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May 18, 2015 - Navajo Students Win the National Environmental Education Foundation’s First Schoolyard STEM Lab. Samsung and the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) awarded its first-ever Schoolyard STEM Lab to the students and teachers of Nizhoni Elementary School in Shiprock, N.M.

May 14, 2015 - Dr. George Basile Appointed to NEEF’s Board. Pioneer in Business Sustainability and ASU Professor, Dr. George Basile, joins NEEF’s Board of Directors.

May 14, 2015 - Dr. Raul Perea-Henze Appointed to NEEF’s Board. Former Presidential Appointee, Corporate Leader, and Physician Dr. Raul Perea-Henze joins NEEF’s Board of Directors.

April 2, 2015 - NEEF Announces Extreme Weather & Climate Change Online Course. NEEF has launched a free online course devoted to helping the American public understand and prepare for the impacts of extreme weather and climate change. In the course, students learn "the basics" about extreme weather and climate change through videos, quizzes and toolkits with tips and links to preparedness resources. The course is hosted on the Udemy online learning platform. 

January 31, 2015 - Hispanic Families Invited to Participate in Houston Tree Planting Event. Hispanic families in the Houston area participated in a special event honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Arbor Day in the City of Houston as part of the National Environmental Education Foundation’s (NEEF) “Nuestros Espacios Verdes Día a Día” or “Our Green Spaces Every Day” campaign.

September 25, 2014 - David Kiser Appointed to NEEF Board of Directors.  Mr. Kiser, Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability for International Paper Company, a global leader in the packaging and paper industry, joins the Board of Directors at the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

February 26, 2014 -- Jacqueline M. Thomas Appointed to NEEF’s Board. Jacqueline M. Thomas, vice president of corporate responsibility at Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc., joins NEEF’s Board of Directors.

January 23, 2014 – NEEF accepts the donation of a 2014 Toyota Prius. The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) today accepted the donation of a 2014 Toyota Prius, the world’s first hybrid vehicle and a symbol of TOYOTA’s long-standing commitment to environmental awareness and to its community.

Carlos Alcazar Appointed to NEEF’s Board -- Carlos Alcazar, President and CEO of the Hispanic Communications Network, joins NEEF's Board of Directors. Read more.

Shannon Schuyler Appointed to NEEF’s Board -- Shannon Schuyler, a principal with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and distinguished leader in corporate responsibility efforts, joins NEEF’s Board of Directors. Read more.

WASHINGTON, January 23, 2014 –The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) today accepted the donation of a 2014 Toyota Prius, the world’s first hybrid vehicle and a symbol of TOYOTA’s long-standing commitment to environmental awareness and to its community.

June 3, 2013 – Decker Anstrom Appointed Chairman of the Board at NEEF. With a distinguished career in business and public service, Anstrom becomes Chairman of the Board of Directors.

May 28, 2013 – Megan Reilly Cayten Appointed to NEEF Board of Directors. Cayten is a social entrepreneur and co-founder & CEO of Catrinka. She was appointed pursuant to the National Environmental Education Act by former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

May 2, 2013 – NEEF is Proud to Announce Samsung as a Corporate Sponsor. Sponsorship will advance Green STEM teaching and learning culminating in National Environmental Education Week, with Samsung as the official national sponsor of EE Week 2014.

April 15, 2013 - National EE Week 2013 Highlights How Technology Can Get Kids Outdoors & Learning. National Environmental Education Week starts today - the nation's largest celebration of environmental education - and will spotlight ways by which technology can enhance environmental learning.

January 24, 2013 – Children and Nature Initiative Expands to New Orleans. The workshop marks expansion of training - and connecting children with nature - to more than 20 locations around the nation.

December 4, 2012 – NEEF & PwC Launch Free Financial Education for Public Lands Organizations. To boost the capacity of public lands groups nationwide in supporting parks and other public lands, NEEF and PwC have launched free, online financial training at the Public Lands Every Day website.

