Contact: Jodi Boyne, 651-757-2241
Saint Paul, Minn. - Governor Tim Pawlenty has declared the week of April 12 - 18, 2009, Environmental Education Week.
The state designation coincides with the National Environmental Education Foundation's efforts to increase the educational impact of Earth Day by creating a full week of educational preparation, learning and activities in K-12 classrooms, nature centers, zoos, museums and aquariums. National Environmental Education Week is the largest organized environmental education event in the United States.
In part, the Governor's proclamation states, "Collaborative efforts can increase the amount of environmental education taking place in classrooms, and draw educators' attention to opportunities for students in the environmental fields."
In support of Environmental Education Week's 2009 theme, "Be Water Wise!," more than 2,000 partner organizations around the country will participate with a week's worth of environmentally-themed lessons, field trips and special events.
For more information about Environmental Education Week programming around the country, visit www.eeweek.org.