State Consortia

During EECapacity's first year, we worked with three state consortia. These are states who are interested in working with new and diverse audiences, including urban educators and communities of color. The states for Year I include Maryland, California, and Colorado. In May, five-member teams from each state came to Washington, DC for a 5-day national training workshop. They joined the project leadership team and the national dissemination partners in working together to develop a state plan, as well as build skills in cultural competency, strategic communications, advanced facilitation, the Guidelines for Excellence, and more. Each state conducted workshops for their state members with support from the leadership team and participated in training opportunities offered by the leadership team. Read more about these groups on the State Consortia page.

Project-Based Online Learning Communities

Project-based online learning communities are designed to keep EECapacity team members and supporters engaged in ongoing learning and sharing of practices. A learning community is a group of individuals who share collective goals and values, and who want to collaborate, share their practice openly, getting and giving help to peers, and engaging in reflective dialogue.

To learn about what is currently happening with project-based learning communities, visit the Online Communities page.


eePRO is an online platform that provides environmental education (EE) professionals from around the world with opportunities to network, discuss important issues, and access the most effective professional development resources available in our field. Anyone can join eePRO, and by joining, you gain access to job opportunities, webinars, online courses, workshops, and a variety of resources. You can also post resources, events, jobs, and other happenings that you want to share with the eePRO community.

eePRO community members can:

Learn more and join eePRO here:​  

The Urban EE Collective Group

The EECapacity project is attracting like-minded individuals who believe in the power of EE to change the lives of people—especially those living in urban areas. This network represents people with a variety of interests seeking platforms to share and gather information about EE. Because there is a growing interest in communicating about EE in urban settings, we launched the Urban EE Collective group on Facebook ( in Fall 2011.

Please join the discussion. We look forward to growing the network and inviting everyone to learn, share, and connect!

Faith and EE Group

This group is an open group for people interested in environmental education from the perspective of faith communities. This is a place to share resources, discuss your efforts, and connect with others working at the intersection of faith and EE. This group was originally set up for participants in the "EE: Working with Faith-based Communities" course. It is moderated by Nicole Jackson and Ellen Murphy. 

Nicole works as an Educator at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Some of her duties and responsibilities consist of creating and implementing pre-K through 12th grade programs that focus on horticulture, nutrition, and environmental education and coordinating summer camps for children ages 4-13. In the past, she began taking the online EE Capacity courses in 2012, which included EE in Urban Communities. In 2013, she was selected to participate in the Natural Leaders Network: Legacy Camp. This is an initiative of the Children & Nature Network that is made of dynamic and diverse millennials, ages 18-29, who are committed to connecting others in their community to the natural world. She was selected to be a 2014 Outdoor Afro Leadership Fellow. Outside of her job, she works on various projects that focus on capacity building and community outreach. She is in the process of creating a youth group that involves under-served youth doing more outdoor recreation activities and service projects in their community. 

Ellen Murphy has been Program Director for Potomac Valley Audubon Society since 2007. She has lived in the West Virginia Eastern Panhandle since 1994, serving as Program Director of the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Martinsburg and as Program and Property Manager and Product Sales Coordinator for the Girl Scouts of Shawnee Council in Martinsburg. Previously, she worked for the Girl Scouts in New Mexico and Louisiana and also served as an Interpretive Park Ranger at three different national parks in the south. Ellen has a Bachelor's degree in History and Secondary Education (cum laude) from Appalachian State University in Boone NC, and did graduate work in history at that institution. She received a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Shenandoah University in 2005. She and her husband Kevin live in Harpers Ferry.

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