Association for Environmental & Outdoor education

Organization of the year 

AEOE, in partnership with Ten Strands and the California Environmental Literacy Initiative (CAELI), is pleased to offer the 2021 Environmental Education Organization of the Year Award. This award, given annually, recognizes an outstanding organization that is advancing the impact of environmental and outdoor education in California in a meaningful way by offering innovative programs, following research-based best practices, and/or promoting equitable access to environmental learning. 

Any person can nominate an organization for this award and nominees do not need to be AEOE Organizational Members. Nominations are kept on file for one year for future consideration. Each award winner is chosen by the AEOE Awards Committee (including a representative from Ten Strands) and recognized at the annual Spring Statewide Conference.

The 2021 EE Organization of the Year is Youth Outside! Youth Outside advances racial justice and equity in the outdoor and environmental movement. They shift resources to, build power with, and center the voices and leadership of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color because the health of current and future generations demands it. Youth Outside’s vision is of “a just world where Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color experience safety, health, and abundant joy through meaningful relationships with one another and the outdoors.” Read more about their great work here and join us in celebrating their contributions to the field by registering for our statewide conference: aeoe/org/conference-2021

About AEOE

The Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (AEOE) is the professional association for environmental and outdoor education in California, providing programs and practitioners with the tools, resources, and expertise to ensure that future generations are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and experiences necessary to develop lifelong connections to the natural world and the commitment to sustain it. AEOE’s mission is to advance the impact of environmental and outdoor education in California. 

About Ten Strands

Ten Strands’ mission is to strengthen partnerships and strategies that will bring environmental literacy to all of California’s K-12 students. Ten Strands supports professional development opportunities and outdoor education resources so teachers can provide students with engaging environment-based educational experiences both inside and outside the classroom.


The California Environmental Literacy Initiative (CAELI), led by Ten Strands, works statewide with guidance from a leadership council to create systems change in support of environmental literacy with a focus on access, equity, and cultural relevance for all students.


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