As one of the largest providers of environmental education in both the state and the country, NatureBridge’s work directly parallels with the AEOE. Both organizations are committed to improving programs across the board, by equipping providers with the right tools and resources. Together, the two are improving outcomes to ensure that each and every child’s outdoor learning experience yields the best results.
“It’s not just that one experience with that one kid, it’s about making the outcomes of all programs and providers better,” said Estrella.
Currently, AEOE is working on the launch of an Environmental Educator certification program for California. This month, the organization is in the midst of hosting its two regional fall conference events and a retreat for program managers in central California. On the heels of a successful Northern fall conference in early November that drew more than 135 attendees, the Southern fall conference will take place November 15 through 17 and include 15+ environmental education workshops.
NAAEE’s influence stretches across North America and around the world, with members in more than 30 countries. NAAEE and its 54 state, provincial, and regional Affiliate organizations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico have more than 16,000 members. These members are professionals with environmental education responsibilities and interests across business, government, higher education, formal (K–12) education, nonformal education, early childhood education, science education and STEM, and other sectors of society.