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EEAI is a proud partner in Rethink Outside, a campaign founded by Blue Sky Funders Forum.
"Rethink Outside is a call to action for all who believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy time outdoors, because when people connect with nature we all benefit. Together, we can unify and amplify the growing movement to lift up the benefits of time spent outdoors as a basic human right. In doing so, we can reshape the prevailing public narratives around time spent in nature and engage new partners and allies. "
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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.
Climate Science Series for Educators
EEAI is committed to strengthening environmental literacy throughout the state by providing access to professional development that addresses relevant and essential topics. Climate change and the science supporting it is a core concept in building environmental literacy.
Join Illinois State Climatologist Dr. Trent Ford for a three-part climate series for educators virtual event. Dr. Ford will lead an interactive session including a research-based presentation, interactive discussion and participant Q & A. The virtual climate series is intended to provide relevant information and thought provoking discussion for educators (formal and nonformal) to use in their teaching. Pre-registration required.
Project Learning Tree E-Units Training Courses
The Environmental Education Association of Illinois is hosting online Project Learning Tree educator training using PLT e-units accompanied by online professional development.
The e-units are organized by grade-level strand and offer hands-on activities to engage students; interactive connections to academic standards including NGSS, Common Core and C3 Framework for Social Studies; as well as flexible curriculum integration—use activities as stand-alone investigations or move through the e-unit from beginning to end.
Project Learning Tree e-units include:
Registration is $10 for EEAI members (per each e-unit) or $20 for nonmembers (per each e-unit).
5 ISBE PD credits are available per e-unit. ISBE PD credit is offered free of charge for EEAI members and $5 for nonmembers ($5 fee applies for each individual e-unit if registrants elect to participate in more than one).
eeGuidance for Reopening Schools
We are very excited to be a part of finding ways for environmental education to be a part of reopening schools in Illinois. The newly launched eeGuidance for Reopening Schools was developed by state EE organizations and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). The guidelines provide practical strategies for schools to use outdoor learning and environmental education as a tool to safely reopen schools this fall.
Read the Press Release to learn more.
EEAI will be working to gather a comprehensive list of virtual programming opportunties and other resources that non-formal facilities have to offer for their local schools. This information will be shared on our COVID-19 Educator Resources Page.
EE Provider Database
As a way to assist educators throughout the state in connecting with local environmental education providers and facilities EEAI is looking to create a LARGE statewide database of all the organizations, institutions and non-profit groups that provide ANY kind of outdoor or environmental education programming that might be of use to schools and teachers during this challenging time, and for years to come. Help EEAI develop this incredible tool by adding your facility and by sharing the need for others to do the same.
Enter Your EE Provider HERE.
EEAI hopes to develop a searchable map feature on our website with direct links to all of these facilities. An incredible resource for any school, administrator or family looking to connect to a facility in their area. Please help spread the word so that we can truly capture as many EE providers in Illinois as possible.
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 will be launching 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 -
Want to stay up to date on events, resources and news from Earth Force Illinois? Already using this program and want to ask questions or share success stories?
JOIN OUR EARTH FORCE ILLINOIS FACEBOOK GROUP!
EE in Illinois News to Note
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
Illinois Monarch Project
This statewide event is going virtual! Join monarch enthusiasts from all over the state for a series of virtual events to launch the implementation phase of the Illinois Monarch Action Plan.
Kick-off for Monarch Action – October 28, 2020 @ 1 – 3pm
Route 66 Corridor for Monarchs – November 18, 2020 @ 1 – 3pm
Resources for Monarch Action – January 19, 2021 @ 1 – 3pm
Engaging Monarch Ambassadors – February 17, 2021 @ 1 – 3pm
Spring into Action on the Ground – May 4, 2021 @ 1 – 3pm
REGISTER FOR OCTOBER EVENT.
We Want Your Input: Assessing Future Training Needs in EE
The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) and their state affiliates are working with Professors Bob Powell (Clemson) and Marc Stern (Virginia Tech) to disseminate a survey about what types of professional development environmental educators are receiving, how effective it is, and areas of greatest need to inform the development of more effective professional development opportunities for the field.
If you are an EE instructor, manager, or director, we hope you will take about 12 minutes to fill out this survey and help us learn more about the knowledge, skills, and abilities that you need most to better do
You can find the survey at the following link:
The survey will remain open until November 25th. Your responses will be kept confidential.
Thank you so much! And we look forward to sharing the results in the future!