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Coalition for Conservation

and Environmental Education (C2E2),

C2E2 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit of agencies, organizations, and individuals fostering environmental literacy in North Dakota for students, educators, homeschoolers, and citizens since 1995. Members provide or participate in Environmental and Water Festivals; Earth, Arbor, and History Day events; Eco-Eds and Envirothons; Wildlife, Conservation, Scout and 4-H Camps; and give school and public presentations for PreK-20+ youth. Our members work together to provide professional development, curriculum, and educational resources for teachers and natural resource professionals. Everyone should have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, values, and commitment needed to conserve and protect our natural and cultural resources. C2E2 takes a scientifically balanced approach to promoting life-long learning. 

Environmental literacy is having the knowledge, skills, understandings, attitudes, experiences, and motivation to sustainably use, enjoy, and protect the natural and cultural environments both as an individual and as a member of a local and global community.

When you become a member of C2E2, you become part of a group of individuals that have many of the same interests and values as you. If you can't join us, consider "supporting our efforts" with a donation.

Why do we need environmental education?

The environment sustains all life on earth. It provides us with nourishment and inspiration. Our economy thrives on a healthy environment. Research tells us time spent in nature provides physical and psychological benefits. Our personal and cultural identities are often tied to the environment around us. Environmental education (EE) is a process that helps individuals, communities, and organizations learn more about the environment, develop skills to investigate their environment. and to make intelligent informed decisions about how they can help take care of it.

C2E2 is the only recognized affiliate in ND of the North American 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. C2E2 encourages the use of the voluntary Excellence in EE Guidelines established by NAAEE for setting expectations for performance and achievement.


"An environmentally literate citizenry sustaining a quality environment for generations to come."


"Promote excellence in environmental education by providing support, resources, and networking opportunities to North Dakota's community of educators."


"Quality - Collaboration - Accessibility - Innovation - Responsiveness."


There has never been a more compelling time than now to help solve environmental issues that impact and involve our natural and cultural resources. With a growing list of partners, C2E2 is in the right place at the right time to help raise awareness, develop skills, and empower stewards of all ages to act. We have taken the lead in:

  • generating a "ND Environmental Literacy Plan,"
  • creating a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to build collaboration and visibility,
  • establishing a non-profit organization,
  • embedding EE into ND Science and Social Studies State Content Standards,
  • infusing environmental education into the University Program Standards for Teacher Education in Science and Social Studies,
  • building a web site to serve as a clearinghouse for information,
  • providing a calendar of EE events,
  • sponsoring an Outstanding Environmental Award for regional and the State Science Fairs,
  • selecting National Youth Science Camp scholarship winners for the governor from 2000-2019,
  • participating in a variety of PreK-20+ youth education events, such as Environmental and Water Festivals; Earth, Arbor, and Zoo Days; Eco-eds and Envirothons; etc.,
  • producing Trading Cards of trees, macroinvertebrates, and soils,
  • securing affiliate membership from NAAEE in 2011, and
  • providing professional development graduate credit and noncredit workshops for formal and nonformal educators working with PreK-20+ students..

If you would like to contact us, check out our Contacts Page or send us an Email

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What's New

Signed MOUs by C2E2 Partners

as of 1/11/19

Barnes County SCD

Jason Elston, Shelly Nelson,

Diane Olson, Jill Olson,

Charlene Stenson

Bureau of Reclamation

Arden Freitag

Cass County SCD

Jeff Milner

City of Fargo

Jennifer Pickett

Dakota College at Bottineau

Dr. Jerry Migler

Dakota Science Center

Dr. Laura Munski

Foster County SCD

Robert Houge

Garrison Dam Nat'l Fish Hatchery

Toni Ganje

Mayville State University

Keith Stenehjem

North Central Education Cooperative

Debby Marshall

ND Department of Public Instruction

Kirsten Baesler (Patty Carmichael)

ND Forest Service

Larry Kotchman, State Forester

(Tom Claeys)

ND Game & Fish Dept

Greg Link, Sherry Niesar

ND Geological Survey - Dept Min Res

Edward Murphy

ND Parks and Recreation Department

Melissa Baker

ND State Library

Mary Soucie

ND State Soil Conservation Committee

Barton Schott

ND State University

Frank Casey, School of Natural

Resource Science

Edward DeKeyser, Natural

Resources Management

ND State Water Commission

Garland Erbele

Northeast Education Services Coop

Jennifer Carlson

Prairie Water Education Center

Bonita Roswick

Project Learning Tree

Glenda Fauske

Project WET

Tina Harding

Red River Valley Education Coop

Janet O'Hara

River Keepers

Christina Holland (Kim Morris)

Rolette County SCD

Allen Schlenvogt (Tammy Lassonde)

State Historical Society of ND

Erik Holland

University of Mary

Loni Miller

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Mary E. Podoll, State Conservationist

(Tanya Koch)

University of North Dakota

Dr. Douglas Munski,Julie Robinson

Ryan Summers

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