Association for Environmental & Outdoor education
Our mission is to advance the impact of environmental and outdoor education in California
The National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education, initiated by NAAEE in 1994, developed a series of guidelines that set the standards for high-quality environmental education. Each of these publications was developed by a diverse team of professionals, and each has gone through a substantive review by thousands of professionals prior to its publication. These guides are updated periodically to reflect new research, changing best practices, and an increasing attention to equity and inclusion.
Download the individual PDFs (free) or purchase individual bound copies. Note: The Series set is not available, but individual titles may be downloaded or purchased, below. The Series includes the following titles:
This set of guidelines focuses on community wellness and is designed to help environmental educators create inclusive environments that support effective partnerships and collaborations.
A set of recommendations to be used in the development of comprehensive early childhood environmental education programs or to inform improvements in existing ones.
A set of recommendations for the design and implementation of comprehensive environmental education programs. Completely revised in 2022.
A set of recommendations for developing and selecting environmental education instructional materials. Completely revised in 2021.
Developed to support state and local environmental education efforts by setting expectations for performance and achievement in grades 4, 8, and 12, along with its companion piece, the K-12 Environmental Education: Guidelines for Excellence Executive Summary. Completely revised in 2019.
A set of recommendations for the preparation and continuing education of teachers and other environmental educators. AEOE's Environmental Educator Certification Program uses this set of guidelines as its foundation.