About the EEC
The Environmental Education Collaborative (EEC) is a grassroots alliance that works to elevate environmental education to a new level of importance and urgency.
The EEC strives to develop resources that support environmental education programs, so that everyone has the opportunity to experience nature and to learn about caring for our natural resources.
The EEC works to:
• bring funding to the region to increase environmental literacy
• develop a resource network to support and promote existing programs
• monitor and influence environmental education policy and initiatives.
We invite you to join with us in supporting the EEC of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
History of the Environmental Education Collaborative
During 2014, a variety of organizations met to explore how Environmental Education (EE) funding, influence, and networking might be improved in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Diana Fox of Reach Out, a social service non-profit, facilitated for the group’s planning efforts. The participants selected the Stanford University Collaborative Impact Model to follow and became the EE Collaborative Task Force. The original participants included:
- The Community Foundation (now Inland Empire Community Foundation and our fiscal sponsor)
- Riverside Land Conservancy (now Rivers and Lands Conservancy)
- Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation
- The Wildlands Conservancy
- Reach Out
- Santa Ana Watershed Association
- CREEC (California Regional Environmental Education Community, now defunded in our region).
The Task Force gained support from Riverside and San Bernardino Counties’ Offices of Education and reviewed five documents that validated the need for a local EE initiative:
- California’s Environmental Education Initiative (EEI)
- the Inland Empire Community Foundation’s Environmental Initiative
- the California Department of Education’s Blue Print for Environmental Literacy
- and initiatives of the Children and Nature Network and North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE).
The first EEC Symposium was held in February of 2015 with over 120 participants from 75+ organizations who shared ideas and laid the foundation for beginning the Environmental Education Collaborative (EEC). Since then, an annual symposium has been used to share and gather resources, grow a network, and work toward EEC’s goals:
- to engage and influence funders, community members, and businesses to support an Environmental Education program resulting in increased environmental literacy
- to identify, promote, and leverage existing EE programs and resources
- to influence local and state environmental education policy and initiatives.
EEC Board & Advisory Board
Board & Committee Leads
Action Driven Inquiry
The Wildlands Conservancy
Communication's Workgroup Lead
San Jacinto Unified School District
Bridging Partners Community of Practice Lead
The Wildlands Conservancy
|Justice & Equity Community of Practice Leadfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Symposium Work Group Lead
Project Manager: Newsletter
|Youth Climate Action Summit Leademail@example.com|
|Resource Guide Lead & Distributionfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jen Futterman||Art Contest Work Group Leademail@example.com|
|Sustainability of the EEC Community of Practice Lead|
|Project Manager: Outreach Networkfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tom Delacruz||Administrative Assistantemail@example.com|
|Maria Simani||CA Science Projectsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ginger Greaves||Founding Memberemail@example.com|
|Jane Block||Founding Memberfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Celia Cudiamat||Founding Member- IECF email@example.com|
|Pam Johnson||ECOS Institutefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Linda Braatz Brownemail@example.com|
EEC would like to thank all the organizations that support this work.