The UK National Association for Environmental Education (NAEE) started life in 1960 as the Rural Studies Association.

Since then, the association has continued to support a wide range of professional educators to help them improve the quality of their teaching and their students’ learning, in relation to environmental and sustainability issues.


The Association’s purpose is to promote all forms of environmental education, and to support all those involved in its delivery, so that together we can understand and act on the need to live more sustainably in order to protect the future of our planet.

We believe that young people have a right to first-hand educational experiences in their local environment, because these are critical in helping people understand the importance of the biosphere to all life on the planet, as well as being a source of wellbeing and fulfilment, and a motivation towards sustainable living. The Association is committed to campaigning for a strong focus on environmental and sustainability issues across the school curriculum.

NAEE the charity

NAEE is an Incorporated Charitable Organisation [Charity No. 1166502] that is run by its members and volunteers who care passionately about environmental education and education for sustainable development.  Our charitable object is to provide a public benefit by advancing environmental education within early years settings, primary and secondary schools, and institutions responsible for teacher education within the UK and elsewhere, in particular but without limitation by

  1. facilitating curriculum development through the provision of resources, information and ideas for teachers,
  2. providing financial support for pupils to visit outdoor education centres, and
  3. collaborating with organisations that have related objectives.


  • William Scott – Chair
  • Nina Hatch – Executive Committee Chair
  • Elsa Lee – Executive Committee Vice Chair
  • Justin Dillon – President
  • Gabrielle Back
  • Tim Baker
  • Morgan Phillips

Registered Office

NAEE, Department of Education, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK

Data Storage, Privacy and Protection Policy

NAEE takes data security and user privacy seriously, and our new policy is fully compliant with the 2018 GDPR legislation. Click here to read the policy document. If you have any queries about the policy or any other privacy issue, please email

Why not join us?

The Association supports teachers and serves members’ needs through journal publishing, curriculum resources, social media and this website.  Why not join us?  You can do this either through this website, or by emailing

Annual reviews

The Association publishes annual reviews of its work.  The 2016/17 and 2017/18 reviews are here:

Latest Research

A two-part report exploring the state of environmental education in secondary schools in England has been published by King’s College. The project: Understanding Environmental Education in Secondary Schools. Where is it, what is it and what should the future be? comes in two parts:

  1. Policy Perspectives
  2. The Practitioners’ Perspective