CBEEN is the regional network for environmental education in the Columbia Basin.
To encourage environmental stewardship and sustainability in the Canadian Columbia Basin by supporting environmental educators.
People in the Canadian Columbia Basin respect the natural environment and engage in sustainable activities.
1. Continue to grow an active network of environmental educators.
2. Encourage active collaboration on environmental education initiatives amongst CBEEN members, organizations and communities.
3. Support access to environmental education.
4. Strengthen the capacity of environmental educators throughout the Columbia Basin.
5. Maintain a sustainable organization which has effective and ethical governance in accordance with its non-profit and charitable status.
CBEEN is a Non-Profit Society and Registered Charity.
Over a decade ago, educators from across the Canadian Columbia Basin recognized that they shared geographic and cultural links and also a common interest in environmental education (EE).
The Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) was born out of this shared sense of identity and from the common desire to support and promote EE on a regional scale. Over the past 10 years CBEEN has grown from a small group of passionate educators to a large and vibrant network of educators from across the Columbia Basin and beyond.
The Canadian Columbia Basin stretches from the Okanagan in the west to the Alberta border in the east and from Valemount in the north to the United States border in the south.
The communities within this region are linked through the water and their citizens’ past and future are intertwined historically, socially, economically, and environmentally. The region is also internationally recognized for its biodiversity values. Networks like CBEEN facilitate connections and information exchange among individuals who share common interests, inspiring innovation and efficiencies at all levels. This is especially important in the largely rural context of the Canadian Columbia Basin where communities are small, geographically dispersed and resources are limited.
Staff & Board of Directors
In 2018, CBEEN’s Executive Director, Duncan Whittick, won the Canadian Environmental Education ‘Outstanding Individual in an Organization’ award. This national award is presented to an individual associated with an organization who has made a significant contribution to environmental education in Canada.
In 2018, Cheryl Lenardon (CBEEN Director) received a Canadian Award of Excellence on behalf of the Kootenay-Boundary Environmental Education Committee (KBEE), representing school districts 5, 6, 8, 10, 20 and 51. This is an initiative of the Kootenay-Boundary Chapter of the BC School Superintendents Association.
In 2014, CBEEN was successful in nominating the Columbia Basin Trust for a National Award of Excellence, recognizing their outstanding capacity building efforts of environmental education across the Columbia Basin. CBEEN had the privilege of presenting this to CBT on behalf of the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication.
In 2015, CBEEN was the sole recipient of the province-wide BC School Superintendent Association (BCSSA) Community Award of Recognition. This award recognized CBEEN’s “outstanding contributions to support and enhance public school education in the Province of British Columbia”.
In 2015, CBEEN Director Monica Nissen was named ‘Outstanding Environmental Education Non-Profit Individual’ by the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) at its national conference in Canmore.
In 2013, CBEEN was named ‘Outstanding Environmental Education Membership Organization’ by the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) at its national conference for its ongoing successful support of environmental education across the region.
News, opportunities, and upcoming events.
This field study is all about wilderness survival: how to best prepare for wilderness adventures, mitigate risks and manage incidents in the wilderness. Students come away from this work having had valuable teamwork and leadership experience. "Essential Survival Skills/La Survie Sauvage" is offered in English and French!
Teachers can find and book this field study through the direct link, here: http://ow.ly/nvcj30o8JKI. Find more of Mireille's program, among other great environmental learning experiences in our directory at https://cbeen.ca/wildvoices-programs/.
In "All About Bats", students explore the fascinating world of the “Chiroptera” family - Bats! Tailored and available to all seasons, students learn about bat biology, ecology and dispell myths about bats through hands-on activities and games.
Teachers can find and book Mandy's presentation for Revelstoke through the direct link, here: http://ow.ly/qC1q30o8Igd. Find an "All About Bats" for your area, among other great environmental learning opportunities, in our directory at https://cbeen.ca/wildvoices-programs/.
Through the story of lktomi Luta Wi (Red Spider Woman), students learn to all co-create responsible, kind relationships not only with each other, but also with Nature. Students explore the Traditional Indigenous Worldview and the interconnectedness of all life through story, ceremony, games and creative art over the course of this full day program.
Teacher's can find a direct link to Web of Life Initiative here: http://ow.ly/g9w630o8FVl. For more great environmental learning programs, check out our complete listing at https://cbeen.ca/wildvoices-programs/.
Friends of Kootenay Lake encourage a broader and deeper understanding the lake’s ecosystems and strive to build cooperative relationships among Kootenay Lake communities. Every lakeside community member has a role to play in protecting the lake’s immense value. Save the date for their Spring Beach Clean-up at Kokanee Creek this April 27th: http://ow.ly/Dotz30o9MA6.
Find the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society among 125+ other organizations in our directory at https://cbeen.ca/directory/!
For Citizen Science: Birding at Kokanee Creek, Nelson area students get to be an ornithologist for a day at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park! Groups will learn how to identify local birds by sight and by their calls; look for bird sign (woodpecker excavations, nests, tracks, owl pellets etc.); and talk about the relationship of birds to their habitat.
Teachers can find a direct link to this full day field study, here: http://ow.ly/35Fp30o8EtN. For more great environmental learning programs, check out our complete listing at https://cbeen.ca/wildvoices-programs/.
The RDI, at Selkirk College, is a regional research centre with a mandate to support communities through the provision of information, applied research and outreach. The RDI collects, analyzes and synthesizes data on economic, social, cultural and environmental indicators for each community in the Basin. A great resource for secondary and post-secondary educators and students!
Find the RDI among 125+ other organizations in CBEEN's Directory: https://cbeen.ca/directory/