Professional Organizations

Organizations providing support services for the nature and environmental learning center profession. Please help us expand this list. Contact us with additional organizations.

  • The American Alliance Museums - AAM's mission is to enhance the value of museums to their communities through leadership, advocacy, and service.

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals A professional association fostering development and growth of fundraising professionals, they work to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs.

  • Association of Science-Technology Centers - ASTC is a global organization providing collective voice, professional support, and programming opportunities for science centers, museums, and related organizations, whose innovative approaches to science learning inspire people of all ages about the wonders and meaning of science in their lives.

  • Association for Experiential Education - A nonprofit, professional membership association dedicated to experiential education and the students, educators and practitioners who utilize its philosophy by connecting educators, making research available, and participation in an accreditation program.

  • Bee Hunt - We provide  free on-line tools to identify species, share ways to teach and study nature’s wonders, report findings, build maps, process images, and contribute to and learn from a growing, interactive encyclopedia of life that now has 1,338,135 species pages.

  • Bird Education Network: BEN - Bird conservation through education.

  • California Regional Environmental Education Community - The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network is an educational project supported by the California Department of Education in collaboration with state, regional and local partners. The CREEC Network is the best source for Environmental Education resources in California.

  • Children & Nature Network - The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encorage and support the people and organizations working nationaly and internationally to reconnect children with nature. Their world wide research network can be found here.

  • Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education - The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) serves all sectors of the Colorado community by increasing the effectiveness of environmental education.

  • Council for Environmental Education - The Council for Environmental Education is a nationally recognized leader in environmental education, providing programs and services that promote responsible stewardship of natural resources.

  • enjoyNature.org - Your path to nature.

  • Environmental Education Association of Illinois - The only organization in Illinois that makes environmental literacy its primary goal as it strives to instill a sense of community between native ecosystems and people.

  • Environmental Education Association of Oregon - The Environmental Education Association of Oregon is dedicated to creating an environmentally literate citizenry composed of people who have the skills and knowledge necessary to make informed decisions regarding natural resources.

  • Farm Based Education Association - Established in 2006 to support the professional needs of the fast-growing farm-based education community. Through professional development events, support materials, and online resources, we inspire, nurture, and promote the individuals and organizations committed to this very important work.

  • Forest History Society – An educational institution that links the past to the future by identifying, collecting, preserving, interpreting, and disseminating information on the history of interactions between people, forests, and their related resources -- timber, water, soil, forage, fish & wildlife, recreation, and scenic or spiritual values.

  • Growing Up Wild - An early childhood initiative launched by The Council for Environmental Education to help educators and caregivers engage young children in activities connected to nature.

  • Institute for Conservation Leadership - Strengthening leaders, organizations, and networks that protect our Earth.

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services - The IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf is part of a multi-year, multi-faceted IMLS national initiative to raise public awareness and inspire action to care for the collections held in public trust by libraries and museums throughout the United States.

  • Leave No Child Inside Coalition - The Coalition was created in 2006 to find new ways to encourage kids to experience nature and learn about the environment.

  • Midwest Regional Collaborative for Sustainable Education - The Midwest Regional Collaborative for Sustainability Education is a newly emerging community of practice exploring holistic systems-based formal and nonformal sustainability education practices.

  • Mississippi Environmental Education Alliance - The MEEA's mission is to actively encourage and support the education, philosophy, and ethics of environmental awareness and literacy for the citizens of Mississippi.

  • National Association for Interpretation - The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is a not-for-profit 501c3 professional association for those involved in the interpretation of natural and cultural heritage resources in settings such as parks, zoos, museums, nature centers, aquaria, botanical gardens, and historical sites.

  • National Optical Astronomy Observatory - NOAO's purpose is to provide the best ground-based astronomical telescopes to the nation's astronomers, to promote public understanding and support of science, and to help advance all aspects of US astronomy.

  • National Standards and Best Practices for Museums - Voluntary national standards and best practices that are benchmarks which museums measure their own performance.

  • Nature Find - A website to help you find nature nearby.

  • Nature Learning Initiative - "Promotes the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of all children, through environmental design, action reserach, education, and dissemination of information."

  • New York State Outdoor Education Association - An organization that promotes interdisciplinary life-long learning in, for, and about the outdoors and seeks to inspire appreciation of the environment by all people.

  • NWF Green Hour - To give parents and caregivers the information, tools, and inspiration to get their kids - and themselves - outside, National Wildlife Federation has created GreenHour.org where families can learn, explore, and share their outdoor experiences and backyard adventures.

  • North American Association for Environmental Education - A network of people who believe in teaching people how to think about the environment, not what to think. Their site includes advice on how to advocate for environmental education as a nonprofit. 

  • Organization for Bat Conservation - Organization for Bat Conservation has the largest outreach program for bat conservation in the U.S. OBC's mission is to preserve bats and their habitats through education, collaboration, and research. Live bat programs are presented for nature centers, museums, zoos, schools, and other educational institutes. 

  • OurEarth.org - The mission of OurEarth.org is to engage, empower, and nurture current and future environmental leaders by providing education and access to information.

  • Park Ranger Edu - The goal of Park Ranger Edu is to serve as an objective source of information to those who are interested in learning about becoming a park ranger; environmental stewardship, requirements, job duties, salary expectations and more.

  • Tennessee Environmental Education Association - The Tennessee Environmental Education Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmental education throughout Tennessee.

  • Utah Society for Environmental Education - The mission of USEE is to provide statewide leadership to expand the scope, quality, and effectiveness of environmental education.