State of Outdoor and Environmental Learning

in the Southwest

Environmental Education of New Mexico and Arizona Association for Environmental Education in partnership with the USDA Forest Service’s Southwestern Region will be launching The State of Outdoor and Environmental Learning (SOEL): A Landscape Analysis of Opportunities in the Southwest in 2021!

Image contains snapshot of the SOEL databaseSOEL will include an updated inventory of outdoor and environmental learning opportunities, initiatives, curricula, and programs throughout Arizona and New Mexico, resources for using the inventory, and tools for educators, families, organizations, and community members to better connect youth to the incredible opportunities available.

The updated inventory will include programs, resources, and initiatives in conservation, experiential, environmental, nature-based, outdoor, and place-based learning that support the many valuable ways children can engage in the outdoors and environmental learning. We hope that the SOEL will serve as a platform for collaboration and partnership, help to reduce overlap in programming, guide the development of new program offerings, and give insight into existing gaps where support and investment may be needed.

To add your program information to SOEL and have your information included, please fill out the Arizona SOEL Program Submission Form. Click on the link at the bottom of the page.

The form will take anywhere from 5-20 minutes to complete. Although we will be continuing to accept form submissions after the in late spring 2021, you must submit your program information April 30th to have it included when SOEL is first made available to the public.

If you have any questions, please reach out to LoriAnne Barnett via email at director@arizonaee.org. Thank you for including your information in the The State of Outdoor and Environmental Learning (SOEL): A Landscape Analysis of Opportunities in the Southwest!

If you are in New Mexico and would like to contribute your school or program’s information, visit Environmental Education New Mexico’s SOEL page to contribute!