What is the E Movement?

The E Movement is a collective of teachers, schools, local governments, nonprofits, and someday parents and businesses collaborating to increase environmental literacy and build a stewardship ethic within today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders. To guide our collaborative efforts, we have developed a set of E Guidelines that lay out a scaffolded, whole-child approach to environmental education.

 

About the E Movement

Our mission is to advance the continuity, effectiveness, and access of environmental education in Boulder County through collaboration and community.

Our vision is that graduates of Boulder County schools are the most environmentally literate graduates in the country and that they make decisions throughout adulthood that support a healthy and vibrant Boulder County and planet.

What the E Movement does

Continuity

Create continuity of environmental education experiences provided to youth from pre-k through high-school so that experiences are built upon and gaps are filled.

Resources

Make free resources available to all educators.

Holistic

Facilitate holistic and age appropriate educational experiences engaging each youth’s head, heart, hands, and feet both inside and outside of the classroom.

Connection

Connect teachers and non-formal educators (and someday parents too) to environmental education experiences for youth and youth groups including field trips, in-school visits, service projects,  after school programs, and more.

Recognition

Recognize successes and spread best practices and lessons learned.

Evaluation

Evaluate results allowing for constant development and growth.

Who is Part of the E Movement?

The E Movement consists of schools, administrators, teachers, third party environmental educators, students, and parents. The E Movement is managed by Boulder County’s Office of Sustainability.


How Does it Work?

Schools, teachers, and third party environmental educators (program providers) join the E Movement by making a commitment to use the E Guidelines to create consistency in the environmental education provided both in and out of the classroom. In exchange, the E Movement provides teaching resources, learning and connection opportunities, recognition, and evaluation.

Learn More

Teachers and Schools Program Providers

BoCo Open Space

History

The E Movement was created by the former Boulder County EE Collaborative (BCEE), a working group represented by environmental education (EE) providers who serve youth in Boulder County schools. BCEE’s primary goal was to:

“Ensure a continuum of environmental education and service learning opportunities with multiple contacts for preschool through high school for Boulder County youth.”

This goal was accomplished with the creation of the E Movement and its ongoing partnerships. For simplicity and clarity, the BCEE and its steering committee has chosen to consolidate efforts and rename themselves the E Movement. This steering committee’s efforts take a holistic and active approach in addressing the findings of the Boulder County Informal EE Assessment completed in 2013. These findings can be viewed in our 2014 Report Card.

The Steering Committee of the E Movement consists of representatives from Boulder County’s Sustainability Office, the Colorado Alliance of Environmental Education, Thorne, Boulder Valley School District and St Vrain Valley School District , and representatives from some of the larger informal EE providers in Boulder County, including Cal-Wood Environmental Education Center (Cal-Wood), Eco-Cycle, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP), and Cottonwood Institute.