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EEAI is proud to serve as the Illinois affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education. The Affiliate Network promotes collaboration for maximum effectiveness and efficiency and a unified voice for Environmental Education across North America and beyond.
In 1972 a group of committed and concerned citizens -- both conservationists and teachers -- founded the Environmental Education Association of Illinois. Since that time, members of EEAI have provided leadership on this front at the national, state and community levels. The strength of EEAI comes from the involvement of its members. Their participation in state and regional events raises the profile of environmental education and challenges decision-makers to give environmental literacy higher priority.
Welcome to our New Program Coordinator
A Note from Michelle Ramos - the NEW EEAI Program Coordinator
Hello EEAI Community!
I am originally from the Southside of Chicago and grew up in the Ashburn neighborhood. Studied Therapeutic Recreation at Southern Illinois University where I fell in love with camping and the outdoors. My previous work experience was at a nonprofit where we focused on Sports Based Youth Development and Social Emotional Learning for K-8 youth attending Chicago Public Schools.
In my spare time you can find me exploring the outdoors, camping and kayaking or spending time with loved ones.
I am excited to join the world of Environmental Education and get to work sharing some amazing programs with our stakeholders. I am looking forward to building a more extensive EEAI Facilitator Network to better serve all IL communities and I a can't wait to work with IL educators on how to implement more environmental education.
Want to connect? Send me a note at EEAIProjects@gmail.com.
Looking forward to connecting!
EEAI is working with a new company, Fresh Horizons, based locally in the mid-west on maintaining a constant merchandise store for EEAI. Fresh Horizons is helping us find more sustainably based product companies, ensure quality products at a reasonable price. And it still helps to raise funds for EEAI staff and programs. Check out all the new options! And be prepared for new items to pop-up throughout the year!
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RISE Challenge IL 2021/2022
February 21st; 4:30pm
RISE Challenge Basics and Proposal Submission
Get answers to all your questions. Learn how to get going and be ready by the proposal deadline. Help students in your community make a difference this spring!
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Earth Force Illinois
Interested in project-based learning? Want a great new program to implement at a camp or eco-club? Want to increase sustainability at your school? LOOK NO FURTHER!
In 2020 EEAI launched a new statewide partnership with Earth Force to bring this project-based, environmental education, civic action focused curriculum program to educators all throughout Illinois.
Learn all about this incredible program - EARTH FORCE
Educators in Illinois will have access to -
Environmental Action Project Implementation Funding NOW AVAILABLE
If you have attended an Earth Force IL training with EEAI then you are eligible to apply for implementation funds for your student-led environmental action project.
SEE ALL THE DETAILS
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Illinois Map Competition
Connecting your social studies and science curriculum to mapping!
Illinois middle and high school students are invited to tell their hometown issue investigation stories at the Annual Illinois Map Competition. Students investigating community issues around the environment, social justice, business, historical and community changes, community planning, weather and much more are invited to share their story and research through the use of ESRI Story Map technology.
Contest winner receive Amazon gift cards.
EPA Resources for Teachers
Illinois resides within the federal EPA Region 5 and there are a great deal of resources available for teachers through that office. Take a look at the list of resources that has been created for educators. This is an excellent place to get updated, relevant and factual environmental data about our state and local communities.
In addition there are publications available that educators can order to use within their classroom.
Find EPA Publications.
Local Illinois EPA also has an extensive about of resources and programs for educators. Including but not limited to; events such as Dive In!, curriculum such as Environmental Pathways, coloring books and student environmental contests.
Illinois EPA Environmental Education
Will County Green - Educator Resources
Resources for educators can be found in the most amazing places. Did you know that Will County Green has incredible school-wide, classroom and educator resources? We didn't either! From virtual field trips of recycling centers, classroom composting instructions and sustainability tips for schools there is a lot of great resources on their website.
Stop by their Education Page to check it all out!