About Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network
The Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) encourages environmental stewardship and sustainability by supporting environmental educators.
CBEEN is the regional network for environmental education in the Columbia Basin. Operating in the unceded traditional territories of the Ktunaxa, Lheidli T’enneh, Secwepemec, Sinixt and Syilx Nations, the Columbia Basin is located in southeast British Columbia and is the region consisting of all watersheds that flow into the Columbia River in Canada.
What is Environmental Education?
We, at CBEEN, believe that environmental education produces ecologically literate citizens who understand and value healthy environments.
According to the BC Ministry of Education, environmental education helps students learn how they are connected to the natural environment through traditional subjects and through direct experience, in the outdoors and in the classroom.
“Planting a seed for healthier and happier lives by choosing CBEEN as the recipient of an endowment gift has been a wonderful thing to be able to do. We love watching kids thrive in this beautiful valley. Supporting such an important cause – kids and the great outdoors – gave us a way of defining our place in the grand scheme of things.”
-Founding donors Blair Robinson and Donna Deschenes
CBEEN supports all outdoor learning with Canada’s Outdoor Learning Store. This is a charitable social enterprise that offers outdoor learning resources to educators and learners across the country.
Outdoor learning enhances student learning, supports the physical and mental health of teachers and students while also helping to address other key issues such as the climate crisis, the rapid loss of biodiversity, nature-deficit disorder and the obesity epidemic.
“I am very excited to have access to outdoor educational resources which also incorporates local Indigenous content. I cannot wait to use the resources with my students and my own children!”
-Teacher, Rocky Mountain School District #6
CBEEN understands that environmental education is a long-term investment in the general health and well-being of individuals, communities, eco-systems and the planet.
Our vision is that people in the Canadian Columbia Basin respect the natural environment and engage in sustainable activities. Your donation will help us fulfill our vision through attaining our goals. These goals include:
- Maintaining a vibrant and engaged network of educators in the Canadian Columbia Basin, and provide this network with excellent environmental education professional development resources and opportunities.
- Facilitating collaboration amongst members, partner organizations and Columbia Basin communities to effectively achieve our shared mandate and vision.
- Undertaking a process to better role-model and support diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of environmental education.
- Expand network to increase engagement with and support for early-years educators.
- Maintain a sustainable organization which has effective and ethical governance in accordance with its non-profit and charitable status.
How your gift will be used
CBEEN has created an Environmental Education Endowment Fund to support environmental education forever.
This endowment fund is held by the Columbia Valley Community Foundation. The Columbia Valley Community Foundation invests the donations to our endowment fund to provide an annual return that we can count on forever.
A donation in your Will may be given to the Columbia Valley Community Foundation or directly to the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network.
Your donation will contribute year-after-year to environmental education. To learn more, please visit, CBEEN Environmental Education Fund.
For Environment. For Education. For Ever.