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Previously, all training about the Guidelines for Excellence was managed at the national level. MAEOE is one of a handful of states that offers this trading at the state level.   What does this mean? You can expect more Guidelines workshops, for sure!

We are excited to be able to offer these additional professional development opportunities to support Michigan’s EE community!

The National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education, initiated by North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in 1994, has developed a series of guidelines that set the standards for high-quality environmental education.

Each of these publications was developed by a diverse team of professionals, and each has gone through a substantive review by thousands of professionals prior to its publication. These guidelines provide systematic guidance for the development of quality environmental education curricula and programs. In addition, these Guidelines have helped the field of environmental education develop credibility within Congress, government agencies, & non-profit organizations across the nation.

The latest versions of the Guidelines for Excellence series are available as free downloadable PDFs or you may purchase hard copies from NAAEE.

Questions? Email for more information. 

Find a NAAEE Guidelines Trainer near you!

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Developed to support state and local environmental education efforts by setting expectations for performance and achievement in grades 4, 8, and 12. 



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A set of recommendations for developing and selecting environmental education instructional materials, and a companion publication (listed below), Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence—The Workbook, which leads educators, step by step, through the process of using the Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence.

A set of recommendations for the preparation and continuing education of teachers and other environmental educators.





A set of recommendations for the design and implementation of comprehensive nonformal environmental education programs.



A set of recommendations to be used in the development of comprehensive early childhood environmental education programs or to trigger improvements in existing ones.



This set of guidelines focuses on community wellness and is designed to help environmental educators create inclusive environments that support effective partnerships and collaborations. 

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