Colorado EE Plan

All Colorado students need to know about the natural systems we all depend on and understand what we must do to interact responsibly with the our environment and safeguard natural resources for future generations. The Colorado Environmental Education Plan, adopted by the Colorado Board of Education in 2012, outlines a coordinated strategy between PreK-12 teachers, schools, environmental education providers, and leaders in Colorado to:

  • Prepare students to understand, analyze and address the major environmental challenges facing Colorado, the United States and the world.
  • Connect teachers and students to standards-based, relevant, environmental education experiences in an effort to develop lifelong health, wellness and civic minded behaviors,
  • Connect school districts and teachers to professional development opportunities in environmental education.

We are all part of the PLAN for environmental education in Colorado.  How can you be involved?

Make a Case for EE

Access information to help leaders and decision makers understand the power of environmental education.

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Increase EE Experiences

Meet the goals of the plan by integrating EE in your classroom and finding or providing EE experiences.

Find EE PD

Find and share eeProfessional Development to build your knowledge and skills in environmental education.

Get Involved

Join your Regional Environmental Education Leadership Council and help implement the Colorado Environmental Education Plan!

Implementation of the CEEP is dependent on a strong network of partners in environmental education including teachers, schools, administrators, higher education professionals, non-formal environmental education providers, businesses, and more.

Northeast EE Leadership Council

Council Co-Chairs:

Rachel Brett and

Jared Mazurek

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Northwest EE Leadership Council

Council Chair: 

Lara Carlson

 

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Southeast EE Leadership Council

Council Co-Chairs:

DeLene Hoffner and

Rose Banzhaf

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Southwest EE Leadership Council

Council Chair: 

Kay Phelps 

       

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Regional Councils

Four regional councils have been developed across Colorado to assist in carrying out the mission, goals, and strategies outlined in the Colorado Environmental Education Plan (CEEP). Regional Environmental Education Councils consist of representatives from a variety of sectors and communities including, but not limited to, formal education, non-formal education providers, agriculture, oil and gas, energy, forestry, tourism, and recreation. Regional council members serve as champions of the CEEP by advancing the development and enhancement of environmental education networks and partnerships on a local level.

REGIONAL COUNCIL MEMBERS PLAY THE ROLES OF ADVOCATES, ASSET BUILDERS, AMBASSADORS, AND ADVISORS WITH THE FOLLOWING RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Connect networks of state and community agencies, districts, and schools who work together in order to increase access to environmental education across the state.
  • Share success stories that support implementation of the plan
  • Strengthen partnerships among schools and districts and  EE providers who provide resources and access to environmental education opportunities to increase opportunities across the state.
  • To accomplish the above responsibilities councils will:
  • Establish annual goals and methods for evaluating those goals, including:
  • Generate a recruitment and orientation plan for new Council members.
  • Grow Partnerships among EE providers and schools and districts.
  • Increase access to EE resources and tools

COUNCIL MEETINGS

CDE, DNR, and CAEE will call a Statewide gathering of the leadership of the EE Regional Leadership Councils two times per year and should be attended by at least two representatives from each of the four Regional Councils, representatives from CDE, DNR, and CAEE.  Purpose of the meeting will include:

  • Share region-specific priorities and successes.
  • Revisit and set common statewide priorities.
  • Inform CDE and DNR of activities across the state that are related to the CEEP.  Be informed of CDE and DNR relevant initiatives.
  • Monitor annual progress toward meeting the goals of the Colorado Environmental Education Plan.

Additional guests can be invited to attend these twice yearly meetings that could help inform regional members of statewide initiatives or could be informed by regional activities.  Guests can be invited to attend regularly or as applicable.


History

In 2010, legislative authority (HB10-1131) was given to the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to create the Colorado Kids Outdoors Grant Program. The goals of the legislation were to improve young people's knowledge of the environment and increase young people's opportunities for outdoor educational experiences. The legislation also required the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to adopt a statewide plan for environmental education.  The CDE and DNR asked the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) and a dedicated task force to create an initial proposal for a statewide environmental education plan. Through an iterative process of data collection including online surveys, focus groups, and public meetings, a proposal was developed and a final Colorado Environmental Education Plan (CEEP) was adopted by the Colorado State Board of Education on December 5, 2012 with bi-partisan support.

Learn more about the Development of the Plan.