What is Environmental Education?

What is environmental education (EE)?  The North American Association of Environmental Education describes it this way.

Environmental education teaches children and adults how to learn about and investigate their environment, and to make intelligent, informed decisions about how they can take care of it. EE is taught in traditional classrooms, in communities, and in settings like nature centers, museums, parks, and zoos.

Learning about the environment involves many subjects—earth science, biology, chemistry, social studies, even math and language arts—because understanding how the environment works, and keeping it healthy, involves knowledge and skills from many disciplines.

EE works best when it is taught in an organized sequence. In schools, EE often reflects state and national learning standards. “Done right,” EE not only leads to environmentally literate people, but also helps increase student academic achievement.