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.
The essay competition is aimed at primary and secondary school students, supported by Teacher Champions, parents and schools. (To participate, each school simply needs to register a Teacher Champion to coordinate on its behalf.)
Students and Teacher Champions who participate in the essay competition will be eligible to participate in a Country Debate on the same theme in Spring 2020, leading to an online International Debate (among the top performing students) and Teacher Champions Exchange in Summer 2020. For the first time ever, the international events will take place online to help support the broadest possible participation from around the world.
For more info on the Schools Essay Competition, as well as the Country Debate and International Schools Debates, go to: http://ow.ly/oaGg50xekYA
found so far, which is great news!
The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS) has been sampling across the region this summer in the search for invasive mussels (Zebra and Quagga mussels). Invasive mussels could severely impact our enjoyment of lakes and rivers, damage native ecosystems, and cost millions annually in management if they ever got into B.C. waters.
For more info, check out: https://columbiashuswapinvasives.org/csiss-autumn-updates/
“Students, parents and teachers agreed that schools should be doing more to educate young people about climate change and that climate change education is the responsibility of the school system.”
According to the study there is a lack of basic knowledge about climate change among Canadians, including many Canadian teachers.
To read more about this survey and the findings, go to: http://www.lsf-lst.ca/en/cc-survey
Register your school’s green team with BC Green Games now! Check out bcgreengames.ca for more information.
The early bird deadline is just around the corner! Register your school’s Green Team action plan with BC Green Games by November 30 for a chance to win an early bird prize.
More will be added to the series, but check out the following three modules:
* Let's Go to the Pond (K-3): https://bit.ly/2q2sP5r
* Let's Go to the Grassland (4-6): https://bit.ly/36ez8DS
* Let's Go to the Forest (7-9): https://bit.ly/2JtaIfT
Check out our Wild Voices program database, which is searchable by school district, season, grade level, and topic: https://cbeen.ca/wildvoices-programs/
Regular priced programs as follows:
* 1-2 hr in class program = $150
* half-day field study = $250
* full-day field study = $350
Don't miss out on this deal to bring more experiential, environmental education to your students!
We hope that you and your class have an awesome day teaching and learning outside today!🌲🍁🌞
If you are looking for some ideas on what to do with you class, check out http://kbee.ca/outside/ for some awesome ideas.
And, while there, why not sign up for KBEE's 2019-2020 TAKE ME OUTSIDE FOR LEARNING SCHOOL YEAR CHALLENGE, which is open for all six school districts in the basin! But, hurry up...registration ends Oct 31! More info and registration here: http://kbee.ca/outside/
Awesome prizes for the year long challenge, including a free set of BC Nature Guides for every teacher who registers, and 1 of 7 complimentary Wild Voices Programs!!
Bat Week is coming up Oct 24-Oct 31! This is an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in the environment. Check out www.bcbats.ca for more info!
Looking for some info on local bats? Kootenay Community Bat Project focuses on promoting bat conservation and community-based bat inventory. And Wild Voices has 5 programs that focus on bats! https://bit.ly/35CdxoB