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Association for Environmental & Outdoor education

AEOE strengthens environmental education in California by connecting providers, building professional expertise, and championing environmental literacy and outdoor learning.


In 2023, AEOE embarked on a collective impact initiative — a landscape analysis of environmental education efforts in California. This project was the result of a collective desire to gain an enhanced understanding of the environmental education providers in our state who are working towards similar goals.

To understand the landscape of environmental education in California, we developed a survey tool and conducted outreach to more than seven hundred environmental education providers. The analysis resulted in the development of resources and tools for looking at the field as a whole. These tools can be used to strengthen environmental education programs in our state; build the capacity of our sector to advance outdoor learning and environmental literacy; and raise awareness for how to make compensation, benefits, recruitment, and hiring in environmental education more equitable.

This effort is led by AEOE and is part of a joint data initiative in partnership with the California Environmental Literacy Initiative (CAELI) and Ten Strands, that focuses on data relevant to Community-Based Partners that operate and provide environmental education programs in California.

This project is made possible through the generous support of the Pisces Foundation, Clarence E. Heller Foundation, Ten Strands, and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). We also appreciate EcoRise, the NAAEE Affiliate Network, and Map Nerd Consulting for their partnership, collaboration, and skills directed towards the project. 

EE Landscape Results & Analysis Tools

EE Provider Survey Analysis Summary

Click here to access the analysis of survey findingsThe survey results provide information about organizational structures, staff, programming, and business models.

EE Provider Survey Dashboard

Click here to explore the findings from the EE provider survey yourself. Adjust the filters on the left to explore the data collected on EE organizations as well as programs. 

California eeGuidance for Equitable Pay & Hiring in Environmental Education

Adopt more inclusive hiring practices and address inequities in compensation and benefits packages to make our field more equitable, welcome, and sustainable. Click here to access to guidelines


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