Many of the Nature Based Education Consortium's initiatives arise from priorities identified in working groups.
Other initiatives are collaborative projects connecting us to other groups advancing equity in nature-based learning.
Stories for Change
Shifting the narrative of the outdoors
We're sharing stories of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and others who have deep and multifaceted relationships with the outdoors, and who have been excluded from outdoor narratives. A project of the Stories for Change working group.
Increasing outdoor access for BIPOC
We are working to remove barriers to outdoor access for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in Wabanaki Territory.
We distributed free state parks passes to over two hundred BIPOC individuals in Maine through Thrive Outside.
We are currently co-hosting the Outdoor Equity Fund with Maine Initiatives.
Teach ME Outside
Elevating community-designed solutions
Teach ME Outside is a collaborative project between the Nature Based Education Consortium, Maine Environmental Education Association, and the Maine Math and Science Alliance that supports and works in partnership with Maine communities to ensure that all Maine youth have access to powerful, hands-on environmental learning opportunities.
Moving toward systemic change
Our network of Maine youth, educators, advocates, and organizational and school leaders has been excited about advancing policies at the state level.
(Championed by the Climate Education Advocacy working group)
Local Outdoor Advocacy Network
Building power in communities across Maine
We are connecting and engaging a network of local advocates passionate about outdoor learning in the state.
A project of the Local Outdoor Learning Advocacy working group.
Stay tuned to learn more!