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

Work Group
Symposium
Vanida Ngeam
vngeam@energycoalition.org
(949) 701-4646
Professional Development
Linda Braatz Brown
2lindabraatzbrown@gmail.com
Equity & Justice
Caroline Conway
c-conway@earthlink.net
Newsletter
Vanida Ngeam
vngeam@energycoalition.org
(949) 701-4646
Mini Grants
Jackie Gardner
jgardner@sanjacinto.k12.ca.us
Art Contest
Jen Futterman
jenniferevefutterman@gmail.com
Outreach
Carol Kinzel
kinzel1812@aol.com
Environmental Learning Resources Guide
Diana Ruiz
ruiz@rcrcd.org
(909) 238-8338
Board & Committee Leads
Pam Johnson

ECOS Institute

Chair
pamjohnson@ecosinstitute.com
(714) 326-5775
Mary Borobia Walls
Action Driven Inquiry
Vice Chair
maryborobiawalls@gmail.com
Linda Braatz Brown

Secretary & Professional Dev. Lead
2lindabraatzbrown@gmail.com
Jenna Hoover
CBWCD
Treasurer
jhoover@cbwcd.org
Diana Ruiz
RCRCD
Env. Learning Resources Lead
ruiz@rcrcd.org
(909) 238-8338
Caroline Conway
Equity & Justice Lead
c-conway@earthlink.net
Vanida Ngeam
Energy Coalition
Symposium & Newsletter Lead
vngeam@energycoalition.org
(949) 701-4646
Jackie Gardner

Mini Grant Lead
jgardner@sanjacinto.k12.ca.us
Jen Futterman
Art Contest Lead
jenniferevefutterman@gmail.com
Carol Kinzel
Outreach Lead
kinzel1812@aol.com
Julia Walls
Administrative Assistant
eecollaborative@gmail.com
Advisory Board
Jane Block
Rivers and Lands Conservancy & Environmental Advocate
Celia Cudiamat
Inland Empire Community Foundation
Dave Ficke
EEC Co-founder, Retired Educator
Ginger Greaves
EEC Co-founder, Exec. Director-Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation
Maria Simani
California Science Project, UCR
Diana Ruiz

Our Sponsors

EEC would like to thank all the organizations that support this work. Please see our many symposium sponsors under symposium.

Action Driven Inquiry

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Inland Empire Resource Conservation District

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SkyPark at Santa's Village

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Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation

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Chino Basin Water Conservation District

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Emerald Cove Outdoor Science Institute

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HUERTA DEL VALLE

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Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District

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Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency

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Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio

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The Wildlands Conservancy

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Western Riverside Council of Governments

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Eastern Municipal Water District

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Grantors

EEC would like to thank all the organizations that support this work.

Pony Barnes Foundation

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Mosaic

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Southern California Edison

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