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Environmental Education

NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence: Best Practices in EE

The National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education, initiated by NAAEE in 1994, has developed a series of guidelines that set the standards for high-quality environmental education. Each of these publications was developed by a diverse team of professionals, and each has gone through a substantive review by thousands of professionals prior to its publication.

Through the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education, NAAEE is taking the lead in establishing guidelines for the development of balanced, scientifically accurate, and comprehensive environmental education programs and materials. Quality environmental education programs help develop an environmentally literate citizenry that can compete in our global economy; has the skills, knowledge, and inclinations to make well-informed choices; and exercises the rights and responsibilities of members of a community.

Guidelines for Excellence are available for a number of topics, click on the links below to view the Guidelines:


Does you organization seek to promote high quality environmental education programs? Are you searching for credibility, a set of standards or a way to move your programs forward? Then we have your answer: Adopt the Guidelines !

NAAEE and the National Program for Excellence in Environmental Education are encouraging stakeholder groups to adopt the Guidelines and apply them to their work. By adopting the Guidelines, your organization will help develop awareness of the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education, improve the quality of your environmental education practice and build credibility for the field.

If My Organization Adopts the Guidelines What Kind of Commitment Will We Be  Making?

By adopting the Guidelines, your organization/agency is committing to:

  • Promote the Guidelines around your conference or other events you sponsor
  • Promote the Guidelines in your publications
  • Actively reach out to other environmental education leaders and demonstrate how the Guidelines can help increase the quality of environmental education programs
  • Use the Guidelines when developing programs, funding proposals, requests for proposals, & materials


VAEE is a member of the Guidelines Trainers Bureau and is happy to provide presentations, training and the use of NAAEE Guidelines publications. Trainings are tailored to meet the specific needs of the group or organization requesting training and can incorporate one or more of the above topics. To schedule a training or for more information contact VAEE's Professional Learning Chair, Bruce Young

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

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