Urban Environmental Education

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This online course will increase your capacity to use educational programs for social and environmental change in cities. Designed for professional development of educators and youth development professionals, it will provide a survey of different approaches to urban environmental education (EE), and cover conceptual frameworks and outcomes of urban EE. Participants will network with each other, and review and share diverse educational practices related to civic ecology education, outdoor adventure, environmental and social justice, youth development, citizen science, and restoring degraded green spaces. These practices will be connected to research in EE, environmental psychology, social-ecological resilience, and other interdisciplinary studies.

In this course you will: 

  1. Assess and discuss a variety of approaches and outcomes of EE in cities. 
  2. Review and apply EE frameworks to your own practices. 
  3. Refine and present environmental learning experience from your own work. 
  4. Expand your network of peers working on EE in cities.

Course Format: This is a 4-week online course. Participation will require about 6 hours of work per week. The course online platform is powered by Google Apps for Education. Each week, participants will network with each other, read publications, watch short videos, and write short reflections. Participants will have access to various urban EE publications, curricula, and other materials. The final assignment is creating a one-page lesson or activity plan based on your experience, current research, and the EE Guidelines for Excellence. You can also complete an alternative final project useful for you and other educators. Upon completion of the final project, participants receive a certificate. We suggest that educators take only one online course at a time. This course will be offered again in the future.

This course is offered by the Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab through EECapacity, the EPA-funded national environmental education training program. In addition to Cornell University, the EECapacity Leadership Team includes the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), Environmental Education Exchange, and Akiima Price Consulting. 

Dates: 2014-02-10 00:00:00 to 2014-03-09 00:00:00 Course Size:

Registration is open for up to 30 educators, until the course is full.

Estimated Workload:

6 hours per week.

Course Fee:


Learning Platform:

Google Apps for Education and Facebook Course

Course Requirements:

Computer with Internet Connection



Course Facilitator:

Alex Kudryavtsev, PhD (ak383@cornell.edu) Department of Natural Resources, 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.