Conservation Programs Division
The Conservation Commission's Conservation Education Program has been in existence since 1975. The main purpose of the Education Program is to educate Oklahomans of all ages about natural resources and the environment with an emphasis on soil and water.
The Commission cooperates with other state agencies in co-sponsoring environmental education programs in the state including Project WET and WOW The Wonder of Wetlands. These programs are supplemental to educators existing curricula. For more information on these programs see click on the links at the bottom of this page.
The Oklahoma Environmental Quality Act of 1992 assigned the Commission with the responsibility to coordinate environmental education throughout the state. Under this mandate, the Oklahoma Environmental Education Coordinating Committee (OKEECC) was formed. The committee has achieved success in environmental education through cooperation, coordination, networking, and the initiation of new programs. The formation of this committee has eliminated duplication of efforts and created a strong model for cooperation among government agencies.
The Education Program also provides staff development opportunities for conservation district staff as well as assisting districts statewide with conservation education efforts such as outdoor classrooms, natural resource field days, educator workshops, and adult education. Conservation Districts are the local contact for educators. Each district can provide technical assistance and some will provide additional educational materials. Districts also have soil survey books and a variety of brochures relating to soil and water conservation. The Commission and district personnel can assist with the development of outdoor classroom sites at individual schools. District personnel can assist with the development of these sites by providing technical assistance, construction of ponds and wetlands, plant identification and by awarding mini-grants. Commission personnel can also assist with the development of sites, curriculum development and teacher training.
The program works with districts to provide assistance with outdoor classroom development, natural resource days and other educational activities. The division also provides assistance to districts with training of district employees, teachers and youth leaders in conservation education curricula.
The division coordinates the Conservation Commission's role as cosponsors of three education curricula - Project Wet, Project Wild, and Project Learning Tree.
The division carries out the Commission's statutory responsibility to coordinate environmental and natural resources education for the state. This is accomplished through the Oklahoma Environmental Education Coordinating Committee, which is chaired by the Commission
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