For Adults Working Directly with Young People

Environmental Action Civics Educator Workshop

August 1st - August 3rd, 2023

Join the 2023 Cohort


Join a community of practice around Environmental Action Civics.


Learn a model to build youth-adult partnerships while meeting standards


Unlock exclusive ongoing support from the Earth Force team

Put civic action into your program

Learn how to implement Environmental Action Civics to promote student-led civic action in various educational settings. Our six step process and resources start with students’ lived experiences and offer concrete steps to involve community stakeholders, democratically decide on the issue and solution, and advocate for a policy or practice change. When students have these three experiences, research shows they will be more environmentally and civically motivated to take action in the future.

Walk away with a plan

Bring your curriculum, standards, or scope and sequence and be ready to spend time in community! You’ll collaborate with other educators from around the country. After completing the workshop, you’ll earn an Environmental Action Civics Educator Certificate and the Full Educator’s Guide with accompanying student-facing resources that are fully customizable.

A Year-Long Cohort

You are committed and so are we. You’ll get a full year of unlimited coaching from the Earth Force team, virtual quarterly meetups to problem solve and support each other, and spring showcase during Environmental Action Civics Week.

What Educators Are Saying...

Sarah and Taylor were amazing facilitators. They were patient, organized, kind, and knowledgeable!

This was one of the best teacher trainings I have ever done.

I love that this isn't just a "do this" or "learn this" workshop, but a building workshop to help us empower our students to do what they want and learn what they want.

After this week's training, I have the confidence to implement an Environmental Action Civics project with my students. While it may not go smoothly the first time, I feel supported by the Earth Force staff that we'll be able to navigate the challenges that come our way.

I feel more confident engaging students in civic action projects now that I have a framework and guiding resources to move us forward.

Meet Your Facilitators

Sarah Jennings
Program Manager

Sarah coordinates the Caring for Our Watersheds Chesapeake Bay challenge and provides support in Environmental Action Civics in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Taylor Ruffin
Program Manager

Taylor manages the RISE Challenge in Colorado, supporting educators and organizations in Environmental Action Civics. 

Apply Here

We are accepting applications until June 30, 2023. Click below to access the interest form.

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When is the workshop?

Tuesday, August 1st - Thursday, August 3rd, 2023

11am-4pm ET (9am-2pm MT) 

The sessions include synchronous and asynchronous components.

Is this standards-aligned?

Yes! Environmental Action Civics aligns with MWEEs, NAAEE K-12 Guidelines for Excellence, PBL Gold Standards, NGSS, and the C3 Framework, among many other state science, environmental literacy, and climate change standards.

Who should attend?

We welcome a variety of adults who work directly with youth! You will get the most out of the training if you work with middle or high school aged young people. Environmental Action Civics is particularly helpful for science educators, librarians, specialists, eco-club educators, agriculture educators, civics and social studies educators, and ELA educators. We highly recommend attending with your admin, co-teacher, and/or instructional coach. If you train other educators, consider attending our Train-the-Trainer workshop instead!

What's the structure?

The Workshop is virtual, with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning. We've been working virtually since 2010 - and we've developed a sense of how to build community even through screens! One participant said "Earth Force staff showed off some stellar virtual facilitation techniques that as a fellow facilitator I will definitely be putting into action!"

Is funding available?

Thanks to our incredible funders, this workshop is free! Following the workshop, mid-Atlantic educators with students working on watershed issues and Colorado educators with students working on natural hazards issues are eligible for up to $1,000 in supplies to complete Environmental Action Civic projects.

Photo by Dawid Zawiła on Unsplash

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