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North Carolina's EE Partners

There are many state, regional, and national organizations that support environmental education efforts in North Carolina. This list represents just a few of the partners our office works with on special projects and grants.

Environmental Educators of North Carolina

Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC) is North Carolina’s affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), an integrated network of professionals in the field of environmental education with membership throughout North America and more than 55 countries.

EENC is a membership-based organization that is run by an elected, volunteer board and a hired executive director. To meet the needs of smaller groups throughout the state, North Carolina is organized into four sections: Western, Piedmont, Central, and Eastern. Committee, section meetings, and retreats occur throughout the year and culminate at the statewide annual conference.


North Carolina Association of Environmental Education Centers

NCAEEC, formed in 1996, works to foster cooperation among our state's Environmental Education Centers. Four specific objectives guide the activities of the NCAEEC:

(1) Establish regular and multiple lines of communication among Environmental Education Centers;
(2) Create and maintain a central clearinghouse of information about Environmental Education Centers;
(3) Build public awareness and support for Environmental Education Centers;
(4) Develop and promote standards of excellence for Environmental Education Centers.

Southeast Environmental Education Alliance

The Southeast Environmental Education Alliance (SEEA) is a network of state affiliates of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) located in the southeastern region of the U.S. Member states include AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN.

Expanding Capacity in Environmental Education Project (EE Capacity)

EE Capacity supports environmental education and youth and community development in the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico. It is working on linking two groups of professionals: (1) established environmental educators who have developed nationally recognized guidelines and curricula and (2) an emerging group of grassroots, urban environmental educators, who focus on environmental restoration and stewardship, community and youth development, and social justice, and who work along city streets, in community gardens, and in other small open spaces in cities.

National Environmental Education Foundation

Chartered by Congress in 1990, The National Environmental Education & Training Foundation (NEEF) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing environmental education in its many forms. We aspire to build a nationwide environmentally literate community that cares for and protects the environment at home, at work, and in its communities.

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North American Association for Environmental Education

NAAEE is the professional association for environmental education. Our members promote professional excellence in nonformal organizations, K-12 classrooms, universities (both instructors and students), government agencies, and corporate settings throughout North America and in over 55 other countries. Since 1971, the Association has created opportunities for its members to improve their skills in creating and delivering programs and services that teach people how to think, not what to think.