Welcome to the online home of the Delaware Association for Environmental Education.




About DAEE

In 2008, representatives from environmental organizations and providers recognized the need for an environmental education association.

Our mission is to “promote environmental and outdoor education to facilitate positive community impacts on the conservation and sustainability of Delaware’s resources.” Using the environment as a basis for study can improve student achievement, reduce behavioral problems, and connect students and adults to tangible, real-world topics.

A 501(c)(3) organization, DAEE is governed by a Board of 10-20 Directors, elected to two-year, staggered terms, to ensure consistent leadership:

Chair: Angel Burns, DNREC – Children in Nature
Vice-Chair: Rick Mickowski, New Castle County Conservation District
Treasurer: Ashley Peebles, Delaware Forest Service
Secretary: Austin Conley, Delaware Museum of Natural History

Jennifer Bowman
Trish Gerken, Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
Dean Goodwin, Tatnall School
Lindsay Lancaster, Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids
Claire Mickletz, DNREC – Delaware State Parks
Cathleen Perrotto, Delaware Museum of Natural History
Christopher Petrone, Delaware Sea Grant / Univ. of Delaware
Maggie Pletta, DNREC – Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve
David Pragoff, Delaware Nature Society
Lisa Watt, DNREC – Delaware State Park

DAEE is the official state affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).

Join us

Membership is typically available through our annual conference. However, look for special DAEE events that will include membership. Or, you can sign up here!

Current members, are you interested in joining the DAEE Board of Directors? We are now accepting nominations—including self-nominations—through January 31, 2018. Complete this form, and send it to DAEEonline@gmail.com.

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Annual Conference

Our biggest benefit to membership and contribution to environmental education in the state is the annual conference. Held every February/March since 2010, this professional development opportunity for classroom and non-formal educators provides participants with current research, pedagogy, environmental education resources and networking.

The conference typically includes a keynote presentation, concurrent sessions, an auction which funds our mini-grant program, and exhibits.

Each year, the conference moves between Delaware’s three counties, in order to maximize reach.

For more information on the annual conference, click here.


Beginning in 2016, DAEE offers one (1) mini-grant, annually, of up to $500, to a current member, to conduct an environmental education project at their institution.

DAEE grant funds are derived from donations and the annual conference’s silent auction proceeds. The mini-grant is paid out as a reimbursement to the grantee.

For more information on the DAEE mini-grant program, please click here.

Other Events

In addition to our annual conference in the winter, from time to time, DAEE offers special behind-the-scenes tours, professional development workshops, or paddling trips to members and non-members.

Upcoming DAEE supported events:

  • Hike & Happy Hour at  Flint Woods, April 20, 2017, 4:30-6:30pm, Flint Woods Preserve, 350 Twaddell Mill Road, Wilmington, DE
  • Pond Paddle & Mill Tour, May 8, 2017, 6:00-7:30pm, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, 15411 Abbott’s Pond Road, Milford, DE
  • Early Childhood Workshop: Growing Up Wild & Project Learning Tree, Summer 2017
  • Non-formal Edcuation Program Evaluation Workshop, September 2017

Past events include:

Stay tuned for more great events!

Job board

From time to time we will post job opportunities in the environmental education field for our partners and members. For the most part, these jobs are based somewhere in or near Delaware. Click here to find that perfect EE job!