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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.
2020 Annual Conference
Meet the Keynote Speaker, Call for Presenters, Sponsorship and Conference site information and much more.
Call for Presenters - Open Until February 1, 2020
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
Interested in helping to direct the field of environmental education in Illinois? Want to gain valuable professional development experience? Want to give your time and talents to a worthy non-profit?
Consider stepping up to take on a Board of Directors position for EEAI.
Detailed information and job descriptions can be found on the website - https://www.eeai.net/board-member-nomination-process.html but to learn more about this opportunity reach out to EEAI Executive Director Abbie Enlund at firstname.lastname@example.org
EE in Illinois News to Note
Illinois Green Ribbon Schools
The Illinois Green Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools that are making an effort to promote and educate students on sustainability. Working in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), Illinois Green Alliance is now accepting applications for the 2020 program from schools across Illinois. The deadline to apply is January 13, 2020. The top scoring schools are submitted to the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program for consideration at the national level.
Check out the 2019 IL Green Ribbon School winners!
Vital Lands Network - 2020 Summit
January 29th – 30th
IHotel and Conference Center; Champaign, Illinois
The VLI Summit is open to all in the conservation community, but space is very limited so REGISTER today! This year the Summit will focus on the theme of Integrative Conservation. Integrative Conservation acknowledges the unique and exciting ways that conservation gets done by people who we aren’t necessarily used to thinking of as conservationists and in places that we aren’t used to thinking of as conservation lands.
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!