eeGuidance for Supporting and Reopening Schools

The outdoors are a resource for learning, engagement, and health, and it should be available to all, not just a privileged few.  Community-based environmental and outdoor education programs offer some solutions to challenges schools face now and in the future.

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About the eeGuidance

As with any strategy, these recommendations will not fully address all of the challenges facing schools. But environmental and outdoor education programs present promising tools for schools and districts and are essential partners in creating a more just and sustainable future for all.  

NAAEE, the Affiliate Network, and CAEE convened over 65 community feedback calls with hundreds of environmental and outdoors learning providers from around the country during the spring of 2020 that supported the creation of eeGuidance for Reopening Schools.  This guidance outlines several specific areas where environmental and outdoor education programs can help schools, students, teachers and families. The following areas are expanded upon in the eeGuidance:

  • Extending and Expanding Learning Spaces into the Community
  • Using the School Grounds for Learning
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning
  • Creating Healthier Learning Environments
  • Virtual Teaching and Learning 
  • Supporting At-Home Learning

Over the next month, CAEE will be working with the eeCommunity and key stakeholders to explore ways Colorado can deploy the strategies in the eeGuidance document.

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Share the eeGuidance

Do you support safe, equitable environmental and outdoor learning as a solution to the many challenges facing schools as they reopen? Use this sample template to send a letter with the eeGuidance to your local school district or this sample Press Release to alert your local media.

Find Local Environmental and Outdoor Learning Providers to Support your School and District 



How can your eeOrganization Support Schools

Can your eeOrganization support one or more of the recommendations in the eeGuidance for Reopening Schools? Fill out the form to share your programming and services with school districts.

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Find eeResources

Are you a teacher trying to put online resources together? Are you a parent suddenly homeschooling your kids? NAAEE has compiled a list of resources designed to keep learners of all ages interested and engaged during the crisis, from hands-on activities and lesson plans to websites, virtual tours, and more. 

Elementary Student Outside

eeVirtual Learning

In partnership with the eMovement and Thorne Nature Experience, we developed a searchable online database of free eeVirtual Content for grades K-8 that can be used during the school day or during at-home learning to engage students in environmental and outdoor learning.