Assess Your EE Program or Career – with a map!

eeecology_body2Introducing eeEcology, a free, easy-to-use tool that should be a boon to many an environmental educator, formal or non-formal.  Here’s how it works:

  1. enter the goals of your program
  2. enter your program activities, audience, and work environment
  3. eeEcology creates a visual map of these program aspects
  4. You can visually connect your program activities with your goals
  5. You can write in details about how these connections work and how future connections might be made.

Why would this be useful?

Environmental education is a multi-faceted job, whether you’re in a classroom or out in the woods.  We strive to organize things into comprehensible chunks for our students, while still maintaining the complexity inherent in natural systems.  The eeEcology tool can help us do the same for our programs or our EE career trajectories. Here are some specifics about how eeEcology can be useful:

  • Visualize and focus your program or your path as an Environmental Educator
  • Tool for explaining to others where you are headed with your EE program or career, and what you’ve already accomplished.
  • You can save your work online, or convert it to PDF format for printing or presentations.
  • The interface is very quick and easy to use – you don’t even have to register to use the tool.  You can get through the entire process in less than 10 minutes, depending on how much you have to write.
  • Could even be used for students completing a large project with multiple goals and activities.

From the eeEcology website:

Your eeEcology Map is a visual and written guide to your own understanding of what you hope to accomplish as an environmental educator (EE).

Just as there are many relationships within ecosystems, the way you teach EE has its own “ecology” – the activities you engage in, the results you hope to achieve, the people with whom you work, and the places where you do your work.

Creating an eeEcology Map will help you to think about how your activities enable you to help the people and places you care about.

About jennicaskoug

A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer making her way in outdoor education.
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