About Us

Shaping the Collective Voice of EE in Oregon

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Our mission is to cultivate environmental literacy and engagement among diverse community leaders. With the vision that Oregon communities are compassionately working together to create equitable connections to and expressions of the local and global environments.

We are striving to:

  • Be the statewide advocate for environmental education in Oregon
  • Enhance the professionalism of environmental education through networking, workshops, conferences, and regional meetings
  • 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;
  • Establish and enhance collaborative environmental education networks throughout Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, the United States and internationally; and
  • Support our members through professional development opportunities.

Our values are guiding us in the way we work:

  • JUSTICE: We acknowledge environmental education is a segment of environmental justice and supports solutions that affirm the diverse strengths and needs of communities of color, low-income, and other marginalizations, ultimately strengthening our state as a whole.
  • DIVERSITY: We accept that there are many ways to practice and define environmental education, and we celebrate the various experiences of individuals and communities.
  • COLLABORATION: We welcome and engage in conversation with many voices and amplify the voices of marginalized communities to strengthen the environmental education community.
  • COMMUNITY: We continually work on build relationships and establishing trust to provide opportunities for transformation individually, as an organization, and across the environmental education community.

 

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. The past five years, we focused on fostering environmental education throughout the state of Oregon and growing our capacity.

We fostered environmental education in Oregon by:

Read Our Strategic Plan

We are currently 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

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


Our Mission

To cultivate environmental literacy and engagement among diverse community leaders

EEAO is the Oregon affiliate of

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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.