October 22, 2012 – NEEF Announces Winners of the Bartlett Environmental Education Award. After a nationwide search, NEEF selected Deborah Wasylik, a high school science teacher in Orlando, Fla., as the winner of this year’s Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by teachers in advancing environmental education at their schools.

September 17, 2012 - More than 170,000 Volunteers Expected on National Public Lands Day, September 29. Volunteers in every state will visit parks, public and community gardens, beaches, wildlife preserves or forests and chip in to help these treasured places that belong to all Americans. They will improve and restore the lands and facilities the public uses for recreation, education, exercise and connecting with nature.

July 31, 2012 -  New Grant Funding for Outdoor Youth Programs. NEEF and its partners have launched the America’s Great Outdoors: Connecting Youth to the Outdoors 2012 Grants, aimed at increasing the number of youth recreating, learning and volunteering on public lands.

June 4, 2012 - Students Help Solve Real-World Water Challenges. Be Water Wise DC participants presented their ideas on water conservation and reducing stormwater runoff from city streets.

May 21, 2012 - Three U.S. Public High Schools Win Sustainable Energy Award. The award, sponsored by Samsung, highlights the schools for their sustainability efforts and student involvement. 

March 28, 2012 - U.S. Forest Service, NEEF Connect Kids with Nature through Prescriptions for Fun, Better Health. The U.S. Forest Service is offering its 193 million acres of forests and grasslands as a prescription for healthier kids through an initiative of the National Environmental Education Foundation that connects children to nature.

March 12, 2012 - National Environmental Education Week Hopes to Inspire New Generation of Innovators. This year the nation’s largest environmental education event will take learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) into the environment. National Environmental Education Week, or EE Week, will take place around the nation April 15-21, 2012; its theme is Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning.

December 12, 2011 - Toyota Makes $3 Million Grant Toward Public Lands Across Nation as Part of America's Great Outdoors Initiative. The grants helps community-based groups supporting parks and other public lands.

December 8, 2011 - Sustainable Energy Award Launched. Sponsored by Samsung, the $10,000 award will recognize three high schools for their school-wide energy efficiency efforts involving technology innovatively and creatively.

October 19, 2011 – Innovative Water Education Program Starts in D.C. Schools. Be Water Wise DC Underway at 15 Elementary, Middle & High Schools. 

September 22, 2011 – U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin to Speak at National Public Lands Day Signature Event in Washington, D.C.  National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 24 to highlight connection between health and time spent outdoors.

September 21, 2011 - More than 180,000 Volunteers Expected Across the Country for National Public Lands Day, September 24. Volunteers in every state and Washington, D.C. will visit national and local parks, beaches, wildlife preserves, forests and more to help improve these treasured places.

September 19, 2011 – NEEF & GreenBiz Release New Report.  A culture of sustainability is taking root in companies as part of their environmental & sustainability employee engagement. The report also marks the launch of a new NEEF – GreenBiz Group partnership.

June 28, 2011 – 22 Volunteer Organizations Awarded “Every Day Grants” to Strengthen Their Work on Behalf of Public Lands. The $5,000 grants, made possible with funding from Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., will help improve each group’s capacity to assist our national and local parks and other public lands.

June 20, 2011 — D.C. Students to Help Solve Local Stormwater Challenges in the Anacostia and Potomac Watersheds. District students and their teachers will help solve water challenges in the Anacostia and Potomac watersheds and learn how to protect and conserve local water resources as part of an innovative, hands-on environmental education program, Be Water Wise DC.

June 9, 2011 — School's Out for Summer: Time to Hit the Parks.  Public lands are available for all people to enjoy – in every community. They include national parks like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone as well as state and county parks and the public green spaces in your own community. Summer vacation is the perfect opportunity for school weary kids to spend time at their favorite neighborhood park – whether it’s participating in sports, hiking with friends, or enjoying a family barbeque.

May 5, 2011 — Bothell, Wash., Teacher Wins National Environmental Prize. John Schmied, a seventh grade science teacher at Skyview Junior High in Bothell, Wash., has been awarded the 2011 Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award for his outstanding teachings on the importance of being an environmentally-responsible citizen. Read the press release.

