We're Here to Make a Difference
Established by the National Environmental Education Act (NEEA) in 1990, NEEF has over three decades of experience in cultivating an environmentally conscious and responsible public.
Here is how we made a difference in 2022.
NEEF raises $4 for every dollar of NEEA funding it receives
The number of people NEEF’s programs reached in 2022
We mobilize public and private funding to support community-based projects and respond to critical and emerging needs in the fields of K-12 education, public land conservation, and health.
We promote environmental literacy and behavior change among groups such as public lands managers, health professionals, educators, and corporate employees, who then share this information with their own constituents and communities.
We partner with educators, public lands groups, environmental organizations, local communities, and others who share our mission of making the environment more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.
Greening STEM Grants
Generously supported by both public and private donors, Greening STEM grants play a pivotal role in diversifying the future STEM workforce. They enable schools to engage in meaningful environmental investigations, enhancing students' understanding of STEM concepts in real-world contexts.
These projects, ranging from prairie restoration in Iowa to virtual biodiversity training for middle school faculty in Miami-Dade, receive grant funding, as well as logistic support, and additional guidance.
Picture this: It's a beautiful summer Saturday. You've been looking forward to checking out the new hiking...
Visually Impaired Students Gain Access to Nature Through Sound thanks to the Driving Mobility and...
Toyota, the National Environmental Education Foundation and Land Trust of North Alabama collaborate on three...
I've been doing this work for 25-plus years, and rarely did I see foundations cover anything related to getting [the disability community] outdoors. When I first learned of the grant, I was super excited...I went to [NEEF’s] website and I was like ‘Oh wow, this organization’s really getting it.
National Public Lands Day
On Saturday, September 24, 2022, over 50,000 volunteers participated in community events to help restore and improve public lands across the country as part of the 29th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD). Events included cleaning the wall of names at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, releasing captive-bred California condors at the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona, and restoring the habitat of the endangered New England cottontail rabbit at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Maine.
We are still recovering from the extraordinary period of the last two years. The 2022 impact numbers indicate a gradual return to group volunteering activities.
Miles of Trail Impacted
Pounds of Trash Collected
Square Feet of Invasive Species Removed
K-12 Education Impact
NEEF’s Greening STEM model engages students at high need schools in hands-on environmental investigations in their communities making STEM relevant and connected to students’ daily lives.
73% of the schools served by Greening STEM grants receive federal Title I funds
NEEF, Samsung, and EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program hosted the fourth year of the Climate Superstars Challenge, a month-long contest that challenged sixth-through eighth-grade classrooms to get excited about the environment and how they can take an active role in caring for its future.
Performing Artist and UN Youth Leader, AY Young, gives an exclusive concert for students at Crystal Lake Middle School in Florida.
NEEF Health Impact
Pediatric Asthma Initiative
NEEF's Creating Asthma-Friendly Environments online e-learning course module was completed by 644 school nurses. Based on the National Association of School Nurses’ recommended 1,000 students per school nurse, this equated to a potential impact of approximately 644,000 students.
In observance of Asthma Awareness Month in May, NEEF partnered with celebrity influencer Dr. Wendy Osefo to raise awareness of pediatric asthma and promote NEEF's Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma educational resources. The recorded video presentation received 46,800 Instagram views
Health and Nature Initiative
NEEF, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, presented "Using Nature to Improve Mental Health and Wellbeing," a panel discussion on mental health and the power of nature and greenspaces. The topic attracted 420 registrants, and the recorded webinar has nearly 400 views.
Amplify Your Impact
Meaningful, lasting change is possible when we work together. NEEF leverages its National Environmental Education Act (NEEA) appropriation to raise public and private matching funds at a ratio of 4:1, creating value and amplifying the impact of our partners.
NEEF's resources help make the environment more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.
Dive into WaterViz: Accessible STEM for visually impaired students. NEEF and USDA-funded project offers a...
Explore Saguaro National Park's innovative environmental education program, engaging local youth in wildlife...