OUR MISSION, VISION & PURPOSE.
Accelerate environmental literacy and conservation in Kansas through non-biased, science-based environmental education.
Grow a healthy, vibrant, and resilient Kansas through the power of environmental education.
Serve as a connector for environmental educators in the state and promote excellence in environmental education through professional learning and development.
Provide a medium through which programs may be cooperatively developed to promote and encourage the teaching of an understanding of the environment and responsible use of resources.
Serve through our Board of Directors as an advisory council to the Kansas State Board of Education.
The Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (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 traditional and non-traditional educational processes.
Our approach to environmental education focuses on providing professional learning to both formal and non-formal educators which is aimed at enhancing critical thinking, problem solving, and effective decision making. Through good environmental education, 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 promoted by the Kansas State Board of Education through state standards and initiatives like Kansans Can. By utilizing the environmental education materials sponsored by KACEE, non-formal educators, teachers and school districts can meet the state standards and provide stimulating, challenging, and fun activities for their students.