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Environmental Literacy Guidelines

In 2008, after a symposium of organizations from across the state, EEAI learned that there was a strong desire for Indiana to have an Environment Literacy Plan as a majority of other states have. The first step toward the Environmental Literacy Plan was to establish Indiana's Environmental Literacy Guidelines.  With guidance from the North American Association of Environmental Educators, Department of Education, business leaders and nonprofit organizations, the following Guidelines were developed.  

The ELG also aligns with Indiana Standards. You can access info about that alignment here: ELG Indiana Standard Alignment.xlsx 

What IS environmental literacy?

Environmental literacy is an individual’s understanding of how their actions and decisions affect the environment so they can act on that understanding in a responsible and effective manner.

Environmental literacy is the primary and overarching goal of environmental education. It is an experiential life-long learning process that increases awareness about the environment and results in a citizenry empowered to meet their future responsibilities regarding the environment.

An environmentally literate citizen has the knowledge, tools, and sensitivity to weigh various sides of environmental issues to make responsible decisions as individuals and as members of their community. 

Nature Centers of Indiana

Nature center educators make up a large portion of our membership.  Indiana is full of amazing field trip opportunities and environmental educators who can visit classrooms or present for your group. If you are a teacher looking for an environmental education opportunity, this is the place to be!


Thank you to Cope Environmental Center for providing this list! 

Environmental Links

We've spent some time gathering LOTS of resources from around the state and beyond. From environmental curriculum to green guides made for kids, you'll find something to keep your students motivated!


Lesson Plans

Need lesson plans for your classroom? Maybe you're new to the environmental education field and are looking for great field trip plans! This list will help you get started.

Do you have things to add to this resource? We'd love to add them! Email with your suggestion, curriculum, or field trip activity!


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