Landscape Analysis of Environmental and Outdoor Learning in Colorado

Teachers and Administrators:  Take the Survey! 

To be fully equipped to care for our environment and our communities, all residents of Colorado need access to environmental and outdoor learning opportunities. However, we know that not everyone has access to these transformative learning experiences.

In 2023, CAEE in partnership with the Plains Environmental Education Partnership embarked on a brand new undertaking — a landscape analysis of environmental and outdoor learning efforts in 6 Plains and Rocky Mountain states.

This project was the result of a collective desire to gain an enhanced understanding of the environmental and outdoor learning opportunities in our region who are working towards similar goals. (Results are expected to be released in April 2024!)

To understand the landscape of environmental and outdoor learning in the Region and in Colorado, we are working together to survey both environmental and outdoor learning providers, as well as PreK-12 schools, teachers, and administrators.

Data was collected from environmental and outdoor learning providers in the summer and fall of 2023 and from teachers and administrators during the spring of 2024 to better understand what, if any, environmental education is taking place within and outside the classroom.

This data will be used to develop invaluable tools for looking at the field as a whole. These tools will visualize the outcomes of the analysis and can be used to build or strengthen environmental education programs and networks across the region and beyond.

When completed, the landscape analysis will provide:

  • Comprehensive look at organizational reach and environmental and outdoor learning program offerings
  • Better understanding of the staffing, structure, and funding of environmental and outdoor learning organizations and how that affects reach and sustainability 
  • Comprehensive look at what environmental education is (or is not) happening in schools
  • Better understanding of the needs and priorities of teachers and administrators 
  • Strategies for scaling programs for a broader, more equitable reach 
  • State and regional findings to inform future planning efforts

The survey for Teachers and Administrators will be open until April 22nd, 2024.

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We would like to invite teachers and administrators to participate in this project by filling out the survey

Through your participation, we aim to gain insights into the landscape of environmental and outdoor opportunities in our region, whether it's indoors or out, from science to language arts and fine arts. We want to discover what programs and activities are available, where there may be gaps in access, and how schools can work with organizations to enhance environmental and outdoor learning for all students. This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

This landscape analysis is a partnership of the following organizations:

Iowa Conservation Education Coalition
Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education Logo
Missouri Environmental Education Association
Nebraska Alliance for Conservation and Environmental Education
Wyoming Alliance for Environmental Education

This Project is supported by:

Pisces Foundation Logo
Denver Foundation Environmental Affinity Group