Natural Start Alliance
The Natural Start Alliance is a coalition of educators, parents, organizations, and others who want to help young children connect with nature and care for the environment. Natural Start connects the people who teach young children—whether they are professionals or parents—with the tools they need to create great educational experiences that help young children explore the natural world, understand their environment, and build lifelong skills that will help keep them active and engaged in their communities. -More-


Developing a Framework for Assessing Environmental Literacy
On December 1, 2011, NAAEE released “Developing a Framework for Assessing Environmental Literacy,” at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Access the archived version of the webcast and view the documents -here-


Guidelines for Excellence
How we should practice EE in different settings is outlined by the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education (NPEEE) in a series of Guidelines publications. Use NAAEE’s online training for the EE Materials: Guidelines for Excellence to analyze how EE resources measure up to professional standards. -More-


Pre-Service Education
Colleges and universities are using EE standards based on NAAEE’s Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators to prepare future teachers in the U.S. Find out how your college EE program can be recognized through NAAEE’s partnership with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). -More-


Professional Certification
Several U.S. states now certify EE practitioners based on "core competencies" taken from NAAEE’s Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators. Find out if your state is included, or what to do if it is not. -More-


Diversity and Inclusivity
NAAEE is committed to assuring representation from across the membership on its Board and in its programs. Inclusivity enhances NAAEE’s environmental educational impact and reputation. Inclusivity means equitable opportunity for all. -More-


State Environmental Literacy Plans

NAAEE has been working to support states in the development and implementation of environmental literacy plans. NAAEE developed national guidelines for PreK–12 environmental education, Excellence in Environmental Education: Guidelines for Learning (PreK–12), that are being used by states to review existing content standards and as a starting point for the development of new environmental literacy learning strands. This report provides an update of the status of individual states’ environmental literacy plans as summarized by NAAEE staff between July 30th and December 5th, 2012. A total of 47 states, as well as the District of Columbia, completed online surveys or were interviewed over the phone to gather these results. Read the report and learn more about State Environmental Literacy Plans here.


EElinked is the leading resource for exploring environmental education on the Internet and interactive community for educators. -More-


Get to know the accomplishments of leaders who have been recognized by the EE community. Learn how your favorite EE provider can be extolled at the next awards ceremony. -More-


National Environmental Literacy Assessment  (NELA)
Environmental educators see that EE can improve student environmental literacy, but how do we prove it to others?  NAAEE is partnering with NOAA, US EPA, and national and international research and educational agencies and organizations to gather quantifiable data to explain what works and why. -More-

Click here to download the NELA Phase Three Report: Phase One & Phase Two Student, Teacher, Program, and School Surveys - Final Research Report