Resources for Community-based Organizations

California Education Leaders: Don’t Miss These Environmental Literacy Webinars! Based on our “Call to Action” tool, these webinars will illustrate how to support teachers in delivering culturally-responsive, multi-disciplinary, standards-based curriculum through distance, in-school, and community-based learning. This series will give practical advice & effective strategies for education leaders to implement environmental literacy initiatives in their counties, districts, or schools. The sessions run from September 16 – December 9, 2020.

California’s Blueprint for Environmental Literacy makes the case that a healthy and safe California relies on residents making wise choices essential to our quality of life. We need the collaboration of educators and administrators from the formal education system; community-based organizations large and small; and parents and community members who understand the needs of their students.

Examining Equitable and Inclusive Work Environments in Environmental Education investigates how environmental education organizations think about and operationalize equity and inclusion in the work environment by gathering perspectives of environmental education leaders and educators of color. The study identifies strategies and tools that contribute to systemic organizational changes to support and retain people of color.

BEETLES is devoted to creating versatile environmental education professional learning materials, student activities for use in the field, a collaborative resource-sharing network of environmental educators, and resources for field instructors, leaders, and teachers.

The Lawrence Hall of Science offers professional development and hands-on learning experiences for schools, communities, and homes. Their programs engage across the learning continuum—from simple curiosity to deep understanding, and are effective in any environment—from informal to afterschool to formal K–12 classrooms.

The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Toolkit helps community partners, parents, students, and educators who seek to improve  education to participate in their local school district budget development process.

The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network fosters regional partnerships throughout California to promote environmental literacy by providing teachers with access to high quality professional learning opportunities and education resources.

The California Outdoor Schools Association is a statewide network of outdoor schools and faculty that are managed by local educational agencies.

The San Mateo County Office of Education has a countywide environmental literacy initiative. Their approach integrates curriculum and instruction, community programs and partnerships, and fosters a shift in institutional culture.

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education is committed to supporting students, teachers, administrators, and community partners to build environmental literacy for all students in their community.

4S: San Francisco, Science, ​Stewardship and Sustainability is a cross-organizational partnership between the San Francisco Unified School District and informal science and environmental education organizations​ to support each other’s work.

Youth Outside strives to ensure that the lived experience of all youth is honored as part of the outdoor experience. They provide grantmaking, capacity building, and training to promote healthy lives and inspire future champions of the planet.