About Us

Cultivating Excellence in EE

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Our mission is to cultivate environmental literacy and engagement among diverse community leaders. Through leadership and support, we promote a vision for healthy, resilient communities and environment.

Our goals are to:

  • Be the statewide advocate for environmental education in Oregon
  • Enhance the professionalism of environmental education through the establishment and implementation of core competencies
  • Strengthen the dynamic networks for environmental education from local level systems to complex international collaborations

Our primary functions are to:

  • Collaborate with state level partners to ensure the inclusion of environmental education in related initiatives;
  • Educate and assist EEAO affiliates in educating, decision makers about the importance and relevance of environmental education;
  • Serve as a liaison for environmental education between all systems levels from local to international;
  • Promote the delivery of consistent and high quality environmental education through the certification of non-formal environmental educators;
  • Improve the evaluation of environmental education programs;
  • Compile and share “best practices” for environmental education; and
  • Establish and enhance collaborative environmental education networks throughout Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, the United States and internationally.

Our values are guiding us in the way we work:

  • Education occurs along a continuum of learning opportunities from cradle to grave
  • Appreciation for a diversity of perspectives
  • Learning is about the process, experience and personal growth, not just saturated information
  • Environmental education operates through a broad lens and should be understood and accepted as such


Our Strategic Plan Is Guiding Us Forward

Every five years we participate in a visioning and strategic planning process to help guide us in furthering environmental education. Over the next five years, we are focused on fostering environmental education throughout the state of Oregon and growing our capacity.

We will foster environmental education in Oregon by:

Read Our Strategic Plan

We are currently in the beginning phases of updating our strategic plan. If interested in learning more about this process or being a part of the process, please contact Gerard Gonzales, our Vice-Chair.

EEAO is an affiliate of NAAEE. Our strategic plan ties to the national affiliate strategic plan and aligns with the larger national environmental education goals. Learn about NAAEE strategic plan.

Read NAAEE Affiliate Strategic Plan

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Your membership enables us to:

  • connect you with resources including classroom curricula, field trip & classroom programs, teaching aids and more.
  • develop professional certification for environmental education.
  • plan and coordinate leadership and professional development opportunities for you.
  • reach out to community leaders and decision-makers about the value and positive impacts of environmental education. We regularly meet with Oregon's Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. and educate them about the importance of environmental education.

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Our Vision

Resilient communities where environmental, economic and social responsibility drive individual and collective choices

Our Mission

To cultivate environmental literacy and engagement among diverse community leaders

EEAO is the Oregon affiliate of


in 2005 we received NAAEE Affiliate of the Year

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  •    EEAO works to ensure everyone in Oregon has an opportunity to learn about the environment and society where they live. We value inclusiveness and welcome everyone to the field of environmental education.