Environmental Education

Environmental Education

Knowledge about the environment is indispensable to protecting it—to our very ability to make sustainable decisions for current and future generations.  Environmental literacy creates the conditions that enable current and future environmental challenges, ranging from climate change to water scarcity, to be durably solved.  It does so in part by changing the context in which environmental, public health, and natural resource decisions are considered and ultimately made.  It’s a game-changer.

The goal of the Pisces Foundation’s environmental education program is to lead an effort to improve environmental literacy in the U.S., expanding the quality and availability of both formal and informal environmental education.  To do this, we will help build a strong field, one that is well-resourced, built on strong evidence, and effective in communicating about the benefits it bestows on individuals and communities.  The result:  people equipped and empowered to protect their health and the environment, creating a more sustainable world.

Our recent Environmental Education grants include:

    • California Academy of Sciences

      To support the Academy’s Global Environmental Literacy Initiative, which seeks to transform methods for environmental education, including online education programs, shows, and visualization productions, for a national and global audience.
    • Education Outside

      To advance environmental literacy in schools, by transforming school gardens into dynamic outdoor environmental education classrooms led by school-based corps members.
    • Environmental Grantmakers Association

      To support the launch of Blue Sky Funders Forum, a new national partnership of foundations, corporations, nonprofit, and government leaders working to strengthen the field of environmental education.
    • NatureBridge

      To support ChangeScale, a new alliance of organizations working to enhance consistency, cohesiveness, and best practices in the environmental education field.
    • North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)

      To build the capacity of NAAEE and enhance its role as a leading national environmental education organization.
    • Ten Strands and Seventh Generation Advisors

      To advance environmental literacy in California, including by supporting implementation of an environment-based curriculum approved by the California State Board of Education for 6.2 million students in grades K to 12.

Interested in more information about environmental education?

The North American Association for Environmental Education supports networks, publishes reports, and makes available a wide variety of information on curriculum and professional development. The Blue Sky Funders Forum connects organizations and individuals interested in environmental education and provides a resource hub of information about the field.