Environmental Education - Engaging Military Communities

Warning message

Submissions for this form are closed.

Course Overview: This is a professional development course designed for environmental educators and community development professionals interested in working with members of the military community. Exposure to nature through outdoor recreation, gardening, tree planting and similar activities has been especially valuable to returning warriors and their families. The potential impacts include improved personal health, resiliency, strengthening family ties and community cohesion. The objective of this course is to increase participants' capacity to develop programs that increase environmental awareness and utilize the therapeutic value of nature in building resilient communities. 

Topics covered in this course will include: 

  • EE related practices that address military communities.
  • Environment education programming for military families and personnel. 
  • The role of nature for community building and therapy for veterans.
  • Environmental Education Guidelines and Military Communities. 

Course Format: This is a 4-week online course centered around developing group projects relevant to the work of environmental education (EE) that addresses the unique perspectives of military communities. Participants will work on crafting a program plan (outdoor adventure, garden party, tree planting activity, etc.) that combines EE in a way that addresses the specific needs of veterans, military families, and/or broader military community. This project will serve as one of the key outcomes of the learning experience. Participants will also be exposed to EE topics through video, weekly webinars with leaders in the field, as well as print publications. 

Dates: 2014-05-12 00:00:00 to 2014-06-08 00:00:00 Learning Platform:

Google Apps for Education and Facebook

Course Requirements:

Computer with Internet Connection and Facebook Account


Syllabus - EE and Military Communities.pdf

Course Facilitator:

 Justin Smith, PhD (jgs225@cornell.edu) – Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University

Currently closed for credit, Open for self-study For self-study, go to course site:

The United States Environmental Protection Agency funds the EECapacity Project through a cooperative agreement with the Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab. This website was developed under Assistant Agreement No. NT-83497401 awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It has not been formally reviewed by EPA. The views expressed are solely those of EECapacity, and EPA does not endorse any products or commercial services mentioned.