The Third Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP3) was a consortium of nine organizations1 that delivered environmental education (EE) training to teachers and other education professionals. EE prepares citizens to make informed, intelligent decisions that protect human health and environmental quality. Through workshops, courses, and other carefully tailored strategies, EETAP3 built a cadre of educators who are knowledgeable about the environment and have the skills needed to help children and adults understand complex environmental issues. It has helped education professionals work effectively with diverse audiences and make their organizations and programs more inclusive. EETAP3 has ensured that environmental education programs and resources are of high quality and present multiple perspectives in an unbiased manner. This was the fifth and final year of a five-year program that benefitted nearly 2.4 million education professionals and 31 million individuals across the country.
EETAP3’s Year 5 work plan detailed 12 activities designed to achieve a more environmentally literate public over the five-year period of the project. In all, 818,761 educators and an estimated 15,157,271 individuals expanded their knowledge and skills through EETAP3 Year 5 activities. These figures reflect attendance at EETAP3-supported workshops and user visits to EE-Link, along with the learners reached by these educators.
1. EETAP3 partners included the American Forest Foundation/Project Learning Tree, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Council for Environmental Education, National Audubon Society, North American Association for Environmental Education, Project WET, University of Oregon, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center.