Friday, July 11, 2008

NCLI Coalition Needs Your Help

On Fri, 7/11/08, Lucas Johnson <> wrote:
From: Lucas Johnson <>
Subject: NCLI Coalition Needs Your Help
Date: Friday, July 11, 2008, 10:31 AM


NEWSFLASH: House Floor Vote Likely in July


We Need Your Immediate Help to Expand the Coalition


To Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center:


We just received word that the No Child Left Inside Act is likely to come to a vote on the House floor in July.  We do not have confirmation, but when we do, please expect an Action Alert from the coalition, asking you to activate everyone in your organization to contact their house member in support of this act. We hope to have a final word on the schedule in the next several days!


In preparation for this vote, we are quickly trying to add new organizations to the No Child Left Inside Coalition – in key states. Florida is one our priority states for adding new coalition members.  Can you help us by contacting organizations within Florida that you believe may be interested in joining the coalition?


Included below is a formal invitation that you can forward with a note to candidate organizations.


Good luck.  We are honored to have Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center as a member of the coalition, and thank you for your support, particularly now in this critical time.


Lucas Johnson

Acting Grassroots Coordinator

No Child Left Inside Coalition 






We would like to invite your organization to become a member of the No Child Left Inside Coalition ( The rapidly growing Coalition is made up of more than 440 educational, environmental, health, and business organizations across the country representing more than 20 million people (see list below).  We are strongly committed to securing new support for environmental education and creating new opportunities for young people to get outside to learn and explore. We are deeply concerned about the elimination or scaling-back of environmental education and field investigations in our schools. 


Environmental education provides critical benefits: 

  • It has a positive impact on student achievement in core subjects: When integrated into the core curricula or used as an integrating theme across the curriculum, environmental education has a measurably positive impact not only on student achievement in science but also in reading, math and social studies.
  • It helps improves the health of our children: Field experiences and related programs as part of the regular school curriculum contribute to healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation and sound nutrition. Getting kid's outdoors to exercise play and experience their natural world helps in preventing obesity, alleviating attention deficit disorder and addressing other health problems.
  • It provides important tools for a 21st Century workforce. We'll be passing on complicated environmental problems to future generations. We must give the next generation a solid understanding of these problems and the basic tools to overcome them and make informed choices in their own lives. Business leaders also increasingly believe that an environmentally literate workforce is critical to their long term success.


The Coalition is working to pass the No Child Left Inside Act, which would:

§         Provide federal funding to states to train teachers in environmental education and to operate model environmental education programs, which include outdoor learning.

§         Provide funding to states that create environmental literacy plans to ensure that high school graduates are environmentally literate.

§         Provide funding through an environmental education grant program to build state and national capacity.


To be a member of the Coalition:

§          Please fill out the online form which will only take a few minutes to complete.


Here is the form link:


The survey asks for:

    Your organization's contact information, signatory information, number of individuals represented, and a member category.


We hope you will join the Coalition and actively encourage Congress to include environmental education in NCLB.


Thank you.

Don Baugh, NCLI Coalition Coordinator






African American Environmentalist Association

American Forest Foundation                                        

American Recreation Coalition                         

American Rivers

American Society of Landscape Architects                   

American Trails

Arbor Day Foundation                                                                                     

Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies                     

Association of Nature Center Administrators    

Association of Zoos and Aquariums                             

Children and Nature Network                                      

Coalition for Community Schools                                 

Dimensions Ed ucational Research Foundation

Forest Service Hispanic Employees Association

Earth Day Network     

Earth Force, Inc.                                                                     

Ecological Society of America                                       


Hooked on Nature      

Izaak Walton League of America                                                          

League of Conservation Voters                                                

Leopold Ed ucation Project      

Global Green USA                                                       

National Association for Interpretation                                                 

National Audubon Society

National Council for Science and the Environment                                

National Ed ucation Association                                                            

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation                                     

National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education

National Recreation and Park Association                                            

National Science Teachers Association                                                

National Service-Learning Partnership                                      

National Wild Turkey Federation

National Wildlife Federation                                                     

National Youth Marine Alliance                                                            

North American Association of Environmental Ed ucation

Outdoor Industry Association              

Outward Bound                                                                                   


Population Connection

Project Learning Tree                                                              

Second Nature                                                                        

Sierra Club                                                                              

Student Conservation Association

The Conservation Fund                                                            

The Corps Network                                                                

The Ocean Project                                                                  

The Wilderness Society

Wild Bird Centers of America, Inc.                                          

