Over the past 12 months, NACEE has coordinated stakeholder meetings across the state of Nebraska to create a comprehensive Environmental Literacy Plan for the State of Nebraska. Through these input sessions, feedback from more than 110 individuals representing: classroom educators; nature centers; government agencies; non profits; environmental, conservation and agricultural organizations was obtained.
On August 11, 2010, the Nebraska Environmental Literacy Plan was presented to the Nebraska Board of Education. The plan was well received by the Commissioners. As we look forward to dedicated environmental education funding from the No Child Left Inside Legislation, NACEE will continue to build support for the Nebraska Environmental Literacy Plan.
In March 2010, NACEE received a grant from the Nebraska Academy of Sciences to create a comprehensive online database of environmental education resources, events, opportunities, workshops, and festivals which occur throughout the state.
NACEE will be working with the Nebraska Master Naturalist Program, who also sought to create a database, to develop the database. Look for the searchable database to be up and running in summer 2011.
In early August 2008, the NACEE board voted to adopt the national Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning. These guidelines, established by the North American Association for Environmental Education, provide students, parents, educators, policy makers, and the public a set of common, voluntary guidelines for environmental education. The guidelines support state and local environmental education efforts by:
In 2005, Nebraska’s conservation and education community completed the state’s first Environmental Education MasterPlan – a historic achievement. The Master Plan was developed from input received from over 185 Nebraskans who attended more than a dozen public input meetings, participated in personal interviews, and completed surveys. The planning process spanned nearly four years and was coordinated by the Nebraska Alliance of Conservation and Environment Education (NACEE). The resulting Master Plan provides a visionary and far-reaching blueprint for Nebraska that can be used by organizations, agencies, policy makers, and the public to better focus and coordinate environmental education efforts.
Both the complete Literacy Survey and the Executive Summary (a 4-page overview of the survey results) are available for download. A comparison of the survey results to national surveys is also available. Get them here.
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