In 2019, the Environmental Education Program’s first-ever open call for projects sought solutions that strengthened and built the field of environmental education. These grants provided backbone support and leadership to the field across the United States, focusing on geographic areas Pisces did not have investments in. The initiatives worked to support and facilitate collective impact activities such as establishing shared measurement practices; building public support; and strengthening diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural relevancy. And, importantly, each of these efforts embodied the notion that access to the benefits of time spent in nature is a human right, with the ultimate impact of building stronger, healthier communities and a more diverse, equitable society.
Launched in July 2019, Pisces received a tremendous response to this RFP, with over 220 submissions from 48 states and territories. During September 2019, Pisces reviewed the submissions for eligibility and alignment. Then, an external review panel provided recommendations on the top projects to invite for full proposals in fall 2019. Projects were awarded in December 2019.
- Appalachian Headwaters
Purpose: To jumpstart the development of high-quality, culturally relevant environmental literacy in West Virginia through the launch of a network for developing and sharing Appalachia-specific environmental education resources.
- Arkansas Environmental Education Association
Purpose: To strengthen the field of environmental education in Arkansas through a community-centered strategic planning process.
Purpose: To jumpstart a data-informed, partnership-driven, environmental know-how impact strategy across Texas by using geographic information system (GIS) mapping and data visualization tools.
- Environmental Education Association of Illinois
Purpose: To collaboratively update Illinois’ environmental literacy plan in order to increase environmental literacy throughout the state in a collective, inclusive, and equitable way.
- Environmental Education of New Mexico
Purpose: To create a multi-year collective strategy for systemic change in New Mexico through an intensive fellowship program that will build community-centered capacity for collaboration, partnership, and advocacy.
- Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education / Plains Environmental Education Partnership
Purpose: To build capacity in the region by convening five environmental education backbone organizations and strengthen leadership capacity both within and among the organizations.
- Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo
Purpose: To grow and strengthen social and cultural infrastructure supporting traditional ecological knowledge and the capacity of subsistence practitioners and educators in Hawaiʻi.
- Maine Math and Science Alliance / Teach ME Outside
Purpose: To activate an existing and growing diverse statewide consortium to advance a vision of sustainable funding for environmental education in Maine.
- Montana Environmental Education Association
Purpose: To assess opportunities to build capacity internally and externally across Montana in order to equitably engage and elevate all voices in support of Montana’s diverse population.
- Utah Society for Environmental Education
Purpose: To begin creating equitable and inclusive systems-level change for environmental education in Utah to help ensure economic, social, and environmental sustainability for the state.
- WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Purpose: To engage an intersectoral task force to advocate for a culturally relevant New York State education standard that incorporates environmental justice and health.