What Is KAEE?

The vision of KAEE is an environmentally literate society committed to a sustainable future.

The mission of KAEE is to promote excellence in environmental education by providing support, resources, and networking opportunities to Kentucky’s community of educators.


The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education is a non-profit, membership-based, professional organization supporting environmental literacy in Kentucky. Since 1976, the KAEE has worked to build a sustainable environment through education.  KAEE is one of the country’s oldest associations supporting environmental education and the first affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education.

KAEE has an established network of over 200 individual and organizational members made up of local and state board and department of education representatives, governmental representatives from natural resource related agencies, business and industry representatives, and non-profit EE related organizations.  KAEE works with members and partners to bring sound environmental education to all citizens of the Commonwealth, both young and old.  We work together because we care about education, our environment, and our future.

KAEE relies on the skills and talents of the many dedicated educators of our state to build environmental education into their curricula and programs.  The educational principles that KAEE promotes were developed through the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education, sponsored by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).


What is Environmental Education?

Environmental Education:

  • is learner-centered, providing students with opportunities to construct their own understanding through hands-on, minds-on investigations.
  • recognizes the importance of investigating the environment within the context of human influences, incorporating an examination of economics, culture, political structure, and social equity as well as natural processes and systems
  • is effective education. It increases public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provides the skills to make informed decisions and take responsible actions. Environmental Education does not advocate a particular viewpoint or course of action.


2012-2015 Strategic Plan

KAEE’s goals over the next several years include:

  1. Provide quality educational programs and resources for environmental education.
  2. Build KAEE’s organizational effectiveness to support environmental education in Kentucky.
  3. Build public support for and investment in environmental education in Kentucky.
  4. Enhance the capacity and resiliency of the environmental education field in Kentucky and beyond.

In addition, KAEE is working to build capacity across the region and the continent through its role as a leader in the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEA) and the NAAEE Affiliate Network. For more information on these partners, please visit www.southeastee.org and www.naaee.org.

For more information, please download and print the KAEE Brochure and consider distributing to other individuals who might be interested in KAEE.


KAEE is in the process of revising its new strategic plan, which will be posted soon.





KAEE is proud to serve as the Kentucky affiliate of the North America Association for Environmental Education.  The Affiliate Network promotes collaboration for maximum effectiveness and efficiency and a unified voice for Environmental Education across North America and beyond.