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Our Mission

To promote & implement excellence in natural resource, outdoor and environmental education for all Alaskans.


Environmental Education in Challenging, Coronavirus Times

At ANROE, we’re all about teaching kids about Alaska’s natural resources. Especially getting them outdoors – which can be done while practicing social distancing at the same time. Right now students and educators (and some parents) may all be at home. We offer one-stop shopping for creative solutions!Linked here is a round-up of on-line resources, webinars, and virtual field trips for educators and parents to help create the best educational experiences ever during these challenging times. Enjoy!


What’s New?

EVENTS:

THE POWER PLEDGE CHALLENGE!
Calling K-12 educators! Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) is launching their annual Power Pledge Challenge and this year you can participate through the entire school year. In the Power Pledge Challenge, you’ll receive a presentation from REAP and/or one of the utility partners about electricity usage and how to calculate the cost of using different appliances. Students then go online to pledge to reduce their energy use. Participate in challenges from September through March for monthly prize drawings. Learn more here and sign up by September 15th to earn extra points towards the end-of-year prizes! You can participate virtually or in-person. Classrooms, home school groups, youth groups, and any other informal education groups are welcome to participate. Please feel free to share widely.

It isn’t quite statewide, but we have a wide range of partners for this, so if you are in a community where you get your electricity from one of these utilities, you can participate: Chugach Electric, Matanuska Electric, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, City of Seward, Homer Electric, AEL&P (Juneau), Alaska Power & Telephone, Golden Valley Electric, Cordova Electric, or Nome Joint Utilities.

CONGRATULATIONS AWARDS RECIPIENTS!

We wanted to congratulate the following for receiving awards from the Alaska Conservation Association for 2021:

Marilyn Sigman, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, is based in Homer, AK, is a long-time ANROE member and board member. She is most noted for her work with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Center for Alaska Coastal Studies in Homer for supporting education and outreach about marine education, ocean climate change, including facilitating and supporting collaborations among Indigenous educators and other Indigenous knowledge holders with scientists and educators trained in western ecological science and western science education methods.

Kate Morse, based in Cordova, AK, is a long-time ANROE member and she is the recipient of the Jerry S. Dixon Award for Excellence in Environmental Education Award! Kate is the Program Director of the Copper River Watershed Project and she has developed a strong network of partners and friends with whom she is able to create engaging, unique outdoor learning experiences that aim to connect participants with their surroundings and inspire them to be stewards of these resources into the future.

Read more about their accomplishments and more award recipients here.


Grants

NASF Centennial School Tree Challenge Grant

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry has extended The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) Centennial School Tree Challenge. Grants are available to schools for the purchase, shipping and planting of trees. Trees can be planted on school grounds, or even indoors if your school has a suitable space or a greenhouse. This opportunity is first come first serve and is available until funds are exhausted. NEW: Participating schools will be eligible to receive a FREE curriculum from Project Learning Tree!

COVID-19 has brought exceptional challenges to us all during the past year, and it’s no surprise that educators have once again shown courage, strength and resiliency.  Plant a tree at your school in honor of your school’s hero’s! Create a memorial grove of trees in memory of your community members who have lost lives to COVID-19.  Use this grant to create a new outdoor classroom surrounded by trees for a healthy learning environment! For more information, connect with the Alaska Project Learning Tree Coordinator!


Renew Your Membership

ANROE relies on memberships to fund basic organizational capacity and to increase networking opportunities. We have two kinds of memberships – Traditional and Enhanced. To learn more about the benefits and to become a member visit our Membership page

What ANROE Does

ANROE collaborates with organizations, agencies, & school districts to provide education resources, training, & networking opportunities about Alaska natural resources. Through its newsletter, mailing list & forums, ANROE members share information about environmental education tools, techniques, employment & professional development opportunities. ANROE is funded by memberships & sponsors.

Environmental education integrates an understanding of scientific concepts and societal needs and is designed to develop students that are environmentally literate. An environmentally literate person understands the implications of his/her actions, and has the skills to critically think about and make responsible choices. These skills transfer to every facet of  life.

ANROE is the Alaska affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education.