Friday, October 7, 2011

Budget Cuts Force PA Center For Environmental Education To Close

On October 14 the PA Center for Environmental Education will close as a result of the elimination of all state funding for this valuable program in July.
The Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education housed as Slippery Rock University was part of an initiative to build statewide capacity for environmental education created by Gov. Tom Ridge in 1996 and formally established in law by Act 71 in 2008 through legislation sponsored by Sen. Mary Jo White (R-Venango), Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.
The Center was formed through the collaborative efforts of eleven Pennsylvania entities including government departments, agencies, and professional organization. The Center’s task is to promote and provide environmental education for all citizens of the Commonwealth and to serve as a resource for all stakeholders in environmental education.
According to an email sent by Center staff Friday, they working diligently to assure all educators across the state of Pennsylvania will have access to the content of the PCEE website as well as its online educational resources -- including Critter Quest PA and the upcoming Outdoor Classroom Resource Guide.
These resources are being transferred to the PA Association of Environmental Educators. By October 15 all visitors to will be re-directed to PAEE's website. From their website, you will find information regarding the online educational resources developed by PCEE.
The staff at PCEE would like to thank you for supporting our work over the years and using the online resources, we hope you found them helpful for both your personal and professional purposes.

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