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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 2013-14 Environmental Education Grant Program Request for Application (RFA) is now closed.

Funding Results


  • Environmental Education Curriculum Resources, including the Education & the Environment Initiative (EEI) Curriculum for integrating environmental concepts into kindergarten through grade twelve lesson plans are available.
    Definitions of Environmental Education, Environmental Science, and Place-based Education.

Statewide Environmental Education Resources

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.

Programs and Initiatives

  • Agricultural Education
    Resources for agriculture education programs, including classroom instruction, leadership, and supervised agricultural experience programs that prepare students for college or entrance into agricultural 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.
  • NOAA California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program External link opens in new window or tab.
    The B-WET Program is an environmental education program that supports locally relevant experiential learning in the kindergarten through grade twelve environment. The primary delivery is through competitive grants.
  • Project Learning Tree External link opens in new window or tab.
    Project Learning Tree® (PLT) is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. PLT is a program of the American Forest Foundation External link opens in new window or tab.. It is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad, and continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence.
  • Project Wet External link opens in new window or tab.
    Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an award-winning, nonprofit water education program and publisher. The program facilitates and promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids and the establishment of internationally sponsored Project WET programs. The Water Education Foundation is the California Coordinator for Project WET.
  • Project Wild K-12, Project WILD Aquatic, and High School Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife External link opens in new window or tab.
    A nationwide environmental education program consisting of activity guides and supplementary environmental materials for kindergarten through grade twelve classrooms, youth groups, home school, and nature centers. Completely revised in 2001, Project Wild encompasses over 165 environmental education activities. The Project Aquatic Activity Guide contains over 48 activities. Science and Civics may be used for teaching field methods and service learning.

Program Questions

Shannon Gordon, e-mail:, tel. 916-319-0190
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Last Reviewed: Monday, September 21, 2015

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