Basics of Environmental Education

Course Materials

This is an independent study and can be completed on your own time. It is a prerequisite for taking the Methods of Teaching Environmental Education workshop, which is also a required course for North Carolina Environmental Education Certification. The Basics of Environmental Education consists of a group of readings with corresponding reflection questions, a self-assessment activity, and two online learning modules from the North American Assocation for Environmental Education.

Participants are encouraged to complete the readings and activities in the sequential order for full understanding. Your completed answers to the discussion questions should be between 40-200 words, depending on the depth of the question. Do not submit answers to the discussion questions until all are completed.

You can download the questions as a pdf or as a Word document:

Basics of EE Independent Study Questions

Your answers should be sent as an attachment to subject line should be your full name and Basics of EE. Example: John Doe – Basics of EE. The Basics of EE counts as 10 hours in Criteria I; an EE Form is not necessary. You will be notified when your response has been accepted.

Articles and Activities for the Basics of Environmental Education

The articles and activities needed for the Basics are hyperlinked within the pdf and Word Basics of Independent Study Questions documents and we have also included them here for your convenience, along with the corresponding item number. 

2.) What is EE?  

3.) The Tbilisi Declaration

4.) The History of EE  

5.) Captive and Noncaptive Audiences - A Story about How I Arrived at the Idea and What I Mean by It  (Appendix 4 from Making a Difference on Purpose, Sam H. Ham) 

6.) A Sense of Wonder for Young Minds  David Orr

7.) Beyond Ecophobia David Sobel 

8.) Two Hats John Hug

9.) Should Action Be a Goal? No J. Kwong

    Should Action Be a Goal? Yes Rick Wilke

10.) National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education - The Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators

      Self-Assessment (hard copy)

11. Review the EE Organization and Agency Information document. Our Partners page can provide more details if desired.


(Optional) Watch Meaning Making as the Endgame of Interpretation Sam H. Ham