MISSION: To encourage environmental stewardship and sustainability in the Canadian Columbia Basin by supporting environmental educators.
VISION: People in the Canadian Columbia Basin respect the natural environment and engage in sustainable activities.
CBEEN is a Non-Profit Society and Registered Charity.
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. CBEEN has been working hard to connect educators with the best resources, information, professional development, delivery and networking opportunities available. We find efficiencies associated with facilitating and strengthening environmental education throughout the region.
The Canadian Columbia Basin stretches from the Okanagan in the east to the Alberta border in the west 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.
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 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 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.
A BIG welcome to Rebecca Bergshoeff, our new Wild Voices Program Manager. Rebecca (far right) will be transitioning into this role over the summer, and looks forward to supporting environmental learning across the Columbia Basin!
It's been another remarkable school year! As we embark, may your summers be wild and full of wonder... naturally. #wildvoicesforkids
Still a few spots left in next week's Interpretive Guides Association Group Management course offered in Revelstoke by Flexpeditions and supported by CBEEN. http://cbeen.ca/workshops/
BC Hydro has supported the outdoor learning of thousands of students with #wildvoicesforkids: we're so thankful for their 2017 contribution!
40 educators now have more effective tools & practices to encourage positive behaviour change in their communities!
Our friends Blue Lake Centre are celebrating their 40th anniversary! Join them on June 10 for a BBQ, tours and activities, and some BIG news!
We had a lovely evening last night recognizing our Wild Voices for Kids team - Susie MacDonald and Sonja Seher.
Congrats to Linda out for winning our award of environmental education excellence!
Support from the Community Fund of North Kootenay Lake will make more #wildvoicesforkids programs, like Jane's, possible in our coming year!