Strategic Plan



The Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE) was established in 1969 as a public/private partnership. This partnership is composed of institutions and individuals recognizing the importance of environmental education that emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, and effective decision-making. Important to this strategic plan is the use of a “Theory of Change” logic model to develop the goal areas, impacts, outcomes, and strategies, with a foundation in research of best practices and identification of factors influencing the landscape. This innovative strategy led KACEE to a strategic plan that is tightly focused on building organizational capacity, an important step as a significant amount of KACEE capital was invested in creating the Environmental Literacy Plan for Kansas and the Kansans for Children and Nature Plan, both focused on building capacity for environmental education in the state. Through the development of priority goals areas, research on best practices and landscape assessment, board members and staff identified research driven strategies and activities to accomplish our goals as KACEE continues to work toward its mission and vision. The development of a three-year plan will enable KACEE to keep its work timely and relevant by effectively addressing change and the evolving needs of conservation and environmental education in Kansas. Through successful implementation of this plan, KACEE will realize the following impacts:


  • Members and others recognize KACEE as an organization of that embodies our mission, vision, values, objectives, audiences, position and personality.
  • KACEE “members” are relevantly engaged and confident spokespeople for KACEE and feel that they are part of the KACEE family.
  • KACEE provides the leadership to ensure a citizenry with an increased understanding and awareness of environmental issues in our state, leading to increased stewardship and informed decision making. 
  • Kansas has a clear and meaningful assessment of environmental literacy and utilizes this assessment as an integral tool for prioritizing environmental education activities in the state.
  • KACEE is recognized as a resource for: (1) helping schools engage their local communities in real world STEM and Career and Technical Education programs, (2) developing student environmental leaders, and (3) helping students transition from secondary to post-secondary green/sustainability/conservation/environmental/STEM programs and careers.
  • KACEE Board members to serve as “hubs” or “nodes” for EE, providing leadership in their communities and regions, as well as within the KACEE organization.
  • KACEE becomes a more stable and sustainable organization to fulfill its vision.

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