ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ORGANIZATIONS SERVING NORTH CAROLINA
The following is a list of organizations that support environmental education efforts across North Carolina. These organization often work together, but each has their own mission and vision. The combined effort of these groups creates a rich landscape for environmental education and increased environmental literacy in North Carolina.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATORS OF NORTH CAROLINA (EENC) is the state's professional membership organization that promotes excellence in professional development and facilitate networking opportunities, inspiring educators to create an environmentally literate citizenry. (eenc.org)
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATORS (NAAEE) is the national and international professional environmental educators membership organization that promotes professional excellence in the environmental education field. EENC is the state affiliate for NAAEE. (naaee.net)
NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTERS (NCAEEC) serves as the central support organization for EE centers to reap the benefits of coordination, collaboration and communication among all environmental education centers statewide. (ncaeec.org)
NORTH CAROLINA OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS (NCOEE) forms state policy in environmental education, establishes standards of excellence for the profession, and serves as the central clearinghouse for all environmental education programs, facilities, and resources in North Carolina. They have an excellent listserv where EE professionals can post notices and a statewide calendar of EE events and programs,. The office also administers the N.C. Environmental Education Certification Program in partnership with EENC, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, NCAEEC, the Environmental Education Fund, and the N.C Wildlife Resources Commission. (www.eenorthcarolina.org)
SOUTHEASTERN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ALLIANCE (SEEA) is is a network of state affiliates of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) located in the southeastern region of the U.S. Member states include AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN. (southeastee.org)
State Educational Standards
Drawing teachers and their classes to your site often depends on your aligning your programs to the state educational standards. You can find the standards on the Department of Public Instruction's website. DPI also hosts an informal education meeting with the NC Office of Environmental Education in early December that is well worth attending.