Wildlife Conservation Society                                      


Alaska (AK)

Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge

Alaska Natural Resource and Outdoor Education Association


Alabama ( AL )

Discovering Alabama

STAR-Alabama Cooperative Extension System


Arizona (AZ)

Aesthetic Alternatives, Outside Art Programs

Arizona Association for Environmental Education

Arizona Parks & Recreation Association

Arizona Wildlife Federation


Audubon Arizona

Be Outdoors Arizona-Phoenix Zoo

Center for Native and Urban Wildlife

City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department

Deer Valley Unified School District

Mesquite Jr. High School

Natural Systems Solutions

Nature's Crusaders/Complementary Medicine Association

The Arboretum at Flagstaff

The Phoenix Zoo-Arizona Zoological Society

Valley Forward Association     


Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas Earth Day Foundation

Arkansas Environmental Education Association

Ecological Conservation Organization (ECO)


California (CA)

AEOE - Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education

Anza-Borrego Foundation and Institute

Aquatic Adventures Science Education Foundation

Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education & East Bay Regional Park District

Back to Natives Restoration

Backyard Explorers

Blue Ridge Berryessa Natural Area Conservation

Bobcats Garden Club

California Native Plant Society

Catalina Island Conservancy

Center for Ecoliteracy

Center for Ecosystem Survival

Central Coast Salmon Enhancement

Child Education Center

CREEC Network

Golden State Environmental Education Consortium

Heal the Bay

Inside the Outdoors Foundation

Los Angeles Conservation Corps

Los Cerritos Roots & Shoots

Natural Science Collaborative

Pathfinder Ranch Outdoor Science Program

Planning and Conservation League

San Ramon Parks and Community Services Department

Save San Francisco Bay Association (Save the Bay)

Sequoia Riverlands Trust

Shaping Youth

South County Family Educational and Cultural Center



The Center for Ecoliteracy

The Garden

TreePeople, Inc.

Tulare County Office of Education

Ventura County Resource Conservation District

Watershed Research and Training Center

Web of Life-WOLF School

Windows On Our water

Yosemite National Institute

Youth Science Institute


Colorado (CO)

Association for Experiential Education

Bluff Lake Nature Center

Center for STEM Education

Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education

Colorado Mountain Club

Cottonwood Institute

Earthseeds Project

Environmental Learning Center at Colorado State University

FrontRange Earth Force

Mountain Park Environmental Center

Odyssey School

San Juan Mountains Association

Shadowcliff Lodge

SOS Outreach

The Odyssey School

Wild Bear Center for Nature Discovery

Wild Rhythms


Connecticut (CT)

American Wanderer, LLC

By Kids For Kids

Connecticut Forest & Park Association

Connecticut Outdoor & Environmental Education Association

New Pond Farm

The Children's Clubhouse, Inc.                         


Delaware (DE)

Delaware AfterSchool Alliance

Indian River School District


District of Columbia (DC)

Appalachian Mountain Club DC Chapter

Camp Fire USA

Capital Region Earth Force

District of Columbia Environmental Education Consortium


Touching Earth

Washington International School

Youth Service America


Florida (FL)

Accipiter Enterprises, Educational Birds of Prey

Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center

E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center/Nokuse Education

Florida Wildlife Federation

Friends of Florida Panther Natl. Wildlife Refuge

Greenwood School

International Falconry Academy

League of Environmental Educators in Florida

Santa Fe Community College Teaching Zoo

Suncoast Earth Force

Tree Hill Nature Center


Georgia (GA)

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia

Georgia Conservancy

Georgia Organics, Inc.

Itinerant Oak Primary School

Lewis Elementary School


Zoo Atlanta


Hawaii (HI)

Kohala's Project Venture

Kokua Hawai'i Foundation

Punahou School                                                            


Idaho (ID)

Adventure Learning Camps

Barker River Trips

Boise Watershed Environment Education Center

Environmental Resource Center

Idaho Environmental Education Association

McCall Outdoor Science School

Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute                  


Indiana (IN)

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College


Illinois (IL)

Chicago Academy of Sciences' Notebaert Nature Museum

Environmental Education Association of Illinois

Lake County Forest Preserve District               


Iowa (IA)

Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center

Iowa Conservation Education Coalition

Iowa Department of Natural Resources


Kansas (KS)

Kansas Association for Conservation & Environmental Ed.

