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.
For over twenty years, the Trench Society has worked with various partners in the Rocky Mountain Trench to restore grasslands and dry forests on Crown land, within provincial and national parks, on private conservation properties, and on First Nations reserves from Radium Hot Springs to the US border. Over the years, their outreach has included webinars, field tours and presentations for classrooms.
Find out more about the Trench Society, and over 125 other community organizations in the Basin, by checking out our directory: https://cbeen.ca/directory/
Find out more about Eriel's organization, Indigenous Climate Action, on their Facebook Page.
The EcoSociety has a long history with #enviroed through their work with the Kokanee Creek Nature Centre. Their programs and projects are expanding, including the 100% Renewable Kootenays Initiative, and they're looking to grow their team! Find their Communications Coordinator posting on CBEEN's job board: https://cbeen.ca/job-volunteer-board/.
Find out more about the EcoSociety, and 125+ other organizations in the Basin, on our Organization Directory: https://cbeen.ca/directory/
Parachutes for the Planet is a youth inspired collective international art project illustrating concern for climate change. Local representatives are looking to get K-12 classrooms in the Basin involved in creating parachutes to display at the Victoria Legislature this May! Interested? Find more information, here: https://cbeen.ca/directory/
We've also included this great initiative as part of our Climate Change Education resources page: https://cbeen.ca/climate-change/
Operated by the Ktunaxa Nation Council, the Interpretive Centre is where the Ktunaxa people come together to give visitors a taste of their rich heritage, mythology and culture. Morning and Afternoon tours are offered Monday-Friday every week!
Find out more about the Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre and over 125 other organizations in the region at http://cbeen.org/directory/.
Groundswell Network Society promotes community sustainability through education and by the advancement of innovative projects that result in health for people, the environment and the economy: just one arm of which is their Community Greenhouse and Gardens! Don't miss their upcoming Seed & Plant swap this coming Saturday: http://ow.ly/G0CL30nATgq
Groundswell is just one of the organizations working locally on Climate Change mitigation and adaptation! Check them out on our directory: https://cbeen.ca/directory/. Don't miss some other great #ClimateEd resources, here: https://cbeen.ca/climate-change/
BC Parks protects representative and special natural places within the province’s Protected Areas System for world-class conservation, outdoor recreation, education and scientific study. In addition to their other important work in the Basin, BC Parks supports our Wild Voices program by providing bussing subsidy for classrooms visiting nearby parks! You can find them among our other important funders here: https://cbeen.ca/cbeen-supporters/.
BC Parks is now hiring for seasonal Park Ranger positions across the province! Find details on our job board: https://cbeen.ca/job-volunteer-board/
Learn more about BC Parks and over 125 other organizations in the region at http://cbeen.org/directory/.
Columbia Outdoor School educates youth and adults to broaden perspectives, develop science literacy and foster appreciation for engaged citizenship. The society owns and operates Blue Lake Camp and coordinates the Restore Joseph Creek Project. In case you missed it, there are a number of great job opportunities for Columbia Outdoor School's spring and summer season posted on CBEEN's job board: https://cbeen.ca/job-volunteer-board/
Find out more about Columbia Outdoor School and over 125 other organizations in the region at http://cbeen.org/directory/.