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Why Is An EE Association Needed?

Oregon's working lands, wild places, open spaces, communities, people, and businesses all depend on each other. The next generation needs the skills, knowledge, attitudes, motivations, and commitment to work individually and collectively to ensure Oregon continues to have a vibrant future. We believe environmental education is the key to that future. We support our teachers, administrators, resource professionals, nature centers, environmental educators, and volunteers who are in the trenches - getting kids & adults outside, teaching teachers, training staff, working with schools, working with families, teaching adults, doing environmental education - everything and anything that cultivates environmental literacy and environmental justice. We do this through professional development, advocacy, and state-wide conference. We are your resource in working with others around environmental education.

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EEAO will hold another Environmental Education Conference in 2020!



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Hear updates directly from NAAEE every month and how you can get involve to support EE at the federal level. Get involve with eePRO Advocacy group.


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EEAO's Role

EEAO houses the Oregon training bureau for the Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education providing workshops and resources on these guidelines. We are working with the Oregon's Environmental Literacy Program (OELP) team on trainings across the state and working with Center for Divesity and the Enivronment on incorporating a diversity, inclusion, and equity lens to the guidelines trainings. Over the next couple of years, EEAO and OELP will also work together in creating cadre of guideline trainers. 

Interested in being involved? Contact Theresa 503-857-7884.

Children learn best through their everyday experiences with the people they love and trust, and when the learning is fun. And the best place for these experiences is outdoors, in the natural world.


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Our Vision

Oregon communities compassionately working together to create equitable connections to and expressions of the local and global environments.

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To cultivate environmental literacy and engagement among diverse community leaders

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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.