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Environmental Education

Information on current environmental education resources, special events, and grant opportunities.

Blueprint for Environmental Literacy

Recognizing that critical environmental concerns face California, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson convened the California Environmental Literacy Task Force to think deeply about how to build a future for an environment that is sustainable, healthy, prosperous, and equitable. The resulting report, A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy: Educating Every Student In, About, and For the Environment provides guiding strategies and recommendations to realize the ambitious goal of achieving environmental literacy for all California students.


A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy: Educating Every Student In, About, and For the Environment (PDF)
Accessible Alternate Version of A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy

The Environmental Education Program has the primary purpose of supporting programs and projects which will result in long-term educational benefits to potentially all California educators and/or students. The state legislature approved the allocation of Environmental License Plate Funds (ELPF) to the California Department of Education (CDE) to support the distribution of funds through the Environmental Education Program.

Environmental Education Grant Program

The 2016-17 Environmental Education Grant Program Request for Application (RFA) is now available.

Funding Results

CDE Programs and Initiatives

  • Career Technical Education
    A program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.
  • California Partnership Academies
    The academy model is a three-year program, grades 10-12, structured as a school-within-a-school. Academies incorporate integrated academic and career technical education, viable business partnerships, mentoring and internships. Academies include environmental science, natural resources, environmental studies, green energy, and environmental technology.
  • CREEC Network External link opens in new window or tab.
    A statewide project, directed by the CDE, providing educators with high quality environmental education resources. See the CREEC Resource Directory External link opens in new window or tab. to access a searchable database of resources in your county, region, or statewide.
  • Education and the Environment Initiative External link opens in new window or tab.
    The mission of the Education and Environment Initiative is to develop a unified strategy to bring education about the environment into school districts using the Model Curriculum Plan and California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.


Partnering Agencies

  • California Environmental Education Interagency Network (CEEIN)
    Consortium of the CDE, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the California Natural Resources Agency, and the Department of Food and Agriculture that supplies environmental educational services, materials, and programs. Access curriculum and resources for each participating agency through this link.
  • State Education and Environment Roundtable (SEER) External link opens in new window or tab.
    A cooperative endeavor of 16 state departments of education working to enhance student achievement through environment-based education.

Program Questions

Shannon Gordon, e-mail:, tel. 916-319-0190
Alice Ng, e-mail:, tel. 916-323-4636

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, January 28, 2016

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