Driven by the desire to gain an enhanced understanding of the environmental education providers in our region who are working towards similar goals, the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance, of which EENC is a part, recently embarked on a brand new undertaking—a landscape analysis of EE efforts in eight southeastern states. On this and accompanying pages, we'll show you the outcomes of the analysis and how you can use our new tools to build or strengthen your own environmental education programs and networks. Scroll down for the interactive dashboard and map, or click here to learn more about this project.
Funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Pisces Foundation, the project included a comprehensive study of the environmental education already happening on the ground, enabling the states involved to identify gaps and barriers to access that prevent successful implementation in some areas. In North Carolina, Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC) along with the N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs and the North Carolina Association of Environmental Education Centers (NCAEEC) collected responses from over 133 EE programs, which were compiled with programs across our region for a full analysis. The final report provides recommendations and next steps for increasing environmental literacy efforts in the southeast based on an inventory of model programs and initiatives happening nationwide.
This analysis and tailored state recommendations included in the report also equip organizations conducting environmental and conservation-related work in the southeast with the materials they need to address gaps, allocate resources more effectively, and, ultimately, meet the goal of increasing environmental literacy levels and stewardship behaviors.
This dashboard is an interactive tool that educators and stakeholders can use to identify EE providers and programs in their area. It provides a quick snapshot of all the findings from our surveys via charts and graphs that can be filtered and exported, as well as the complete list of organizational and program profiles for the 646 organizations that completed the survey.
You can explore specific details through a toolbar that allows you to filter by state, sector, terms used, percentage of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color) leadership, budget, themes, audience served, offerings, academic standards, program location, program time, Title I, language, and/or evaluation practices. These charts can then be easily exported.
For an in-depth tutorial on how to use the many features of this map, click here to watch the video on YouTube.
If you're having trouble using the dashboard on this page, click here to access it in a larger format.