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"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.
Registration Now Open
Join us at SIU's Touch of Nature Environmental Center on Little Grassy Lake nestled in beautiful southern Illinois for our EEAI 2020 conference, "A Clear Vision for a Sustainable Future". Sessions will feature workshops based around formal, non-formal, and outdoor education. Not only will there be a wide variety of workshops and field trips to attend, but EEAI is honored to feature Lacy Cagle of Ecochallenge.org, as our keynote speaker. Lacy develops a system of high quality programs that inspire action and advocacy, and cultivates Ecochallege.org's thought leadership on sustainability solutions, and communication. We look forward to seeing Environmental Educators and students from every aspect of this vast field.
Call for Exhibitors
Showcase your environmentally-themed facility, programs, resources and products!
Exhibitors will be provided space at the conference facility - Touch of Nature Environmental Center to connect with conference participants.
Exhibits will be open April 2 - 4th; specific hours to be determined but exhibit booths do not have to be manned the entire time.
Fee: $50 for each 8 ft. table or floor space.
PLEASE NOTE: Electricity is available; bring your own extension cord. Conference registration, activities, and meals are not included in this fee. Exhibitors are encouraged to register for the conference.
Questions? For more information, contact Bryanna Blackburn at Bryannablackburn@gmail.com or Rockette Jaros at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLT Workshops Scheduled for Winter 2020
Don't miss out on two incredible opportunities to gain valuable professional development.
On January 24th EEAI is partnering with Cornell University to present a Forests and Climate Change Workshop for educators. Participants will come away with training on the PLT Carbon and Climate curriculum guide but also hear from Cornell University author and researcher, Anne Armstrong, on her newest publication "Communicating Climate Change". Thank you Quad Cities Community Foundation - Mark W. Schwiebert Fund for Enviornmental Studies Grant for the funding to support this program!
On February 20th EEAI will be presenting a workshop at the Illinois Association of Conservation Districts annual conference. The Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers workshop is designed for educators and other adults working with middle and high-school-aged learners. Its aim is to engage learners in actively exploring green forest careers through activities in which they research forestry jobs and practice managing and monitoring forest resources.
For more information or to register for either of these workshops head on over to the PLT page on our website. Both workshops will fill up quickly so register TODAY!
EEAI Seeking New Board Members
EEAI Members -
You should have received your Board Elections Ballot via email the first week of February. Please take a few minutes to VOTE! This is an important step to ensure the EEAI Board of Directors truly represents the needs and perspectives of our membership. If you have not received a ballot please reach out to EEAI Executive Director Abbie Enlund at email@example.com or Nominations and Elections Chair Jennifer Bunde at firstname.lastname@example.org
EE in Illinois News to Note
Water's Worth It - Student Essay Contest
The Central States Water Environment Association is hosting an essay contest for middle school students (6th - 8th grades) on the topic of water conservation. Cash prizes available for both the student and assisting teacher. Great opportunity to get students thinking about water issues and water conservation in their community. Deadline for submissions - March 31st.
IL Conservation Foundation - Student Scholarship Available
Know any students interested in a career in conservation? Make sure they take a look at the scholarship opportunity from IL Conservation Foundation.
"Up to three one-time scholarships of $2,000 are given to outstanding high school seniors in Illinois who have demonstrated effective, voluntary and long-term dedication to the preservation, protection, enhancement and/or promotion of Illinois' natural resources."
Find out more - Scholarships
Natural Start Alliance - NEW RESOURCE!
Nature-Based Preschool Professional Practice Guidebook
The Natural Start Alliance is proud to share a new kind of resource, one designed to unite diverse models of nature-based education—from outdoor schools to forest kindergartens to nature-based preschools—and become a platform for the sustained growth of standard-bearing programs. The Nature-Based Preschool Professional Practice Guidebook represents the combined expertise of professionals across the field of nature-based education, and describes how nature-based educators offer programs that are safe, effective, and inclusive.
Interested in being trained on this new resource? Reach out to us and we will work with Natural Start Alliance to bring a workshop to your area of Illinois!
PBS Series - Nature Cat - Illinois Based!
Have you seen the online series called Nature Cat? It is a cartoon about a cat that loves being outside and has all kinds of funny, educational adventures with a whole slew of characters! The production company and original makers of the program are all based right here in Illinois. And the characters have been voiced by some pretty famous Saturday Night Live comedians. There is some very fun educational content that can help inspire young kids to get outside. Check it out!
PBS - Nature Cat