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The National Environmental Education Training Foundation and other national sponsors have declared Sunday, April 13 through Saturday, April 19, to be Environmental Education Week. They predict that its celebration will involve thousands of educators and millions of students and it will enhance the educational impact of Earth Day.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), along with the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education (ANJEE), the New Jersey Commission on Environmental Education, the New Jersey Audubon Society (NJAS) and many local partners, have signed up to help celebrate, support and promote this special week throughout New Jersey.
The celebration offers a wonderful opportunity to raise public awareness about the value of environmental education programs for all ages. Sponsors and partners of Environmental Education Week are encouraging educators to conduct environmental education programs during this celebratory week as well as on Earth Day (April 22). They are also inviting parents and families to participate in environmental education programs that are open to the public.
This Web site serves as the online "hub" for promoting activities during New Jersey Environmental Education Week and Earth Week. DEP environmental education staff, in cooperation with the commission, ANJEE, NJAS and other state partners, maintains it. Every spring, this site receives thousands of hits from educators, parents, students, youth leaders and the media. And this year, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, should be no exception.
Please submit information for inclusion at this Web site if:
Please visit the sections of this Web site frequently this spring -
Your organization, center, or park is holding an environmental education program or Earth Day event that is open to the public and will be held on a weekend, weekday or evening between April 1 through April 30. (Community Earth Day events are also posted if they will be held between April 1 through the end of May.) Up to two programs for each environmental education provider will be included in the online Calendar of Events. Its purpose is to increase public and media participation in these functions. An online form is available for submissions.
Your school, class, youth group, civic group, family, company or business is conducting or participating in a structured environmental education program from March 30 through April 30. Please provide a short description of your work. One submission per environmental education provider will be included in a section of the Web site titled New Jersey EE Week Activity Sampler. This section will showcase to the public the diversity of environmental education activities that occur throughout the state. An online form is available for submissions.
Visit the Calendar of Events section and participate in an environmental education program, attend an Earth Day event, or assist with a cleanup.
Get involved and stay involved all year - visit the Resources section and learn more about ongoing environmental education opportunities, resources and expertise.
Help spread the word - share information about this celebration with others.