April 14, 2011 — Boulder's New Vista High School (NVHS) has won the 2011 Green Prize in Public Education, which includes a $10,000 award and national recognition for the school‟s comprehensive greening initiatives. Read the press release.  Read about the merit winners — New Vista High School - Boulder, Colo.; Waters Elementary School  -  Chicago, Ill.; Common Ground High School - New Haven, Conn.

April 6, 2011 — 10 High School Students Win Wildlife Conservation Grants. Ten  high school students from around the country were selected to receive funding to implement their own wildlife conservation project in their local communities. Read the release.

April 6, 2011 —  Educators Nationwide Awarded Classroom Earth Grants. Twenty classroom educators from around the country were selected to take part in an online graduate course, offered by Wildlife Conservation Society. Read the release.

March 4, 2011 —  Earth Gauge Now Available in Spanish. Millions of Americans learn critical environmental information from people they trust – broadcast meteorologists – through the NEEF’s Earth Gauge program. Through a new initiative, Calibrando La Tierra (or Earth Gauge), the program now offers the same practical, science-based information for Spanish-language viewers through translated tips.

January 25, 2011 —  NEEF Seeks Outstanding Environmental Educators for National Prize.  NEEF announced it will seek applications from middle school teachers across the country with a demonstrated passion for environmental education.

January 20, 2011  — Decker Anstrom Joins National Environmental Education Foundation Board of Trustees. Mr. Anstrom, who was appointed by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, has a distinguished career in both business and public service. He serves on the Board of Directors of Comcast Corporation and recently retired as president of Landmark Communications. He also serves on the boards of nonprofits.

January 6, 2011  — National Public Lands Day 2011 Declared a Fee-Free Day at National Parks. It only happens a handful of times each year. National Parks across the country waive entry fees for visitors. And for the more than 175,000 Americans who will pitch in on National Public Lands Day 2011, it can mean a free weekend to visit treasured National Parks.

December 14, 2010  — NEEF Announces Green Prize in Public Education. NEEF, with major support from the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation and in partnership with EarthEcho Inc., will award a $10,000 Green Prize in Public Education to an outstanding public school that demonstrates success in engaging students, faculty and their local community in school greening efforts.

December 9, 2010  — Planet Connect Announces Grants for High School Students. High school students around the country interested in protecting and teaching their communities about local wildlife have a chance to get projects and internships funded.

November 17, 2010 — NEEF's Grants Go Paperless. NEEF announced today that it will save pounds of paper by moving to an online grant system. The new system will, in addition to conserving resources, streamline the application process for hundreds of teachers, students, land managers, nonprofits and others who apply for grants each year. 

November 8, 2010 — Three D.C. Area Schools Awarded Grants for Water Education, Conservation Projects. The elementary schools, located in Arlington, Hyattsville and Washington, D.C. each received $1,000 grants from HSBC Bank USA to fund projects that will create school gardens, irrigation systems and allow for the purchase of water-efficient fixtures.

September 29 — 17th annual National Public Lands Day draws record numbers of volunteers. Administration leaders, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, college students, conservation networks, neighbors and corporate groups made up a volunteer force of more than 170,000 this weekend who pitched in for the 17th annual National Public Lands Day.

September 23 —It's the biggest year yet for National Public Lands Day! This Saturday, more than 170,000 Americans will volunteer at 2,000 sites in all 50 states. In support of public lands, employees from federal government agencies, nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies will take part in our nation's largest one-day service event. 

September 22, 2010 — EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley to Participate in National Public Lands Day Event. This Saturday, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley will speak at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, one of 2,000 National Public Lands Day sites, for the nation’s largest one-day outdoor volunteer event.

September 20, 2010 — Children and Nature Initiative Trains Health Care Professionals to Get Kids Outside. Twenty-five pediatric health care professionals will convene this month to be trained as "nature champions" for children as part of the National Environmental Education Foundation's Children and Nature Initiative. The unique program prepares health care providers to "prescribe" outdoor activities for their patients. Each champion will train 30 of their peers to reach thousands of patients and their families around the country. 

