Education by Nature (ExN) is a collaborative education model that enables multiple nonprofit service providers to work with schools in a coordinated way.
Nonprofits provide their educational programs just as they always have, but leverage their programs with other partners in the community to achieve greater impact.
Teachers enjoy easy access to coordinated, standards-based enrichment programs and field trips from multiple service providers through one easy-to-use website, searchable by grade level and content standards.
Nonprofits spend less time marketing their services and seeking grants to fund their programs, while achieving greater impact on student performance and number of students served.
Funders can support larger projects and evaluation studies, with greater impact and accountability.
Learn more about this exciting model, now being used by various environmental, arts, and science education collaboratives in California (Los Angeles, Santa Clara County, and San Mateo County). Opening in Hawaii, Spring 2013. Coming soon to Massachusetts.
The Environmental Education Funders Collaborative (EEFC) has provided integrated and coordinated support for the Bay Area model. Each funder contributes time, talent, and funding for components of the project, including a major evaluation study of the Mountain View Whisman School District implementation, funded by S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation; an upgraded online platform funded by the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation; and development of a discounted transportationfund by an EEFC committee led by The Michael Lee Foundation.