Colorado EE Plan Revision

Environmental education is one of the best ways that Colorado schools can power up learning!  Environmental and outdoor learning establish connections that enable knowledge and skills to easily flow from the classroom into new contexts, powering further exploration.  Some students across the state benefit from lots of energizing environmental and outdoor learning opportunities, while others have very little to plug into.  A patchy and unreliable grid means our environmental education system isn’t as strong as it could be.  With a strong statewide Colorado Environmental Education (EE)  Plan, we can rewire our EE system to eliminate dead zones and boost learning outcomes for everyone.

We need your voice and feedback to ensure the draft plan meets the needs of ALL Colorado's students.  

Read the Colorado EE Plan Executive Summary 

Read the Full DRAFT Colorado EE Plan 

Background and Timeline

The Colorado Environmental Education Plan was initially adopted by the Colorado State Board of Education in December of 2012.  In 2013, four Regional Environmental Education Councils were established to support local implementation of the plan.  In the time since initial adoption, we have seen many changes in our education system, including the inclusion of environmental literacy in the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act signed into law in 2015.  The Colorado Environmental Education Plan is being revised and refreshed to better meet environmental education needs in Colorado.  The revision process began in fall 2019 with a statewide survey, several feedback webinars and focus groups to collect input on the changes and updates needed in the plan.  Using the feedback received, a writing team consisting of representatives from the Colorado Department of Education, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education was established to create a new DRAFT Plan that was released for public feedback in fall of 2020.  The writing team is currently working to address and incorporate all the feedback received.