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California Environmental Education Interagency Network (CEEIN)

Kids form a ring around a tree at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Photo: California State Parks


The California Environmental Education Interagency Network (CEEIN) is a state government consortium of environmental educators representing departments, boards, and commissions of the California Department of Education (CDE), California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), The Resources Agency of California (RA), and the Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). CEEIN fosters broad understanding of the State's environmental and cultural resources while affirming that education is essential to the development of understanding and respect for the environment. The CEEIN partnership provides a forum for its members to share resources, programs, and materials with California's public schools and students in kindergarten through university. The California Coastal Commission's Public Education Program hosts the CEEIN website as one of its responsibilities of the partnership. The site was previously hosted by Cal/EPA and CDE.

The primary goals of CEEIN are to develop a unified response to the environmental education needs of California's educators and local governments, and to assist with statewide educational reform movements. CEEIN accomplishments include the Curricula and Compendia Project, supporting the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) network, establishing an outreach program that includes development and distribution of the CEEIN brochure, conducting workshops designed specifically for educators, and staffing exhibit booths at environmental and education conferences and fairs.

  • Roster of CEEIN members in XLS and PDF
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Recent news:

In 2015, California released a Blueprint for Environmental Literacy recommending strategies to improve instruction for students on the environment. Download the document.

The Environmental Principles and Concepts, developed as part of the 2003 Assembly Bill 1548, were adopted by the State Board of Education to be incorporated into relevant subject matter frameworks. The draft California Science Framework includes instructional connections between the Next Generation Science Standards and the Environmental Principles and Concepts, and the Environmental Principles and Concepts will be included in any future science textbooks adopted by California.

Environmental Education Resources from CEEIN Members and Partners

Boy walks trail with butterfly net. Photo: California State Parks


California Air Resources Board

California Coastal Commission

California Conservation Corps

California Department of Education

Students collecting data at a beach cleanup

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

California Department of Food and Agriculture

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire)

Learning how to dig a hole at Upper Newport Bay habitat restoration site

California Department of Parks and Recreation

California Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating and Waterways

California Department of Pesticide Regulation

UC California Naturalist Program participants in a Nest Watch

California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

California Department of Toxic Substances Control

California Department of Water Resources

California Energy Commission

UC California Naturalist Program

California Water Boards

Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority

Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

Sierra Nevada Conservancy

Girls taking a break from habitat restoration work at Upper Newport Bay

UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, California Naturalist Program


California Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

California Science Teachers Association

Teachers examining sand during a Coastal Commission teacher workshop

Environmental Protection Agency Region 9

North American Association for Environmental Education

Project Learning Tree California

Project WET activity representing a watershed in your hands, at a joint Coastal Commission
and Water Education Foundation teacher workshop

Project WET - California

Project WILD

Participants in a Forestry Institute for Teachers workshop

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Highlighted Resources

California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC)

The California Regional Environmental Education Community brings together environmental education providers, businesses, government agencies, and community organizations to support environmental education programs throughout California.

Education and the Environment Initiative

The mission of the Education and Environment Initiative (EEI) is to develop a unified strategy to bring education about the environment into school districts using the Model Curriculum Plan and California's Environmental Principles and Concepts. The EEI Curriculum teaches to mastery select K-12 California academic content standards in Science and History-Social Science, using the environment as a context for learning. Student and teacher at Camp SEA Lab in a Coastal Commission-funded project

Meeting Schedule 2016

CEEIN members meet monthly (except August and December) to discuss and share information about national and statewide environmental education efforts. These monthly meetings allow participants to network with their counterparts at the other boards, departments, and commissions on a regular basis. Discussions enable the various participants to rapidly exchange information and increase the breadth of information dissemination. This communication enables members to maximize their efforts and minimize redundancy.

  • January 21, 2016 - Cal/EPA, Sacramento

  • February 18, 2016 - CSU Chico, Chico

  • March 17, 2016 - Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park, Folsom

  • April 14, 2016 - Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael

  • May 19, 2016 - USDA, Davis

  • June 16, 2016 - California Foundation for Ag in the Classroom, Sacramento

  • July 21, 2016 - California Department of Education, Sacramento

  • Watsonville's Ohlone Elementary students at a Coastal Commission-funded project
  • August - no meeting

  • September 15, 2016 - TBD

  • October 20, 2016 - Cal/EPA, Sacramento

  • November 17, 2016 - TBD

  • December 2016 - no meeting


CEEIN Procedural Handbook (PDF)

Archived Meeting Minutes