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 articles, videos, online courses, and a WebQuest that you will go through. Then you will answer the follow-up discussion questions.

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 Activites for Basics of EE

*Note: Before you begin the readings, please answer question number one from the Basics questions:

1.) "As you begin this independent study section, reflect on your involvement and role in environmental education. How would you describe environmental education to a friend or family member?"

2.) What is EE?  This is a NAAEE eePRO Module 

3.) The Tbilisi Declaration

4.) The History of EE  This is a NAAEE eePRO Module 

5.) Two Hats John Hug

6.) Meaning Making as the Endgame of Interpretation Sam H. Ham 

7.) 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) 

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

    Should Action Be a Goal? Yes Rick Wilke

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

10.) Beyond Ecophobia David Sobel 

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

      Self-Assessment (hard copy)

      Self-Assessment (online)

12. Complete the "EE Organization and Agency "Alphabet Soup!" Activity. Our Partners page will help with this activity. This activity is automatically graded and submitted, so be sure to select "View Accuracy" which will appear when you complete the form. 

13. The "Reflection" question is required, even if you do not feel your definition of EE changed from your first answer. Please refer to the Basics Questionaire for guidance.