Environmental Education Association of Illinois


Mission Statement

Mission: to maintain a vital network that supports and advances environmental education throughout the state.
The Environmental Education Association of Illinois (EEAI) is a group of concerned citizens who are interested in educating people of all ages to the importance of understanding and protecting the environment.


Since its  inception in 1972, EEAI has provided leadership at the local, state and national level within the environmental education community by providing and supporting professional development services to the formal and non-formal educator. As host to national, state-based and independent professional development events and curriculums such as Growing Up WILD, Project Learning Tree, and the Midwest Environmental Education Consortium, EEAI has set the professional standard to which educators have learned to depend on. EEAI is governed by a board of directors. The state is divided into five regions, each of which is served by two representatives (three in the northeast region). The membership elects the regional directors and officers (president, president-elect, secretary, and treasurer). Also, EEAI serves as the Illinois affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). NAAEE is the world's largest association of environmental educators, with members in North America and 55 countries worldwide. For NAAEE membership information, visit http://www.naaee.net/. 

Program Details

What Does EEAI Do?
  • Sponsors exciting and informative environmental education conferences in conjunction with EEAI's spring membership meeting. The EEAI Annual Meeting & Conference is held at scenic locations throughout the state of Illinois.
  • Once every eight years, EEAI sponsors the Midwest Environmental Education Conference, which draws participants from throughout the nation.
  • Sponsors Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, North American Association for Environmental Education's Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education programs, Earth Force Illinois and RISE Challenge Illinois in the state of Illinois, leading local and regional training programs for educators and the public.
  • Publishes the Illinois Environmental Education UPDATE newsletter; the only periodical in Illinois devoted to current information and ideas about environmental education.
  • Reviews and makes recommendations regarding environmental education materials, trains workshop facilitators and locates funding sources to implement high quality environmental education professional development programs.
  • Hosts the IL Environmental Educator Awards Program.
  • Hosts the IL Environmental Education Mini-Grant Program, providing funding to teachers and nonformal educators for resources, books or field experience expenses.
Primary Issue
Climate Change
Secondary Issue
1505 N Broadway
Urbana, IL 61801
United States
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