Virginia Association

for 

Environmental Education

MISSION & VALUES

VAEE’s Mission is to advance environmental literacy in Virginia, for all Virginians, through the power of environmental education by promoting excellence, fostering collaboration, and inspiring community engagement. 

Our Vision

We believe in an environmentally literate, resilient, and equitable Virginia where environmental and social responsibility inspire and drive individual, institutional, and community choices.  We envision a future where Virginia’s natural and cultural resources are valued and protected for future generations and where every Virginian has access to high-quality, inclusive, and meaningful environmental education.

Who We Serve

By investing in environmental education leaders and practitioners representing a variety of educational experiences and perspectives, VAEE directly serves Virginia’s community of environmental educators both formal and nonformal and with indirect benefits to the Commonwealth’s students, decision makers and general citizenry. 

Our organization is a 501(c)3 non-profit, governed by bylaws that are voted on by our members. The organization is led by a volunteer board of directors elected annually  

VALUES THAT INFORM OUR WORK

About VAEE

Resilient

We embrace change and move forward through challenges while striving for growth and stability”

Inclusive

We value and respect the diversity of people, ideas, and cultures. Equity is essential to our success and we celebrate the differences which drive our achievements and social progress.

Impact Driven

We focus on the outcomes and impact of our work. We seek specific, measurable outcomes in the work we do.

Collaborative

We know our efforts are strengthened when we as individuals work together to advance environmental literacy.  

Community Oriented

We build relationships throughout our community in an effort to create the bonds that allow for advancing our collective goals.  

Optimistic

We know that change is possible, and we are confident that the work we do creates lasting change.

Sustainable

We approach our activities mindfully and intentionally to ensure our actions promote good stewardship

VAEE is proud to serve as the Virginia Affiliate of the North America Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). NAAEE and its 52 affiliate organizations form the largest network of environmental educators in the country, connecting us to 150,000 educators annually.  Together, we are a driving force for creating a more environmentally literate community through education. Learn More.  


VAEE has adopted the National Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education, established by NAAEE to guide the development of balanced, scientifically accurate, and comprehensive environmental education programs.  Learn More.

The Virginia Association for Environmental Education is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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