COVID-19 Environmental Education Policies and Resources COVID-19 Educator Support Database The N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs has added an extra search feature that provides online and remote professional development options for environmental educators, EE program managers and EE Center professionals (managers and staff at parks, forests, gardens, arboretums, zoos, etc.). It also includes easy-to-access and integrate remote learning resources for parents, caregivers and teachers. Go to our resource database and under "Resource Type" select "COVID-19 Education Support." Press enter or tap the orange search button on the bottom right. North Carolina Environmental Education Certification Temporary Policy Changes Due to Governor Cooper’s emergency declaration and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19, the N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs will grant individual extensions to certification deadlines equivalent to the timeframe that the North Carolina state of emergency is in place, if needed by the enrolled participant. For easier administration, extensions will be rounded into 30-day increments as needed. This pertains to individuals actively enrolled in N.C. Environmental Education Certification program and those already certified who are completing continuing education. The N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs encourages Environmental Education Certification Program participants to continue online training (Criteria III and Continuing Education), and remote and independent study outdoor professional development (Criteria II and Continuing Education) during the COVID-19 State of Emergency, but please keep your personal, family and community safety in mind. It is essential to follow national, state and local directives on closures and social distancing if an experience requires outdoor activity. Criteria II. Please email the EE Certification Program Managers for approval before starting an independent study Criteria II or before offering a remote Criteria II experience. Criteria III and Continuing Education. Note that webinars and online courses related to environmental education have always been eligible for Criteria III and CE. Please provide an EE Form and documentation of completion if possible, but we are being flexible during the state of emergency. If you cannot attach an EE Form, please clearly note the title of the experience, the date, hour(s) and give a brief description of the experience in your email to email@example.com. Online Criteria I Options. This is a good time to complete the Basics of Environmental Education if you have not submitted it, which is always available on our website. It’s Our Water also has a free online version eligible for Criteria I. Contact Lauren.Daniel@ncdenr.gov if you have questions or to register. During the state of emergency, we are also approving the online versions of Project Learning Tree K-8 and Project Learning Tree Environmental Education for Early Childhood for Criteria I credit, even if you have taken the regular 6-10 hour PLT K-8 and/or PLT Environmental Education for Early Childhood workshops previously. If you have not taken the face-to-face versions, you will be allowed to retain the online credits even if you take the face-to-face versions later.