choices that also take social and political considerations into account.   ( 

The Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education Workshop will focus on two publications from the series: K-12 Environmental Education and Nonformal Environmental Education Programs. This blend will provide workshop participants the information and knowledge to increase effectiveness in providing high-quality EE programs for audiences in both formal and non-formal settings. Participants will have the opportunity to review and revise an educational program they currently conduct with students.  All educators are welcome to attend the workshop, however, the target audience is nonformal educators.  

Through attending this workshop, participants will

  • Regard the Guidelines for Excellence series as a professional resource
  • Review and refine their EE program planning, execution, and evaluation to align with key
    characteristics of high-quality environmental education programs
  • Explore how the environmental literacy framework links to national and state standards
  • Use the K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines to develop or strengthen their standards-based EE instructional programs

For more information about the Guidelines for Excellence series, see the NAAEE website.

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