D.C. Naturally is a guide to environmental education resources, both information and opportunities, available in and around Washington, DC. A list of environmental education support organizations which are good sources of additional environmental education information, opportunities and materials have also been included. Each entry lists the title of the organization with a brief description of its mission, followed by the programs and services it provides. Notes on reservations, wheelchair accessibility, or fees are also listed.
Entries are listed in four categories:
- Parks and Natural Areas
- Museums and Historic Sites
- Government Agencies
- Private and Non-Profit Organizations
D.C. Naturally 2003-2004 edition was compiled by the D.C. Environmental Education Consortium (DCEEC) and the D.C. Department of Health, Environmental Health Administration, Watershed Protection Division and made possible by a generous grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency Chesapeake Bay Program. Hard-copies are no longer available. Some of the information provided may be outdated.
North American Association For Environmental Education (NAAEE) is a network of professionals, students, and volunteers working in the field of environmental education throughout North America. Check out the annual conference in San Diego, California October 15-18, 2015. Affiliate Network of NAAEE is a network of environmental education organizations which supports and gains new perspectives through shared learning. Affiliate Network Resources is a password protected site containing a compilation of resources and examples for Affiliate Organizations (e.g., membership structures, strategic plans, awards forms, conference brochures, etc.) If you are currently a DCEEC dues-paying member, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the password information.
EnvironmentalScience.org aims to be the most reliable and expansive advocate for environmental science education and careers. Information, statistics, and data featured on their site was taken from federal and state agencies,
No Child Left Inside coalition’s focus is the passage of federal legislation which would authorize major new funding for states to provide high-quality, environmental instruction. Learn what you can do!
Chesapeake Bay Trust: Washington, DC Mini-Grants
Grants for up to $5,000 are available for Chesapeake Bay field experiences such as boat trips, student action projects that restore and protect the environment, schoolyard habitat projects, and Chesapeake Bay-related teacher training opportunities.
Connects classroom teachers to donors who provide funds or specific items (including transportation costs). Donations usually range from $100 to $1,000. Teachers must submit brief project proposals for classroom materials or items and costs for field experiences, and usually receive a two to five month turn-around for donations. Note: only DC Public School teachers are eligible. Charter schools are ineligible.
Captain Planet Foundation small grants
The Captain Planet Foundation provides grant funds of $250 – $2500 for projects that promote environmental understanding and awareness for young people through hands-on activities.
NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program: A Free Teacher Research Experience
The mission of NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program is to give teachers a clearer insight into our ocean planet, a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and to increase their level of environmental literacy by fostering an interdisciplinary research experience. Since 1990, NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program has enabled more than 550 teachers to gain first-hand experience of science and life at sea by working on research ships. Teachers have enriched their classroom curricula with a depth of understanding made possible by living and working side-by-side, day and night, with those who contribute to the world’s body of scientific knowledge. No matter which type of cruise you embark on, you are bound to learn an array of new things!