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Register by May 11 for the "Kentucky Academic Standards and EE Connections" workshop series

Nonformal environmental educators are invited to join the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Environmental Education Council for this four-part workshop series about integrating environmental education and the Kentucky Academic Standards. We’ll use the science standards as the core framework but integrate math, English language arts, and global competencies as we explore an environmental education theme. Participants will reflect on their own work and practice, and have the opportunity to network between workshops via an online forum.

If you really want to focus on understanding and connecting your EE program to the Kentucky Academic Standards, regardless of if you have taken the EE Certification course, this is the workshop series for you!

These workshops are sponsored by our two locations:
Bernheim Arboretum, Sheperdsville (May 18, July 13, September 14, November 16)
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, Lexington (May 24, July 12, September 13, November 15)

Time: All workshops are 10 AM – 4 PM, eastern time zone.
Cost: $125 for the series, lunch and materials included

To register, send the registration form and payment to by May 11, 2016.
Submit a proposal by May 16 to be an instructor for the Professional Environmental Educator Certification course 
KEEC is seeking additional instructors for the upcoming 2016-17 Professional Environmental Educator Certification (PEEC) course. You may view the request for proposal (RFP) by visiting (Vendor Self Service System) and either selecting “Guest Access” OR if you are a registered vendor, entering your USER ID and Password, if you are NOT a registered vendor you may select “Register” where you will be able to create a new account, there is a step by step guide that will walk you through this process labeled “VSS Registration Quick Start Guide” within the Vendor Self Service webpage. Please note: if you have any problems accessing this proposal or signing in/registering please contact the Customer Resource Center (CRC) by email at, or phone 502-564-9641, or toll-free 877-973-HELP (4357). The Customer Resource Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. EST.
*****Proposals are due in hard copy to Lori Miller, 500 Mero Street, Capital Plaza Tower, Room 232, Frankfort, KY, on May 16, 2016, by 2:30 PM Eastern time.*****
We did not have enough proposal submittals from the first RFP, so we have issued another RFP to hire one instructor each for:
• Workshop 1, November 3-5, 2016, Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park
• Workshop 2, December 1-3, 2016, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
• Workshop 4, March 23-25, 2017, Barren River Lake State Resort Park and Mammoth Cave National Park
Only Certified Professional Environmental Educators with up-to-date certification are eligible to submit proposals.
Please do not contact KEEC staff with questions; under state procurement rules, KEEC staff may not answer questions about the RFP process.
We know this process is very formal and rule-bound, but we are sincerely interested in having you join us as course instructors! Thank you for working with us as we establish this new process!
Register by June 10 for the "STEAMing up the Classroom with Water Education" workshop

KEEC is partnering with Virginia Chance School, Kentucky State University, and the Kentucky Association of Environmental Education to offer a PreK-5 educator workshop, “STEAMing Up the Classroom with Water Education”, this June. Enjoy a Behind-the-Scenes Tour at the Newport Aquarium and receive quality curriculum for integrated English language arts, math, and science instruction during this experiential workshop.

When: June 23, 2016 from 9 AM – 4PM
Where: Newport Levee Community Center, Community Room, Suite B, 1 Levee Way, Newport, Ky 41071
Register: By June 10 at
Cost: $35 includes lunch, materials, and tour.
Discount: Save $5 on the workshop if you also register for the KAEE Sustainability Symposium in Northern Kentucky on June 24, 2016.
Apply now for the 2016-17 Professional Environmental Educator Certification course 

Join the Kentucky Environmental Education Council, and dedicated environmental educators from across the state of Kentucky, in the upcoming Professional Environmental Educator Certification course. The course will be held in four workshops from November 2016 to March 2017. Here are just a few of the reasons this will be a great year to participate:
  • Thanks to a grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky, $5000 in scholarships are available to course participants.
  • In 2015, the course earned national accreditation from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).
  • It is one of only three NAAEE-accredited programs in North America.

This will be the tenth offering of the course. Since its launch in 2004, 187 participants have completed the course. KEEC continues to build on the foundation laid in those previous years, offering great ideas for activities to use in your own work and a thorough understanding of environmental education best practices. The course is based on the Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators, developed by NAAEE. The course also relates environmental education content to Kentucky Academic Standards.

A participant from the 2014-15 course told us, "It has enriched and energized my work. I have already begun implementing some of the activities and they have been well received. Very valuable! Thank you! Networking with colleagues in the field is wonderful! I feel more connected and part of something bigger. It filled gaps in my knowledge."

The course application, syllabus, scholarship application, and course schedule are available here
. The deadline for submitting applications is July 15, 2016, but enrollment is limited to the first 25 applicants who send complete applications, including the $200 registration fee. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their awards by August 8.

The switch to a biannual schedule and availability of scholarships have only increased interest in the course, so you will want to submit your application early to reserve your place. For more information, see the course overview or write
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Capital Plaza Tower, Room 1901 
Frankfort, KY 40601 
(502) 564-5937 
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Fax: (502) 564-6784 
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