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SEEA Landscape Analysis

About the Analysis

Project Background

SEEA, the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance, is a network of state affiliates of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in the southeastern region of the U.S. EPA Region 4. SEEA’s mission is to provide southeastern state affiliates and their stakeholders collaborative and capacity building opportunities that demonstrate collective impact and magnify environmental education efforts across the region. Funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Pisces Foundation, this SEEA-led project included a comprehensive study of the environmental education already happening on the ground, enabling the states involved to identify gaps and barriers to access that prevent successful implementation in some areas. In North Carolina, Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC) along with the N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs and the North Carolina Association of Environmental Education Centers (NCAEEC) collected responses from over 133 EE programs, which were compiled with programs across our region for a full analysis. The final report provides recommendations and next steps for increasing environmental literacy efforts in the southeast based on an inventory of model programs and initiatives happening nationwide.

This analysis and tailored state recommendations included in the report also equip organizations conducting environmental and conservation-related work in the southeast with the materials they need to address gaps, allocate resources more effectively, and, ultimately, meet the goal of increasing environmental literacy levels and stewardship behaviors.  ​

We wanted to complete an analysis that would give environmental education providers resources and tools to more effectively meet the needs of their communities. We designed it to help us to ensure that we are focusing our limited time and resources in the areas where we will have the biggest impact. Through it, we wanted educators to find the tools they need to connect with providers in their area to increase opportunities for students to engage in environmental education from early childhood to adulthood. And we wanted educators and providers to be able to target their efforts in the areas with the highest need, whether that need is demographic, geographic, or content based.

Learn more about our findings, process, and the resources the landscape analysis provides at southeastee.org/landscapeanalysis.

Results Dashboard

This dashboard is an interactive tool that educators and stakeholders can use to identify EE providers and programs in their area. It provides a quick snapshot of all the findings from our surveys via charts and graphs that can be filtered and exported, as well as the complete list of organizational and program profiles for the 646 organizations that completed the survey.

 

You can explore specific details through a toolbar that allows you to filter by state, sector, terms used, percentage of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color) leadership, budget, themes, audience served, offerings, academic standards, program location, program time, Title I, language, and/or evaluation practices. These charts can then be easily exported. For an in-depth tutorial on how to use the many features of this map, click here to watch the video on YouTube. If you're having trouble using the dashboard on this page, click here to access it in a larger format. 

Through this work, environmental educators can access important data to inspire their programs and focus their efforts. Via an interactive online portal, users can access the shareholder report, case studies, the storymap, a searchable dashboard and maps, and more. You can search, filter, and export datasets through an interactive dashboard. You can explore our regional or state-specific maps and toolbars, filtering by state, sector, terms used, percentage of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color) leadership, budget, themes, audience served, offerings, academic standards, program location, program time, language, and/or evaluation practices. You can discover new partners and programs in your area. You can identify gaps and barriers to access. You can build and strengthen your networks. You can use the project as a model for your own region. You can cultivate collective impact. And so much more.

Climate, Education, and Equity Map

You can use the map below in numerous ways. Find EE programs and providers near you. Compare how the demographics of people served by EE in a particular North Carolina city compare to the overall demographics of the city. Discover whether certain areas of the state are less likely to have environmental education opportunities and how that might compare to their exposure to pollutants or their household income. Filter and export data that's meaningful to you. This tool can be instrumental in helping EE providers determine where there are gaps and barriers to access. For an in-depth tutorial on how to use the many features of this map, click here to watch the video on YouTube.​ If you're having trouble using the map on this page, click here to access it in a larger format. 

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