The Coalition for Conservation and Environmental Education (C2E2 ) facilitates communication, cooperation, collaboration and coordination among the varied environmental education (EE) programs in the state. The Coalition serves the shared interests of public and private agencies and organizations, businesses, teachers and individuals distributing and using environmental education materials.
C2E2 aligned with Gateway to Science in Bismarck in 1997 to create a 501(c)(3) non-profit status. In 2006, it re-aligned with the Sheyenne James RC&D Council (natural resource non-profit) in Valley City.
The Coalition took root when over sixty public and private organizations, agencies and individuals concerned about responsible environmental education met in September of 1995. Participants share a common and compelling vision of "developing a public that is knowledgeable, committed and motivated to take a balanced, active approach for a sustainable environment."
The initial meeting paved the way for a diverse group of stakeholders to begin a long-term process of strengthening EE by sharing ideas, forging new partnerships, enhancing communication, and leveraging scarce resources. The mission of the Coalition is to "prepare stewards of all ages with skills to evaluate issues, make informed choices, act responsibly and take corrective steps to maintain a sustainable environment for present and future generations."
* Elevate the value of environmental education
* Foster a shared responsibility for our natural resources
* Strengthen environmental education opportunities
* Maximize partnerships
* Leverage funding
C2E2 accomplishments to date include:
- generating a "ND EE Strategic State Plan,"
- creating a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to build support and visibility,
- establishing a non-profit organization called the "Coalition for Conservation and Environmental Education" (C2E2),
- embedding EE into ND Science and Social Studies State Content Standards,
- infusing environmental education into the University Program Standards for Teacher Education in Science and Social Studies,
- building a web site to serve as a clearinghouse for information,
- sponsoring an Outstanding Environmental Award for regional and state Science Fairs,
- selecting National Youth Science Camp scholarship winners for the governor from 2000-2012,
- launching a high school, natural resource competition called the Envirothon in 2000 (ND took 10th out of 52 teams in 2004 at the Canon National Envirothon) and in 2014 we will have almost 90 teams from 35 schools participating),
- producing Trading Cards of trees, macroinvertebrates and soils, and
- becomming an Affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).
"Guidelines for Excellence" Workshop
ND Heritage Center
June 19, 2014 - Bismarck, ND
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Teachers, administrators, parents, home-schoolers, and natural resource educators looking for
K-12 resources to help develop, select or implement effective environmental education, are invited to attend the Guidelines for Excellence professional development workshop sponsored by the Coalition for Conservation and Environmental Education (C2E2). The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bismarck at the ND Heritage Center on the State Capitol grounds, Thursday, June 19, 2014.
The workshop will provide a set of voluntary guidelines for environmental literacy achievement. The guidelines support state and local education efforts by setting learner expectations for environmental literacy in the 4th, 8th and 10-12th grades. These materials will help prepare students to think about difficult decisions they may have to make concerning environmental stewardship to work together to improve, and try to solve, environmental problems in our communities and state.
The instructor is Dr. Bora Simmons from the University of Oregon, and founding director for the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education. She received her PhD in Natural Resources/Environmental Education from the University of Michigan; a M.S. in Natural Resources/Environmental Education from Humboldt State University, and is a graduate from UC Berkeley.
Participants driving from communities outside of Bismarck/Mandan will be reimbursed for mileage to and from the workshop at 56 cents per mile for the first 25 that register, will receive a free noon luncheon and snacks; and two sets of guidelines. The deadline to register is June 12. The workshop is free to participants thanks to a grant from the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education, and the US EPA Office of Environmental Education. To register or for more information, contact Glenda.Fauske@ndsu.edu or call (701) 228-5446.
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