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.
- Student rangers with BC Parks
- LOTS of positions with Columbia Outdoor School & Blue Lake Camp
- positions with the Ktunaxa Nation
- community ed coordinator with Selkirk College
- + more!
Go to: http://ow.ly/VS0K50y7e1f
CBEEN members can now apply for a $250 bursary to assist you in attending this annual conference!
The conference will consist of a variety of place-based workshops, experiences, gatherings, community-based excursions and opportunities for collaboration and dialogue. Collaborative, co-delivered offerings celebrated shared successes and goals related to place-based learning are encouraged.
Registration will open in Spring, 2020!
For more info on the C2C conference, go to: https://c2c-bc.org/conference/
For more info on the bursary, go to: https://cbeen.ca/bursary/
When: May 6-9, 2020
Where: Yasodhara Ashram, Kootenay Lake
The Art of Hosting is a three-day leadership training course that scales from the personal to the systemic. It will help you develop leadership practices that co-create a collective impact that responds to the complex challenges surrounding us. Participants will learn models and practices to maximize personal leadership abilities and surface the collective intelligence needed to respond to the most pressing issues of our times.
For more info and to register, go to: http://ow.ly/9jCO50xXFrX
Space is limited!
Funding is available for new projects that engage Canadians and clearly demonstrate measurable, positive results related to the key environmental priority: Freshwater.
Your project must include one related priority result:
1. Canadians contribute to the improvement of water quality through the diversion and reduction of harmful substances in freshwater
2. Canadians contribute to improvement of freshwater management and increase climate resilience through action involving the development and/or restoration of natural infrastructure
For more info, go to: http://ow.ly/I8gC50y14Sl
When: Sept 25-27, 2020
Where: Quantum Leaps Retreat on the Blaeberry River near Golden
The goal of this annual event is to bring together educators to learn, share, connect, and collaborate with one another. These retreats are a great opportunity to network, exchange resources and stories, inspire one another, and have fun through dialogue and activity.
For more info and to register, go to: http://ow.ly/bJFW50xXFuQ
What: Community Connections Outdoors workshop, led by Dave Quinn
When: January 31, 2020
The goal of the day is to share ideas and activities suitable for a range of ages, centered on getting your class outdoors more in the winter months, with a focus on community-based programs and activities available to teachers to enable more engaging outdoor winter fun with their classes.
$30 discount for CBEEN members!
For more info, and to register, go to: https://cbeen.ca/community-connections-outdoors/
GO Grants provide field trip grants for British Columbia K-12 classes and schools to help get students outdoors to learn about B.C.’s fish, wildlife, habitats and biodiversity. GO Grants cover transportation, project materials and or program fees to support student learning and connecting in nature.
Max request / class is $600
Max request / school is $3500
For more info and to complete an application, go to: https://www.hctfeducation.ca/go-grants/
- Sparwood, Jan 15, 10:30-11:30am
- Kimberley, Jan 22, 10:30-11:30am
Reps from non-profit organizations and community groups in the East Kootenay are invited to attend. The intake 2020 intake period for the BC Hydro Community Grant is Feb-Mar.
Registration info in the photo below.
Learn how to be an ambassador for outdoor safety and get your certification as an AdventureSmart Presenter!
Registration info in the poster below.
This position, based out of a home office anywhere in the Canadian Columbia Basin, averages 28 hours/week over the course of the year (flexible working schedule) with some travel, evening and weekend work required. Salary is $37,856 – $39,312 per year, commensurate with experience. This position is entitled to 3 weeks of paid vacation, which can be used as accrued.
Applications due Jan 12, 2020.
For more info, and to apply, go to: http://ow.ly/fFMH50xneSq