30+ Years of Accomplishments

30 Years of History & Accomplishments

NAAEE1982: Founded at Caldwell, Idaho, by members of the Intermountain Environmental Education Training Team, the organization functions for 19 years as an all-volunteer group.

1984: The Idaho Society for Energy and Environmental Education (ISEEE) is formally incorporated with the State of Idaho

1990-1991: Initiates teacher scholarships and excellence awards for environmental education; supports workshops for youth and teachers; initiates annual conferences; hosts Intermountain EE Leadership Conference in Sun Valley

1996: ISEEE becomes the Idaho affiliate organization of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)

1997: Drafts first strategic plan

2000: Internal Revenue Service determines the Idaho Society for Energy and EnvironmentIdEEA logo RGBsmallal Education is a 501©3 nonprofit organization

2001: Hires first executive director

2001: ISEEE legally assumes a new business name – Idaho Environmental Education Association (IdEEA)

2001: Hosts first Idaho Conservation Education Summit (now Idaho Environmental Education Conference). Between 2007and 2011 the conference serves 500 educators directly (37% formal, 51% nonformal, 12% students). Estimates of secondary conference impacts start at an additional 135,000 students, parents and teachers and go up.

2001-2005: Participates in the Columbia Basin Initiative which develops teams providing professional development on honoring diversity and improving cultural competency to the environmental educators of their regions. Leadership summit held in 2003; bus tour of entire Columbia River Basin held in 2005.

2001-2007: Establishes the Greater Yellowstone EIC School Network, to demonstrate model EE schools using The Environment as the Integrating Context (EIC) Model ™ for learning. Enrolls over 1,700 students of which 21% are ethnic minorities. Trains, supports, and evaluates 12 Idaho schools in The EIC Model. Exports network model to Montana and Wyoming. Funded by $160,000 Turner Foundation Grant .

Snotel2004-2005: Under contract with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, IdEEA reviews, updates, and revises Adopt-a-SNOTEL Site Teacher’s Guide curriculum which looks at snow pack, snow surveying, and water supply prediction. Correlates lessons to state and national educational standards and designs, tests and delivers a series of teacher workshops.

2006: Coordinates Idaho’s involvement in the NAAEE’s National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education>

2006: Receives $14,530 US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant to conduct a statewide EE needs assessment, provide leadership development about IdEEA’s place in the larger environmental education establishment, implement a community relations system, and write a strategic plan.

2006: Receives NAAEE’s Outstanding Affiliate Organization Award given annually to recognize the importance, vitality, and accomplishments of EE associations affiliated with NAAEE which demonstrate substantial accomplishments.

2009: IdEEA hosts environmental literacy strategic planning meeting

2010-2011: Secures $33,000 in EPA funds to spearhead development of Idaho’s first environmental literacy plan (ELP), completed in June 2011. Leads creation of the Idaho Environmental Literacy Coalition, tasked to build continued support for and facilitate approval and implementation of the Idaho ELP

2013: IdEEA collaborated with NAAEE affiliates in Washington, Oregon and Alaska to secure a 2-year, $216,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The $318,000 project will develop and test a model to bridge the gap between classroom and community educator by implementing strategies from each state’s environmental literacy plans.