No Child Left Inside Act
The goal of the No Child Left Inside Act is to ensure that every student achieves a basic understanding of the environment. To do this, the No Child Left Inside Act provides incentives to state departments of education to create environmental literacy plans that promote environmental education in schools, develop standards for teaching the subject and focus on teacher training and professional development. The legislation would be funded at $100 million a year and amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. You can support the No Child Left Inside Act by contacting your Members of Congress or joining the national No Child Left Inside Coalition.
National Environmental Education Act
Since 1990, the National Environmental Education Act at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided national leadership to increase environmental literacy throughout the United States. Since its creation, the Act has supported the Environmental Education and Training Partnership, the National Environmental Education Foundation, an environmental education grant program, National Public Lands Day, and other environmental education initiatives. The National Wildlife Federation and its partners are working to reauthorize this Act and increase funding levels. Visit EPA’s website to learn more about these environmental education programs.
Ocean, Coastal and Watershed Education Act
The Ocean, Coastal and Watershed Education Act (H.R. 3644) was passed in the House on March 19th and is awaiting Senate action. This legislation advances awareness and appreciation of coastal watersheds and emphasizes stewardship of critical marine resources. In addition, the legislation authorizes and strengthens both the Environmental Literacy Grants and Bay-Watershed Education and Training program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Visit NOAA’s website to learn more.
U.S. Forest Service Conservation Education Programs
The National Wildlife Federation is a strong supporter of the U.S. Forest Service’s Conservation Education program. The Conservation Education program is a vital component of the Forest Service, serving as a critical link between the people and their public lands. The program is committed to developing an environmentally literate citizenry to sustain the Nation’s forests and grasslands, public or private.