At EEAI, our goals are to ensure that all Hoosiers have access to quality environmental education and to support the educators who provide it. We promote educator professional development, support education programs from early childhood through higher education, hold an annual conference for formal and informal educators across the state, and much more. As an affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education, EEAI works with other affiliates throughout North America to have a greater impact through collaborative action and helps to create a stronger and more unified voice for EE.
Gen:Thrive, a program of EcoRise, is a collaborative initiative that provides shared data and technology tools to accelerate sustainability and advance health, equity and climate resilience in K–12 schools.
The NAAEE affiliates in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin are working collaboratively to define the strengths, resources, and needs of the environmental education community throughout the Midwest. This landscape analysis will help our affiliates to identify priorities for serving EE providers and learners across the region and opportunities to collaborate on meeting those needs.
Project Expected Outcomes
By collecting data on current EE practices throughout the Midwest, we expect to better understand where there are gaps in access to quality environmental education, enabling us to work toward improving equitable access and more effectively reaching underserved audiences with EE services. The data collected through this process will also allow for a better understanding of the financial status and needs of EE service providers, the agency and partner resources available to EE providers, the coverage of particular EE topics and programs, and current staffing trends in environmental education fields.
Project Next Steps
Completing data collection is just the beginning! With the information gathered through the landscape analysis process, we will continue to collaborate on securing funding to increase EE services throughout the Midwest, ensuring that learners have equitable access to quality environmental education programs, and providing EE organizations with access to the data to aid in the identification of funding and service opportunities that meet their unique needs.
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