The Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE) is a private, not-profit, 501(c)(3) association, whose mission is promoting and providing quality, non-biased and science-based conservation and environmental education throughout the State of Kansas. KACEE was established in 1969 as a public/private partnership made up of representatives of governmental agencies and organizations with an interest in supporting environmental education. Today, there are more than 500 organizational and individual members of KACEE that represent governmental agencies, business and industry, colleges and universities, schools and school districts and other non-profit organizations.
The interest and need for environmental education has been growing in recent years. Effective environmental education does not advocate any particular viewpoint on environmental issues. Rather, environmental education should promote a full understanding of environmental issues through the educational process. the focus of environmental education should be on the processes that enhance critical thinking, problem solving, and effective decision making. Through these processes, individuals can better understand the complexities and interrelatedness of environmental issues and weigh the various sides to make informed, balanced and responsible decisions. Many of the skills emphasized in effective environmental education are the same skills mandated by the Kansas State Board of Education through Quality Performance Accreditation (QPA) and in the requirements of "No Child Left Behind." By utilizing the environmental education materials sponsored by KACEE, school districts can meet the QPA/NCLB requirements and provide stimulating, challenging, and fun activities for their students.