Encouraging environmental stewardship and sustainability by supporting environmental educators.
CBEEN is the regional network for environmental education in the Columbia Basin.
Our organization supports a community of engaged and effective environmental educators by connecting them to resources, information,
professional development, and networking opportunities.
Wild Voices for Kids is a curriculum-linked, place-based environmental education program engaging local mentors in the education of K-12 students on the land, history, and culture of the Columbia Basin region.
Wild Voices is a unique program in the Basin as it enables local specialists to develop programs connected to the local environment and tailored to their area of expertise and passion.
CBEEN is energized by facilitating connections, and we are excited to provide opportunities to do so at many events and workshops throughout the year.
This includes workshops, webinars, and annual events such as the Inquiring Voices Sustainability Symposium, Environmental Education Leadership Clinic, and Celebrations of Environmental Education.
We are pleased to provide you with some of the best environmental education resources available!
This includes our Funding Directory, Organization Directory, Teaching Resources, Pro-D Bursaries, Job Board, Curriculum Resources, and more!
News, opportunities, and upcoming events.
FortisBC has been a long-time supporter of Wild Voices programs in the Basin communities they serve. Thank you FortisBC for helping us get more kids outside, learning in and from their natural environment!
Hey Teachers! Do you have an idea to help nature thrive at your school? You could receive up to $500 to bring your project to life with @WWFCanada’s Go Wild School Grants: http://ow.ly/PGQ130mwqeG. Deadline to apply is November 12th.
Want to really get things going for EE in your community? Check out this great webinar from our friends at Green Teacher: "Creating Community Wide Outdoor Education Festivals", available on our webinars page: https://cbeen.ca/webinars/. Learn more about the hosts work in Vancouver on...
We are still buzzing from #EECOM2018, and wanted to extend another heartfelt thanks to all of our amazing sponsors and partners who came on board to support the Canadian Classrooms to Communities (C2C) Environmental Education Conference! We are excited that this will be...
THANK-YOU to the Ktunaxa Nation, ʔaq̓am Community - St. Mary's Indian Band and St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino for being such wonderful hosts. We look forward to working with you again as we help to ensure our children and communities have strong connections with the land and people of this place.
Our hats go off to our conference partners, EECOM, Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA) and the BC Classrooms to Communities Network, and all school districts in the local region. We look forward to partnering with you to continue to support place-based learning in British Columbia!
Also, last but not least, a huge thanks goes out to our conference supporters and sponsors, including GreenLearning Canada Foundation, Project Learning Tree Canada, Royal Roads University, Alberta Council for Environmental Education, Wild BC Network - HCTF Education, BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF), Invermere College of the Rockies, Wildsight, Columbia Outdoor School, Columbia Basin Trust, Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, Kootenay Savings, Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK), City of Kimberley, Kootenay Kwik Print Ltd and Kicking Horse Coffee. You can rest assured that your support enabled participants to deepen their knowledge and relationships, better equipping them for their important work. https://eecom.org/eecom-2018/partners-supporters/
Participants enjoyed over 100 sessions and workshops on outdoor and environmental learning
BC’s Minister of Education Rob Fleming voicing his support for environmental education and place-based learning as being a key piece of BC’s redesigned curriculum.
Keynotes greeted by a packed house with 300 educators across Canada participating
ʔaq̓am Nasuʔkin (Chief) Joe Pierre taking the time to greet each of the 300 conference participants at the Opening Circle.
Wild Voices has programs on agriculture and school gardens across the Basin, but it's in the fertile Creston Valley that they truly shine. Check out the selection of food-centric programs from Creston educator Melissa Flint here: http://cbeen.ca/wildvoices-programs/
If Green Teacher's "Why Learn About Insects?" webinar with Rob Bixler got you jazzed to get buggy with your primary class, check out our Wild Voices programs on insects in the East ("The Wee Things That Rule the Earth") and West Kootenay ("A Bug's Life/La...
We're just a week away from Take Me Outside Day! Next Wednesday, join over 20,000 students and teachers across Canada in learning, alfresco: http://ow.ly/jQhw30lT473
It's Waste Reduction Week in Canada, what can you or your class do to learn and contribute? Find out how to get involved in WRW and it's daily themes here: http://ow.ly/XrpT30md7hw. There's also some great learning resources available for your class through our...
This October is FULL of amazing webinars from our partner organizations! The next? "Designing Green Schoolyards - With and For the School Community" with Children & Nature Network: https://cbeen.ca/webinars/
This week we gathered with a great group of representatives from communities across the Basin for training on effective organics collection programs using community-based social marketing (CBSM).