ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION

Advancing the impact of environmental and outdoor education in California!

aka California Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (AEOE)   |   San Jose, CA   |  https://aeoe.org/

Mission

Our mission is to advance the impact of environmental and outdoor education in California.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Estrella Risinger

Main address

2066 N. Capitol Ave Suite 3028

San Jose, CA 91932 USA

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EIN

95-4819097

NTEE code info

Professional Societies & Associations (C03)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Environmental education is “the education we need for the world we want.” We believe that everyone has the right to the physical, social, emotional, and academic benefits of learning outdoors. Unfortunately, too many of our young people are disconnected from the natural world and don't have access to meaningful learning experiences outdoors. As the professional association for environmental and outdoor education in California, AEOE provides programs and practitioners with the tools, resources, and expertise to ensure that future generations are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and experiences necessary to develop lifelong connections to the natural world and the commitment to sustain it.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

California Statewide Environmental Education Spring Conference

Enjoy a choice of 60+ workshops in environmental education, networking, job fair, photo contest, keynote and entertainment.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Conference includes 15+ environmental education workshops, a Keynote Speaker, and Saturday night campfire entertainment.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Conference includes 15+ environmental education workshops, a Keynote Speaker, and Saturday night campfire entertainment.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Environmental & Outdoor School Managers Retreat strives to increase the quality of environmental education across California, and provide a platform for fellow outdoor science school and camp managers to collaborate, share best practices, and socialize with colleagues.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Environmental Educator Certification Program (EECP) draws together stewards and educators of the environment into a structured and effective initiative, strengthening the community of environmental educators across the state. Environmental education is necessary if we are to address the challenges of climate change, dismantle environmental injustices in our poorest communities, and develop a citizenry that takes responsibility for the care and stewardship of our planet. Californians who are given opportunities to think critically and learn about how nature functions can make informed decisions that improve the quality of life in their communities. In the high tech, fast-paced world in which we live, the role of the environmental educator is increasingly important. The role of an environmental educator is to support the development of environmentally literate citizens. Certification is a public declaration that a certain individual meets a stringent level of requirements and has a specific set of skills. Having a certification program for our state further legitimizes the profession and builds a uniform foundation in effectively teaching about the environment. Additionally, through participation in the certification program, educators expand their professional networks, make important connections across the state, directly impact their local communities through their final action projects, and become better equipped to provide high-quality instruction to California’s youth. AEOE successfully launched California’s Environmental Educator Certification Program in fall of 2020.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Young adults

Where we work

Awards

Outstanding Affiliate of the Year 2019

NAAEE

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Academics

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

COVID-19 had a significant impact on the field of environmental and outdoor education. Many of our organizational members closed their doors or paused operations in 2020.

Number of conference attendees

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

California Statewide Environmental Education Spring Conference

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Shifted to virtual (free) conference in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our efforts are focused in the following areas:
CONNECT - We convene program providers to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive network of skilled practitioners.
EDUCATE - We provide learning opportunities that are aligned with best practices and content relevant for our field.
ADVANCE - We promote high-quality environmental education among the varied programs across the state and advocate for all young people to experience meaningful learning opportunities outdoors.

Our current organizational objectives include:
--Expand AEOE’s organizational capacity to implement its mission and address future opportunities and challenges.
--Pursue strategic outreach efforts to reach a wider audience to better represent and serve the diversity of programs and practitioners across the state
--Elevate the importance of environmental and outdoor education in California

Our current strategic plan (FY21-23) lays out the specific steps we will take in order to achieve our strategic objectives. They include:

Objective 1: Expand AEOE’s organizational capacity to implement its mission and address future opportunities and challenges.
--Strategy 1.1 Tighten and streamline AEOE’s messaging.
--Strategy 1.2 Recruit qualified candidates for the board with backgrounds, experiences, and knowledge that will further AEOE’s goals and strategies.
--Strategy 1.3 Strengthen AEOE’s ability to expand the organization’s footprint through increased and diverse revenue streams.

Objective 2: Pursue strategic outreach efforts to reach a wider audience to better represent and serve the diversity of programs and practitioners across the state
--Strategy 2.1 Expand AEOE’s membership base and outreach efforts.
--Strategy 2.2 Develop and expand the breadth of AEOE’s program offerings.
--Strategy 2.3 Cultivate existing partnerships (e.g. CEEF, COSA, CEEIN) and establish new ones that will support the implementation of AEOE’s mission.

Objective 3: Elevate the importance of environmental and outdoor education in California
--Strategy 3.1 Advocate for environmental education in the outdoors as a necessary component of PreK-12 education.
--Strategy 3.2 Establish a statewide certification program to professionalize the field and build a uniform foundation in effectively teaching about the environment in California.

We have an active, motivated and engaged staff and board, and a large membership base who care deeply about our mission. Additionally, we are establishing diverse revenue streams for increased financial sustainability.

We are currently in the fourth quarter of the first year of our strategic plan. So far, we have:
--created a new website (aeoe.org)
--launched the inaugural pilot of California's Environmental Educator Certification Program, with double the number of participants we were expecting
--established a fall workshop series to replace our in-person events and reach a broader range of participants
--collected board demographics

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION

Board of directors
as of 4/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Reed Schneider

NatureBridge

Angela Kemsley

WILDCOAST

Tracey Weiss

Andrew Boyd-Goodrich

Camp Ocean Pines

Sarah Foglesong

Prescott College

Ryan Mayeda

Pathfinder Ranch

Katie Andersen

Cuyamaca Outdoor School

Nathan Taxel

Orange County Parks

Kelly Prendiville

Ocean Institute

Tom Drake

High School Teacher

Reed Schneider

NatureBridge

Kat Montgomery

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Leah Callan

YMCA of Northern Michigan

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/07/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data