APPLYING THE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION GUIDELINES OF EXCELLENCE TO GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION
The Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence are a set of documents to assist program developers and presenters by providing best practices for communicating with a wide range of audiences. These audiences include: (1) K-12 formal teachers and their students; (2) non-formal educators including park rangers, science museum staff, scout leaders and their audiences of all-ages such as homeschool groups, community groups, and civic organizations; and (3) college and university classes. Geologists are often asked to present to these audiences and, as the authors know from personal experience, applying concepts from the EE guidelines can aid program development and presentation. The guidelines are produced in various versions addressing specific audience needs. NAAEE offers Guidelines training both online (free) and in workshops (free or low cost) through their state-level affiliates. In North Carolina, additional training is available through the N.C. Environmental Education Certification program, who also aligns their programs with NAAEE Guidelines. This poster covers the key elements of the EE guidelines and provides GE examples from N.C.