Who Practices Environmental Education?
Anyone, of any age, who educates others about the environment and our natural resources OR uses these as a tool for engaging others in learning—in such a way that is in alignment with the key pillars of EE—is considered an environmental educator. Environmental education does not only happen in science classrooms and is more than just information about the environment—it happens every day in non-formal and informal educational settings and interactions, driven by others or by oneself. While formal educators have powerful opportunities to use EE to teach every student who comes through their school doors, the value of learning from other sources by experiencing our natural world through critical thinking and self-reflection is of equal importance.
Environmental educators work with businesses to educate managers, employees, and vendors about environmental, health, and economic issues. They are facilitators of citizen science programs to help people understand the scientific process and use the data to help protect species, habitat, communities, and ecological processes. They are professors in universities who train the next generation of teachers, environmental professionals, business leaders, and others. They work with journalists to tell the story about the value of environmental education and with decision makers to advocate for environmental education. They work hand-in-hand with conservation professionals to help engage people and communities in finding solutions to conservation issues—from loss of biodiversity to climate change. And they work with health professionals who educate doctors, nurses, and other health professionals about the critical link between health and environment and how to increase time in nature to address health issues. They are naturalists helping to connect more people to nature and build stewardship values that last a lifetime.
Here in Arizona, You Can Find Environmental Educators Working in / as:
To Learn More About Environmental Education, Check Out These Resources:
Learn more about environmental education (EE) and why EE matters from the North American Association for Environmental Education.
eeLEARN is a series of online learning modules exploring the foundations of environmental education.
Learn more about environmental education (EE) from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).
The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is a leading EE organization dedicated to lifelong environmental learning.
The NAAEE National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education has developed a series of guidelines that set the standards for high-quality EE.
A framework guide for developers of large-scale state, national and international assessments of environmental literacy.
A collection of resources, perspectives, and examples to help environmental educators learn more about the field of EE, access resources, and gain skills.
UNESCO’s Decade of Education for Sustainable Development builds on the long-term concern for issues related to environmental education and sustainability.