Current and Upcoming Courses

EECapacity’s online courses are highly interactive--based on the premise that learning from peers is equally as important as learning formal knowledge from instructors. The courses seek to connect educators across North America and to form an ongoing learning community. Several courses are more content-driven and can contribute to formal environmental education certification programs. See below for a list of courses happening at this time.

Most of our courses follow a four-week format incorporating multi-media and numerous opportunities for interaction among participants. In 2015, we launched an online community of practice that integrates our online courses with opportunities for collaboration and innovation among professional environmental educators, researchers, and students.

The online courses are currently free. However, to ensure the sustainability of the courses over time fees of $50-$200 will be charged in the future. Those completing courses receive a certificate from Cornell University. For a fee, university credit may be arranged for some courses.

Courses taught in Spring 2016:
Environmental Education: A Transcdisciplinary Approach to Addressing Wicked Problems (Registration is now closed, but this course will open for self-study after May 1, 2016)

Upcoming courses for Fall 2016 (Dates to be announced):

Achievements of Environmental Education (Instructors: Marianne Krasny, Anne Ferguson)

Reclaiming Broken Places: Introduction to Civic Ecology​ (Enrollment now open, course begins September 6, 2016)

Past Courses

Sep 6 2016 to Oct 28 2016

This course will investigate how environmental educators can effectively address the polarizing topic of climate change in their communities and work.

Jan 4 2016 to Jan 31 2016 Currently closed for credit

This course will review relevant theory, curricula, and inspirational practical stories to help you improve your own urban environmental educational program.

Apr 1 2015 to May 27 2015

Becoming effective climate change educators requires first and foremost facing the reality of climate change –it’s here, it’s big, and it’s the most important issue we face. It then requires reflecting on what environmental education (EE) approaches are appropriate given the challenges climate change presents. Together, course participants will seek answers to the question of how we can adapt our educational approaches given the reality of climate change.

Apr 10 2015 to May 22 2015

Designed for professionals, upper level undergraduates, and graduate students engaged in civic ecology practices, during this 12-week course, participants gained an understanding of civic ecology practices, reflected on and outlined opportunities to expand their own practice, and formed a network with other civic ecology practitioners and researchers.

Jan 19 2015 to Feb 27 2015

This is a 6-week professional development course designed for public garden educators to guide them as they seek to develop outreach programs aimed at improving environmental awareness among their adult and youth constituents.

Sep 22 2014 to Oct 19 2014

This is a professional development course designed for environmental educators. Participants will review measurement/evaluation tools (surveys, interviews, focus groups, analysis of student journals, etc.). Additionally, participants will also design a measurement/evaluation tool that you can use in your own environmental education program.

Sep 11 2014 to Oct 11 2014

This is a 6-week professional development course designed for environmental educators to explore the role storytelling can play in facilitating student learning, and as a teaching in both formal and non-formal settings. Each participant will have an opportunity to develop a short narrative regarding an environmental issue or concept of their choosing. The stories created from this course will be used as examples to help inform future practice for other educators.

Jun 16 2014 to Jul 27 2014 Open for self-study

This is a professional development course designed for environmental educators and program managers to get up to speed with current Internet technologies that can support education and marketing programs this summer. Pick and choose the technologies you want to learn. Implement them into your programs this summer!

May 12 2014 to Jun 8 2014 Currently closed for credit, Open for self-study

This is a professional development course designed for environmental educators and community development professionals interested in working with members of the military community. The objectives of this 4-week course is to increase participants' capacity to develop programs that increase environmental awareness and utilize the therapeutic value of nature in building resilient communities.

Mar 3 2014 to Mar 30 2014 Currently closed for credit, Open for self-study

Through this online course, you will increase your capacity to use environmental education (EE) research to improve your education program. Designed for professional development of environmental educators, and of leaders and volunteers working with youth and communities, this 4-week online course will help you use EE research in your education programs.

Feb 12 2014 to Mar 14 2014 Currently closed for credit, Open for self-study

This is a professional development course designed for educators and faith leaders working at the intersection of faith and the environment. This is a 4-week online course that provides a survey of environmental issues along with approaches to integrating faith and environmental awareness in religious education and community outreach. The course is designed to encourage student interaction and collaboration.

Feb 10 2014 to Mar 9 2014 Currently closed for credit, Open for self-study

"Urban Environmental Education" (UEE) is a 4-week online course. Designed for professional development of educators, this course will offer a research-based review of UEE practices. Participants will reflect on UEE goals, such as environmental knowledge, behavior, youth development and ecosystem services in cities.

Jan 27 2014 to Feb 21 2014 Currently closed for credit

This course was developed to share strategies for not only attracting a diversity of stakeholders to your consortia but also empowering course participants with the tools to orchestrate a diversity of perspectives and capacities and build collective goals around increased environmental literacy and action.

May 8 2013

This course aids zoo and aquarium educators in developing new informal environmental education programs or improving existing programs. Several resources are provided throughout this course based on three main areas of focus: EPA Environmental Priorities, NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education, and target audiences from underserved populations (offered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums).

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