Environmental Literacy

"In the years ahead, we expect that the experiences and lessons learned through successful implementation of Idaho’s ELP will stay with students throughout their lifetimes, preparing them to take active roles and engage with their communities to address the complex environmental and economic challenges facing our world."

~ Proposed Idaho Environmental Literacy Plan


Idaho's Vision for Environmental Literacy

A sustainable future depends upon people who understand the complex relationships between the natural, social, and economic systems that support us. Between 2009-2011 Idaho joined 45 other states in developing an Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP) that provides guidelines for implementing environmental education into academic settings to increase environmental literacy. The Idaho Environmental Education Association received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2009 to spearhead development of a draft plan tailored to meet Idaho’s educational needs. A diverse group of stakeholders, including staff from the Idaho State Department of Education, business, natural resource management agencies, higher education, nonprofits, Nez Perce Tribe and others worked together to ensure broad-based input into the plan. These stakeholders followed guidelines established by the North American Association for Environmental Education. Currently components of the Idaho ELP are being implemented as part of the 3-year, 4-state Educator to Educator Initiative for Student Learning: A Pacific Northwest Model for Collective Impact initiative, funded in part by the EPA.

Learn more about environmental literacy and the Idaho ELP!

Environmental Literacy Resources