The Environmental Education Outreach Program is part of the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University. The purpose of the Environmental Education Outreach Program (EEOP) is to interest Native American students in environmental careers and to assist schools in improving environmental science literacy. EEOP does this by:
- Mentoring and advising students on career choices and post-secondary educational opportunities;
- Providing on-campus (Northern Arizona University (NAU)) experiences, such as Summer Scholars, for students and educators;
- Coordinating student internships with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or with tribal environmental offices;
- Making presentations at schools on environmental issues;
- Providing teachers with the support they need in order to be able to increase the amount and quality of environmental instruction;
- Providing counselors with information that will assist them in advising and scheduling students to improve their success in environmental studies;
- Assisting schools in developing and providing extracurricular opportunities in the study of the environment;
- Coordinating with other groups such as tribes, universities, community colleges, and local agencies to improve environmental awareness; and
- Providing Tribal Environmental Professionals with training and materials to conduct environmental education and public outreach.
The development of partnerships with educational staff, community members, and tribal environmental professionals to address community issues will build bridges between the traditional values of Native American people and Environmental Education.