Manny DiazAugust 16, 2010 —  Manny Diaz, Former Mayor of Miami, Joins Board. The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) this month welcomes its newest board member, Manuel Alberto Diaz, mayor of Miami until 2009 and immediate past president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.  Mayor Diaz was appointed to the Board by EPA Administrator Jackson.

July 8, 2010 — 10 Facts You Didn't Know About Public Lands.  After celebrating our nation’s Independence Day, and with National Public Lands Day (NPLD) events being scheduled for the fall, now is a perfect time to learn more about the public lands in your neighborhood and around the country.

July 1, 2010 — Celebrate July 4th on Your Public Lands.This weekend, millions will enjoy public lands as they celebrate Independence Day, from fireworks on the Mall to vacations in majestic National Parks to picnics at green spaces in cities. Learn about some of America's beloved public lands and volunteer for National Public Lands Day on September 25.

June 7, 2010 — Classroom Earth Grant Winner Announced. Ten high school teachers from around the country received a financial boost for innovative environmental education projects intheir high schools.

NPLD outdoorsMay 25, 2010 — Time Outdoors Linked to Prevention of Childhood Ailments. Health problems resulting from children’s increasingly sedentary lifestyles have been well documented. NEEF's programs, including our Children and Nature Initiative and National Public Lands Day, help health care professionals and families to get outdoors for better health.

May 18, 2010 — Children and Nature. Using a unique program that enlists leading health care providers to train their colleagues, the National Environmental Education Foundation this month launched an initiative designed to help pediatricians and other health care professionals to improve children’s health by "prescribing" outdoor activity. 

April 30, 2010 — Dr. Kenneth Olden Joins Board. The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) this month welcomes its newest board member, Dr. Kenneth Olden, chairman of the Avon Foundation Scientific Advisory Board and founding dean of the City University of New York School of Public Health.

April 14, 2010 —  Be Water Wise Atlanta Launched. Students, with help from guests from the city of Atlanta, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, educational leaders and other organizations, undertook a water measurement water activity at Burgess-Peterson Academy to learn how to conserve resources and save money for their school as part of an innovative new program, Be Water Wise Atlanta. The school is one of 14 participating in the program, which involves students from kindergarten to high school. 

April 12, 2010 —  It’s EE Week!   EE Week, a project of the National Environmental Education Foundation, runs from April 11-17, features field trips, class exercises, outdoor classrooms, school garden planting and other activities at schools, nature centers and museums. This year’s focus on the connection between water and energy will help K-12 students better understand how usage of each affects the other and empower students to come up with strategies for conservation.

April 8, 2010 --  Lockheed Martin this week announced new green initiatives to reach its 140,000 employees, their families and communities. The orchestrated effort is rolling out in conjunction with National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), the largest organized environmental education event in the United States.

Recent News

  • 10/08/2009: The staff from NEEF visits Sidwell Friends middle school a LEED Platinum certified building. Read the full story.
  • 09/25/2009:  President Barack Obama signed a proclamation recognizing September 26, 2009, as National Public Lands Day. National Public Lands Day was also featured on the administration's website devoted to service at
  • 09/17/2009: Local teacher wins national learning grant (Times-Gazette) -- The National Environmental Education Foundation, in partnership with The Weather Channel, has awarded local teacher Emily Wilson, along with 18 other high school teachers nationwide, with a grant designed to bring environmental awareness into the classroom, according to a press release issued by NEEF.
  • 09/16/2009: Celebrate National Public Lands Day with FWC (WCTV, Tallahassee, Fla.) -- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites people from Central Florida to roll up their sleeves Sept. 26 for National Public Lands Day. Those who volunteer for light work will help maintain and improve wild lands and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow volunteers.




  • Free CME/MOC credits available through American College of Preventive Medicine's webcast featuring NEEF's Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma Guidelines' lead author, James Roberts, MD, MPH. (Registration required)

STEM inforgraphicNational Environmental Education Week

View this infographic to learn more about our EE Week multi-year theme—Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning.


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