A Blueprint for Change: CAELI’s Theory of Action Revised

What is a Theory of Action? Great question, I’m so glad you asked. There are several definitions, but here are a few that will give us a general understanding. A theory of action is a hypothesis about what will happen when a set of strategies is implemented. Developing a theory of action requires using critical … READ MORE

Actualizing Water Justice and Equity in California Through Educational and Environmental Policy

Save California Salmon (SCS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to policy change and community advocacy for Northern California’s salmon and fish-dependent people. SCS supports the fisheries and water protection work of the local communities, and advocates effective policy change for clean water, restored fisheries, and vibrant communities. SCS aims to support Tribes and the general … READ MORE

Building Environmental Education Networks Across a Diverse Region: Q&A with Nathan Fairchild

The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network program has a new structure that will promote increased collaboration among educators through three new CREEC Network hubs: CREEC North, CREEC Central, and CREEC South. “The new CREEC Hub structure is helping in counties where the county office of education is unable to bring people in the … READ MORE

Q&A With Green Schools National Network’s Jennifer Seydel

Green Schools National Network is a nonprofit dedicated to whole-school and whole-district sustainability that shifts the paradigm to transform school cultures so students become changemakers, not just test-takers, prepared to live in and lead a sustainable future. Green Schools helps schools integrate sustainability and systems thinking into leadership, curriculum, instruction, culture, climate, facilities, and operations. … READ MORE

CAELI Community-Based Partner Hub Continues to Connect Leaders to Local Environment-Based Learning Opportunities

The CAELI Community-Based Partner (CBP) Hub launched in spring 2021 with the goal of increasing visibility and access to environmental education partners. It was a vital need for the environmental literacy space and has served as a reliable central repository for districts, schools, and teachers to identify programs that align with their local needs and … READ MORE

Green Schools and Environmental Education Thrive in Ventura County

Since the launch of CAELI’s Innovation Hubs, leaders across California have used the network to collaborate and grow a community of teachers and administrators committed to creating equitable access to environmental education. With a diverse leadership collaborating within CAELI’s expanding membership, we welcome leaders from various roles in education to create systemic change for California’s … READ MORE

New CAELI Innovation Hub Structure Focuses on Equity and Inclusion

In early 2021, the California Environmental Literacy Initiative (CAELI) sought to center its work in equity, diversify representation, and move to a model of self-governance when it launched a new innovation hub structure. The change has resulted in a far-reaching system of inclusion that has championed new ideas and voices collaborating to achieve environmental literacy … READ MORE

Q&A with Oglala Lakota Activist and Educator Mark Tilsen

On October 11, we celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day and honored the history and Indigenous cultures in our community and beyond. The California Environmental Literacy Initiative is striving to achieve a culture of gratitude and recognition throughout the year. In this week’s article, we interviewed Mark Tilsen Jr., an Oglala Lakota poet and educator from the … READ MORE

Growing Up Wild: Fostering Youth Development through Education and Environmental Stewardship

Youth reminds us of the curiosity and awe we all once held of the world around us. That same curiosity lays the foundation of science-based inquiry. Even when constrained, youth creates dreams, possibilities, and innovation. In this month’s interview, Ismael Cruz, founder of Growing Up Wild, talks about his journey in connecting youth to nature, fostering environmental stewardship, and creating an equitable approach to outdoor education.

Closing the Gap: Environmental Education Means Amplifying the Power of Communities to Make Systemic Change

In this month’s interview, Marcos Trinidad, Director at the Audubon Center at Debs Park, explores the ways in which community engagement isn’t just important to effective environmental educators — rather, environmental educators must critically focus on integrating environmental education into community organizing and activism if we hope for it to be truly impactful in the day-to-day lives of students and communities.