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Environmental Education and Environmental Literacy

Information on current environmental literacy resources and grant opportunities.

Distance Learning and COVID-19 Science Resources

Guidance and resources for teachers and families in K-12 schools regarding high quality distance learning (Content Resources tab)

Blueprint for Environmental Literacy

Recognizing that critical environmental concerns face California, former 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

Environmental Education Grant Program

The Environmental Education Grant 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.

CDE Programs and Initiatives

  • California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network
    The CREEC Network is a program of the California Department of Education. The CREEC Network is a network supporting the environmental literacy of California’s students by providing teachers with access to high quality environmental education resources.
  • Green Ribbon Schools Award Program
    The California Green Ribbon Schools (CA-GRS) recognition award uses the applications submitted for nomination to the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) to recognize schools and school districts across the state for environmental excellence and demonstrated achievement of the three Pillars of ED-GRS.


Partner Statewide Networks

  • 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.
  • The California Environmental Literacy Initiative (CAELI) External link opens in new window or tab.
    CAELI is a public-private partnership that works with school districts and county offices of education throughout California, building the capacity for all K–12 students to become environmentally literate. CAELI, led by Ten Strands External link opens in new window or tab., works with statewide guidance from a leadership council to support environmental literacy with a focus on access, equity, and cultural relevance.
  • California Outdoor Schools Association
    Information about the California Outdoor Schools Association, a statewide network of outdoor schools and faculty that are managed by local education agencies (LEAs).

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 28, 2020