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NAAEE’s 47th Annual Conference will focus on the power of education to create positive change for the future. EE is a force for building a more civically engaged citizenry. It’s a force for creating a more diverse and inclusive movement. It’s a force for linking research and practice, and for demonstrating the impact of interdisciplinary education. It’s a force for optimizing human potential and delivering excellent educational opportunities for all. Join us as we share ideas and explore ways to create a more sustainable future through the great power of environmental education.

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Strands

Building Leadership for Environmental Literacy

Strategies for building leadership and infrastructure to further EE on the state and provincial levels, and for advancing efforts to motivate the public to take informed actions on environmental and other civic issues

Sessions appropriate to this strand provide training in such areas as:

  • Diversifying and strengthening the field of EE
  • Strengthening organizations that deliver and coordinate EE, especially on the local, state, and regional levels
  • Cultivating and supporting leadership in EE
  • Providing career pathways that promote diverse EE workforces, including trade skills for green careers and opportunities in community colleges
  • Building our capacity to deliver effective, relevant environmental education for and with diverse audiences
  • Setting, achieving, and maintaining professional standards of excellence

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Connecting with Nature

Cultivating partnerships and providing universally accessible outdoor education experiences that connect people of all ages and backgrounds to nature

Sessions appropriate to this strand address such topics as:

  • Early childhood environmental education and nature preschools
  • Creating and using parks and other green learning spaces in urban, suburban, and rural areas
  • Overcoming challenges associated with getting students and young children outside
  • Outdoor programs that promote physical or spiritual health and wellness
  • Developing outdoor programs that are inclusive and relevant to all audiences and provide equitable access for all
  • Outdoor programs that build a sense of place and cultural relevancy in urban, suburban, and rural communities

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Conservation and Environmental Education

Achieving conservation goals through education, communication, social marketing, and ecotourism strategies, including public participation in scientific research (PPSR) and place-based community action

Sessions appropriate to this strand address such topics as:

  • Integrating education strategies into the broader practice of conservation
  • Increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the conservation movement
  • Current research and case studies on behavior change as it relates to conservation education
  • Successful tools, approaches, and educator preparation for bringing PPSR (citizen science) into the classroom or community improvement projects
  • Successful collaborations between conservation educators and practitioners in all settings, from rural to suburban to urban, as well as wild spaces, public lands, and beyond
  • Education strategies for addressing specific issues such as climate change, energy, water, biodiversity, ocean conservation, and food systems

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Educating for Sustainable Communities

Creating sustainable, equitable, and resilient communities through partnership building, informed civic engagement and personal decision making, systems thinking, connecting community and environment, and understanding historical impacts on communities of color

Sessions appropriate to this strand address such topics as:

  • The role of environmental education in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Achieving environmental integrity, social equity, environmental justice, and economic prosperity through education and authentic engagement of historically underrepresented communities
  • Incorporating culturally rooted practices into our work and understanding how people from different backgrounds relate to, engage with, and care about the environment in urban, suburban, and rural communities
  • Grassroots partnerships for community improvement; characteristics of successful community action projects
  • Strategies, tools, and training for addressing controversial issues and finding common ground
  • Education and engagement to build more resilient communities and address climate change

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Green Schools and Career-Connected Learning

Using environmental education to transform education, enhance student achievement, preparing students for green careers, conserve resources, support national and international education trends, link schools and communities, and build support for environmental education in formal education.

Sessions appropriate to this strand address such topics as:

  • Green Schools as a pathway to service learning, student leadership, civic engagement, outdoor learning, and other effective education practices
  • Exemplary initiatives for greening the campus and the curriculum, including school learning gardens and landscapes, facilities management practices, district and administrative commitments, and student involvement
  • Advancing the Green Schools movement worldwide, including Green Ribbon and other recognition programs
  • Promoting interdisciplinary instruction
  • Integrating EE into preservice teacher preparation and inservice professional development

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Linking Research and Practice to Increase Impact

Using research to inform how we design, develop, refine, and promote environmental education programs for maximum effectiveness, and using practice to inform research

Sessions appropriate to this strand address such topics as:

  • Cutting-edge research that is important and relevant to all environmental educators
  • Connecting research and practice: applying what we know to what we do
  • Strategies for evaluating and improving environmental education programs
  • Using research results to influence decision makers and demonstrate the value of EE
  • Developing shared outcomes that allow us to better measure our collective impact
  • Research and case studies about the benefits and challenges of learning and teaching in outdoor settings and in a culturally relevant context

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