Recent Blog Posts

President’s Environmental Youth Award & Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

May 26, 2016 by Julie Walker

Apply today for the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) program promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement, through recognizing outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. The award celebrates student leadership in protecting the environment and building a livable, sustainable global community. Or if you know or are an excellent Environmental Educator the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators has been extended until May 31, 2016. This program recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students.

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The Nature of WONDER

May 02, 2016 by Julie Walker

After two years of renovations the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery reopened with their newest exhibit WONDER this fall. These supersized art installations definitely not only live up to the promised WONDER of their name, but also impart a flare of nature’s wonder. Through the use of natural materials, stated and unstated themes, the gallery left me WONDERing more about the connections between nature and art.

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Leadership Summit Shines Spotlight on Environmental Literacy

Apr 29, 2016 by Julie Walker

Chiefs of Education from each jurisdiction as well as representation from the U.S. Department of Education gathered to discuss the importance of creating and sustaining high-quality environmental literacy programming as part of their ongoing education reforms across subject areas.

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Celebrate National Environmental Education Week April 17-23, 2016

Apr 11, 2016 by Julie Walker

NEEF’s 12th annual National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), taking place April 17-23, 2016, and sponsored by Samsung, is the nation’s largest celebration of environmental education (EE). We invite environmental educators of all kinds, teaching any age, to take part in the celebration by registering their existing or new events, field trips or projects as EE Week events at Registrants receive discounts on EE publications and eligibility for certain NEEF grants, contests, and more! Follow NEEF on Twitter (link is external) and Facebook (link is external) for the latest updates and engage with the community through the hashtag ‘#EEWeek.’ Free materials and educator toolkits are always available on the NEEF Greening STEM Learning Center. We hope you’ll join in celebrating a simple equation: Environmental Education + Everyone = A Brighter Future for All.

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