New York has joined a national movement in stride with the Children and Nature Network founded by Richard Louv, author of the award-winning book, Last Child in the Woods. This movement is intended to reconnect children to the outdoors, helping them become more capable of making environmentally literate decisions that not only protect the environment but lead to a prosperous economy and healthy citizens.
To help us meet that goal, NYSOEA formed an Environmental Literacy Committee in 2010 to work toward developing a NYS Environmental Literacy Plan following the North American Association for Environmental Education ELP guidelines (http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/elp). The committee has worked with the NYSOEA membership and a wide array of constituents to develop a draft Environmental Literacy Plan, has gathered stakeholders in various parts of NYS that support the endeavor, and has worked with policy makers to begin moving us toward our goal of adopting and implementing a New York State Environmental Literacy Plan.
The NYSOEA Environmental Literacy Committee invites members to contact them by emailing elp (at) nysoea.org for more information or to become part of the growing number of individuals involved in supporting this effort.
The current committee leadership consists of the following individuals:
Mary Leou, Director of the Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education and Professor of Environmental Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, New York University
Beth Shiner Klein, Professor and Interim Chair, Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department, SUNY Cortland
Steering Team Members:
Brock Adler, Environmental Educator and NAAEE representative
Erica Blatt, Assistant Professor of Education, College of Staten Island, CUNY
Paul Hai, Program Coordinator, Adirondack Ecology Center, SUNY ESF
Lia Harris, Ecology Educator, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Susan Hereth, Education Coordinator, Scenic Hudson, Former NYSOEA ELC Chair
Marsha Guzewich, Environmental Educator for NYSDEC, retired
Pam Musk, Director of Centers and Education, Audubon New York
Tim Stanley, Program Coordinator for Sharpe Reservation Fresh Air Fund and current NYSOEA President
MaryLynne Malone, Outdoor and Environmental Education Consultant and former NYSOEA President
- View the latest Environmental Literacy Plan for New York
- Read more about Environmental Literacy
- Become a supporter of Environmental Literacy
- Profiles of Environmental Education in New York State form
Partners for an Environmental Literate New York
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