The Environmental Literacy Community of Practice (ELCoP) is a convening of practitioners and supporters of environmental education to collectively develop solutions that foster an environmentally literate population in Arizona. Anyone who supports and promotes environmental education and people’s connection to nature is invited and encouraged to contribute experience, knowledge and/or resources toward concrete solutions that are developed collaboratively.
Why Form a Community of Practice?
Arizona has a rich diversity of people, agencies, businesses and organizations that are working to connect populations of children and adults with learning experiences that encourage outdoor time, develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and foster strong connections between Arizonans and their human and non-human communities. The experiences being offered fall on a spectrum from self-directed outdoor play to academic, standards-based classroom programs with a focus on environmental learning. All share the common interest of supporting healthy, vibrant, active and empowered people.
While each of these entities is “moving the needle” in their own way, they each face similar challenges of lack of access, resources, and information; misperceptions about the intent of environmental learning; and a variety of real and perceived barriers experienced by potential learners. A community of practice provides a structure through which all of these entities can combine knowledge, experiences and resources to address these challenges with real solutions. The ELCoP is a way to take collective action!
Who Can Participate?
Anyone who supports and promotes environmental education and peoples’ connection to nature. The ELCoP welcomes diverse perspectives and approaches. Any work that creates positive connections between people and their natural environment makes a relevant contribution to environmental literacy and has an important voice.
Help AAEE Launch the CoP at the 2018 Environmental Literacy Summit
Saturday, November 10, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
South Mountain Environmental Education Center
10409 S. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85042
Join us to learn more about how to be involved and to help us prioritize the focus of the ELCoP over the next two to three years.