Bora Simmons

Bora Simmons


National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education


Roles at NAAEE

Advisory Council, ee360+ People



Climate Change, Environmental Literacy, PreK-12, Sustainability


Walter E. Jeske Award
Outstanding Service to EE Individual Global
Outstanding Contributions to Research in EE

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Bora Simmons serves as the founding director of the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education. The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) initiated the Project in 1993 to help educators develop and deliver effective environmental education programs. The Project has drawn on the insights of literally thousands of educators across the United States and around the world to craft guidelines for top-quality environmental education.

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After twenty years as a professor of environmental education and teacher education at Northern Illinois University, Bora retired in 2007 and moved the Project to the Institute for a Sustainable Environment at the University of Oregon. Bora has been actively involved in environmental education research, evaluation, and professional development for over forty years. She served as president of NAAEE, serves on numerous steering committees and boards of directors, and was an executive editor of the Journal of Environmental Education. She serves as co-chair of NAAEE’s Advisory Council and is a founding editor of the International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education.

For her achievements, Bora received the NAAEE Executive Director’s Award, Walter E. Jeske Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Education, Award for Outstanding Service to Environmental Education at the Global Level, and Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research in Environmental Education. In addition, she received Project Learning Tree’s Gold Star Award.

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