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Environmental Education Schools


What is an EE School?

We invite you to include your school in our directory if your school has programming or features that support environmental education. Does your school have outdoor classroom features such as a school garden, a nature trail, or composting bins? Does your school have a recycling program, an energy or water conservation plan, or a green building design? Do you take field trips to environmental education centers, have an environmental club or host special events such as Earth Day or Walk to School Day? If you answered yes to any of these questions or have another story to tell about how your school shows a comittment to environmental education, then please add your school to our EE School Directory. Below is more information about our EE Schools and other state and national recognition programs for schools.

We also have an online list of nature play and learning places in North Carolina.


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EE Schools, Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs
If your school has programming or features that support environmental education or education for sustainability, and meets the following criteria, please add your school to our EE School Directory:

1. Includes any grade levels from Pre K – 12
2. Agrees to serve as a model for other schools by responding to inquiries, scheduling tours or observations of EE programs and/or facilities as possible, sharing resources as possible etc.
3. Presents fair and accurate information
4. Uses constructive techniques to empower learners to draw and act on their own conclusions
5. Provides educational resources that contain concepts, language, and activities that are developmentally appropriate for the intended audience
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Reading Riding and Retrofit: N.C. Green Schools Program

The mission of Reading Riding and Retrofit: The NC Green Schools Program is to encourage, support and recognize the efforts of all NC Pre K-12 schools that have taken strides to make their schools 21st century institutions of quality and sustainability. Additionally, RRR affirms the mission statement of the Public Schools of North Carolina and works to support and enhance those goals through sustainability initiatives.

By engaging in activities from at least 3 of the categories on the NC Green Schools Rubric, schools can receive recognition and be awarded a certificate of accomplishment in their own state while simultaneously building their portfolio for the National Dept of Education Green Ribbon Awards.

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UTOTES, Resources from the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences
sing The Outdoors to Teach Experiential Science is an exciting elementary teacher education project that demonstrates techniques for using school grounds as educational resources for hands-on learning. Check out the Museum's Workshops at your School for this and other opportunities to help you in becoming an EE School.
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Green Ribbon Schools, U.S. Department of Education The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition award honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways. The recognition award is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices that are proven to result in improved student engagement, higher academic achievement and graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government wide goal of increasing energy independence and economic security.