Kansas Natural Resources Council

Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance

Lee Richardson Zoo


Kentucky (KY)

Great Wild Outdoors

Kentucky Association for Environmental Education

Kentucky Hunter Education Association

St. William Peace & Justice Committee


Louisiana (LA)

Black Bear Conservation Committee

Red River Refuge Alliance


Maine (ME)

Ecology Education, Inc.

Maine Audubon

Maine Environmental Education Association

Maine Recreation & Park Association

White Pine Programs               


Maryland (MD)

Accokeek Foundation

Adkins Arboretum

Alliance for Community Trees

American Chestnut Land Trust

Anacostia Watershed Society

Appeal Elementary School

Apple Montessori School

Association of Partners for Public Lands

Audubon Naturalist Society

Bluewater Wind Maryland

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Chesapeake Bay Trust

Coast Kids / Assateague Coastal Trust

Delmarva Low-Impact Tourism Experiences

Discovery Communications

E2 Business Development

Echo Hill Outdoor School

EcoLogix Group Inc.

Global Warming Action Alliance

Irvine Nature Center

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Ladew Topiary Gardens

Living Classrooms Foundation

Marshy Point Nature Center

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education

Maryland Coastal Bays Program

Mid-Shore Montessori School

National Aquarium Institute

National Park Trust

Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center

Quantum Yoga and Wellness

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

South River Federation

Talbot Energy Associates

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

UU Fellowship at Easton , Social Action Committee

Wildlife Adventures

WindStar Wildlife Institute

YMCA Camp Tochwogh                    

Massachusetts (MA)

Appalachian Mountain Club

Awake Inc.

Blue Sky Adventure Camps

Bridgewater State College

e Inc.

Franklin Park Coalition

Kid's Life, Inc

Mass Audubon

Massachusetts Environmental Education Society

Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

Neponset River Watershed Association

New England Roots and Shoots

The Farm-Based Education Association

Triumvirate Environmental

Urban Ecology Institute                                    


Michigan (MI)

Kalamazoo Nature Center

Michigan Alliance for Environmental & Outdoor Education

Negaunee Middle School

Of These Hands ( Natural Building Education)

Saving Birds Thru Habitat                    


Minnesota (MN)

Birds For Brains

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

Jeffers Foundation

Minnesota Association for Environmental Education

Moorhead Community Habitat Program

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever

Volunteers of America of Minnesota SALT High School


Mississippi (MS)

Friends of Noxubee Refuge

Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Mississippi Environmental Education Alliance


Missouri (MO)

Cedar Hill Elementary

Missouri Environmental Education Association

Playgrounds of Peace

School District of University City

Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center          


Montana (MT)

Get Fit Great Falls ( Cascade County Physical Activity Council)

Project WET USA


Nebraska (NE)

Children & Nature in Our Parks           

Nebraska Alliance for Conservation and Environmental Ed ucation        

Nebraska Wildlife Federation  


Nevada (NV)

Nevada Natural Resource Education Council

Sierra Nevada Journeys                                   


New Hampshire (NH)

Antioch University New England           

Harris Center for Conservation Ed ucation        

New Hampshire Audubon                                           


New Jersey (NJ)

Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education, Inc.

Hackensack Riverkeeper

Jefferson School

Longacre Expeditions

New Jersey Audubon Society

NJ Academy for Aquatic Sciences

Ocean County Soil Conservation District

Project HEAL (Human, Environmental & Animal Links)

Project U.S.E. (Urban Suburban Environments)


New Mexico (NM)

Audubon New Mexico

Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program

Earth Care International

Environmental Education Association of New Mexico

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

River Source

Wild Resiliency Institute                                               


New York (NY)

Audubon New York

Bennett Park Montessori

Cornell Cooperative Extension Steuben County

Green Map System

Hudson Valley Council, BSA

Mechanical Resources

Mohonk Preserve

Nassau BOCES

New York Restoration Project

New York State Outdoor Education Association

Outside North Shore Ltd.

