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KAEE Member Feature: EKU Center for Environmental Education

In this month's member feature, discover more about KAEE's long-standing partner Silver Leaf Member, EKU Center for Environmental Education.

What is the mission or vision of your organization and how does it connect to KAEE's mission?

Established in the fall of 2002, Eastern Kentucky's Center for Environmental Education has been actively engaged to achieve the following goals:

  • Provide environmental education training to formal and nonformal educators.

  • Develop and implement environmental programs and curriculum for K-12 schools, the EKU campus community, and the public.

  • Coordinate environmental education activities and services with other institutions of higher learning.

  • Assist the community in understanding environmental issues.

  • Conduct and evaluate research in environmental education.

Are there any special opportunities or events you would like to share?

In conjunction with the College of Education and the College of STEM at EKU, the CEE supports undergraduate and graduate coursework, leading to a 12-credit hour university certificate in Environmental Education. This program is accredited by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) and is designated as one of the NAAEE's "Distinguished College and University Programs," which formally recognizes college and university programs that consistently prepare well-qualified environmental educators.

The CEE also trains several AmeriCorps Environmental Education Leadership Corps (EELCorps) members each year in positions serving through the EKU Division of Natural Areas.

If someone is interested in learning more about your organization, who should they contact?

For more information, contact the CEE Director, Dr. Kelly Watson,


This summer, earn your next graduate or undergraduate credit at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU)! Teaching in the Outdoors (REC 590/790) will be offered at EKU in partnership with KAEE. ​Please note that you must be enrolled at EKU and pay applicable tuition and fees.

Completing this course puts you on the path to earning the Environmental Education Certificate at EKU and KAEE's Professional Learning Leader eeCredential. Learn more about REC 590/790. 

With questions about REC 590/790, contact Dr. Brian Clark at

If you're interested in learning more about the Environmental Education Certificate with EKU, Contact Dr. Kelly Watson at


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