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Environmental Educator Certification

The environmental educator certification (EEC) program allows new educators and career professionals the opportunity to invigorate and align their program objectives and set personal and professional goals to improve Michigan’s environmental education.

The EEC is internationally recognized by and aligns with the requirements of the North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE).


Project WILD

Project WILD is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students, and is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. Michigan Department of Natural Resources houses Project WILD in Michigan, and is training educators in the many facets of the program. Emphasizing wildlife because of its intrinsic value, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet. 


Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS)

The Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) contains five Michigan-specific units which provide an opportunity for students in grades 4-9 to learn about  Michigan's economy and environment through outstanding, inquiry oriented, data-based lessons in science and social studies.  The units have been field tested by 120 teachers in over 200 Michigan classrooms. The units can be used individually, adopted into a school's multi-year science curricula, or combined to form the basis for an integrated science course. Each low cost MEECS curriculum unit workshop runs from four to six hours. Classroom unit kits are provided at completion of training. 

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Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an international award-winning environmental education curriculum focusing on the forest as a "window on the world". PLT teaches not only about trees, but also about land, air, and water to help students understand our complex environment. These lessons help to instill the confidence and commitment to take responsible action on behalf of the environment. PLT program provides workshops to educators using the hands-on lessons developed by hundreds of educators and environmental experts to bring the natural world into the classroom. Workshops are open to any formal or non-formal educators, pre- and in-service classroom educators, natural resources professionals, naturalists, scout leaders and others interested in environmental education.


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Targeted for the middle-school audience, though widely adaptable, Flying WILD offers practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation and natural history.  Project-based classroom applications, service learning and community involvement and even birding festivals are all outlined in the curriculum guide. Flying WILD Michigan is hosted by MAEOE.