Planet Earth

PNW BOCES Center Environmental Education

Teatown Lake Reservation

Union Avenue Y

Whispering Woods Tree Farm

Young Naturalist Pre K Program


North Carolina (NC)

American Camp Association SE Section

Bass Lake Park - TOHS Parks and Rec

Eagle's Nest Foundation

Eno River Association

Environmental Club

Environmental Educators of North Carolina

Montreat College

NC Bartram Trail Society

North Carolina Center for Sustainable Tourism

Wake Soil & Water Conservation District


Women's Green Collar Co-Op, College           


North Dakota (ND)


Ohio (OH)

Brumbaugh Nature Center

Environmental Education Council of Ohio

Falcon Camp

GreenBird LLC

Huston Brumbaugh Nature Center

Leave No Child Inside - Greater Cincinnati

Mohican School in the Out-of-Doors, Inc.

Ohio River Foundation

The Leave No Child Inside Central Ohio Collaborative


Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma Assoc. for Environmental Education


Oregon (OR)

Ahahra Divine Healing and Creative Arts Center

Association of Northwest Steelheaders

Born Again Bird Watcher LLC

Camas Educational Network

Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute

Environmental Education Association of Oregon

Forest Grove Community School

Great Outdoors Academy

Oregon Trout - Healthy Waters Institute

Oregon Zoo                            


Pennsylvania (PA)

Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center

Cuyahoga Valley National Parks Association

Delaware Valley Earth Force

Env. Educator for Independence Conservancy IC

Lake Erie-Allegheny Earth Force

Monarch Journey

National Park Service Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Natural Biodiversity

PA Center for Environmental Education

Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators

Pittsburgh Regional Center for Science Teachers

Reading School District - PA

Riverbend Environmental Education Center

Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve                                  


Puerto Rico (PR)

G Works Inc.

Universidad Metropolitana


Rhode Island (RI)

American Sail Training Association

Aperion Institute for Sustainable Living

Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Dr. Day Care Family

Environmental Council of RI Ed Fund

Rhode Island Environmental Education Association

Rhode Island Zoological Society/Roger Williams Park Zoo

Save the Bay                                                   


South Carolina (SC)

Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission

Clemson University

Environmental Education Association of South Carolina

Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History

Lowcountry Earth Force

Montessori School of Mt. Pleasant & TNC

Oconee Soil & Water Conservation District

Silver Bluff High School


South Dakota (SD)

Environment Education Connection of South Dakota

Environmental Ed Connections of South Dakota

SD Discovery Center

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Project WET                             


Texas (TX)

All Saints Camp JOLT

City of Victoria

Council for Environmental Education

Ecoliteracy Project @ Norton Elementary

Friends of Big Bend National Park

Houston Audubon Society

Nature Discovery Center

Rondeau Ink

Roosevelt Elementary

Science Ventures

Texas Association of Environmental Education

Twelve Hills Nature Preserve               


Tennessee (TN)

Fairview Elementary School

Millersville Elementary School

Tennessee Aquarium

Tennessee Environmental Council

Tennessee Environmental Education Association

Tennessee League of Conservation Voters

The Curtis Continuum                                      


Utah (UT)

Canyonlands Field Institute

Canyonlands Sustainable Solutions

Mary Baldwin College

Mountain Reservations

Tracy Avairy

Utah Society for Environmental Education

Wasatch Community Gardens   


Virginia (VA)

American Canoe Association

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Broadlands Certified Wildlife Habitat Community


Chesapeake Public Schools

Childrens Musuem of Richmond

Claytor Nature Study Center of Lynchburg College

Discovery Woods Learning Community

IC Norcom High

James City County Parks & Recreation

Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority

Rockbridge Area Conservation Council

Skyline High School

Virginia Living Museum

Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing


Vermont (VT)

Audubon Vermont

NorthWoods Stewardship Center

Shelburne Farms

Vermont Institute of Natural Science

Vermont SWEEP                                                        


Washington State (WA)

Environmental Education Association of Washington


The Friends of Interlaken Park

Washington Forest Protection Association

Washington State University Extension 4-H Challenge

WFPA/Pacific Education Institute

Wilderness Awareness School                                      


West Virginia (WV)

Friends Wilderness Center

Gilmer County Master Naturalist Association

Oglebay Zoo

Washington County Family Center

West Virginia Environmental Education Association


Wisconsin (WI)

Aldo Leopold Nature Center/Nature Net

Center for Resilient Cities

Door County Kayak Tours,llc.

Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.

Wild Ones Natural Landscapers Ltd

Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education


Wyoming (WY)

Global Warming Hero League

Pursue Balance

Wyoming Assoc for Environmental Education



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