Every fall, Jeef holds Kiyosato Environmental Education Meeting which became a basis of Japan Environmental Education Forum. This meeting has three primary themes, which are to “establish networks among participants,” to “recognize mutual activities of environmental education,” and “to share their interests and ideas.” The 2 night-3 day meeting is held in Kiyosato, Yamanashi Prefecture. In 2004, around 190 people participated in the meeting.
Support for local meetings
- JEEF co-hosted the following local meetings in 2007.
- Hokkaido Environmental Education Meeting
- Environmental Education Kanto Meeting
- Chugoku-Shikoku Environmental Education Meeting
- Kyushu Environmental Education Meeting
Training Course for Nature School Leaders
Since 1999, JEEF has held training courses for nature school leaders. This course aims to cultivate human resources and train experts who will be able to work practically in nature schools all over Japan. 11 leaders graduated the course in 2005.
GEMS Project―work-study program of science, math and the environment.
GEMS is a leading resource for innovative science and mathematics education. Developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, the public science education center at the University of California at Berkeley, and tested in thousands of classrooms nationwide, over 70 GEMS Teacher’s Guides and Handbooks offer a wide range of supplementary learning experiences for preschool through 8th grade. In 2000, Japan GEMS Center was established, and since then JEEF has conducted to disseminate its programs and textbooks in Japan.
EXPO 2005 AICHI, Japan Nature Experience Program, Nature School Forest.
EXPO 2005 AICHI, Japan was held in Aichi Prefecture under a main theme of “Nature Wisdom.” For the Expo, JEEF contracted for planning, facility designing, and operating of Nature School which provided interpreter-guided programs, self-guided programs, hands-on workshops, etc. Besides the project, JEEF conducted brochure-making and exhibition-setting for Environmental Impact Assessment by Expo 2005 Association.
As a part of Environmental Education and Learning Enlightened Project by Ministry of the Environment, JEEF also created EXPO Eco Book and a CD-Rom, which introduces environmental issues and projects by Ministry of the Environment.
Lake Tanuki Nature School
Lake Tanuki Nature School, the first nature school facility of Ministry of the Environment, opened in 2002. The school is located in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National park and provides hands-on nature programs by the well-trained staff members. JEEF is in charge of planning and managing of outdoors and nature programs.
Nature Love Club (NATS): Contract project
NATS was established in 1997 by Ministry of the Environment in order to built networks between citizens and environmental facilities/organizations. NATS currently has 47,600 members, and provides information of nature facilities, outdoor events/programs, and environment volunteers, etc.
Environmental Education Project in Indonesia
As a part of assistance to developing nations, JEEF has been developing EE projects in Indonesia since 1998. JEEF has so far worked on establishing EE NGO networks, holding the national meeting (1998-2000), and practicing EE projects cooperating with Japanese Official Developing Assistance (2001-2003). At present, JEEF is promoting a project of sustainable lifestyle in rural areas, which includes organic farming, promotion of public education, establishment of local resident network, and etc. From a perspective of education for sustainable development, all activities are conducted to aim at harmonious coexistence of people and nature
TEEN and TEEN database
TEEN holds experts’ workshops and open symposiums on environmental education annually since 2000. It also established a database of outstanding public environmental organizations of each country, and introduces their activities on the official TEMM website. The most significant thing is that TEEN is motivated not by the government but by the private sectors. It has contributed to creating and strengthening a human and organizational network in the field of environmental education of the three countries.
The development of the tripartite children’s environmental education program was agreed upon and encouraged by the ministers at TEMM 5 in 2004. The focal points are working on common textbook as a material for environmental education for children, with the cooperation of education experts from the three countries. The Sixth Workshop and Symposium will be held in Korea in December 2005.
East Asia Environmental Education Database and Workshop
JEEF has been establishing the database of organizations working in an environmental education field in East Asia countries since 2001. The database has so far collected 170 organizational data from 14 countries. Since 2004, the database has started to include program examples of environmental education and to hold workshop in those countries. In 2004, the workshop was held in Indonesia and in 2005 in Bhutan. This database project is supported by Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund.
ACCU Environmental Education Workshop
As Scholars and Professionals Invitation program by Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO, JEEF has hold Environmental Education workshop inviting EE experts from Asian countries since 2005. In 2006, 17 EE experts from Bhutan, Cambodia, Korea, Mongolia, and Thailand experienced Japanese nature programs and exchanged each EE/ESD programs and national reports. The 4 days workshop was held at KEEP St. Francis Discovery Center in Kiyosato, Yamanashi Prefecture.
With private corporations
Public Course of Environmental issues for Citizens
Sompo Japan and Sompo Japan Foundation
Public Course of Environmental issues for Citizens comprises a series of lectures opened to the general public. The course was established with the goal of helping the general public to deepen understanding of environmental issues and encouraging people to participate in environmental activities. It has been held since 1993 by Sompo Japan. andJEEF. More than 10,000 people have participated the course for 20 years.
Cosmo Oil Eco-card Foundation Environmental Education School Support Project
Cosmo Oil Eco-card Foundation
Supported by Cosmo Oil Eco-card Foundation, a project of environmental education and integrated learning in schools has started. This is a project that a company, NGO, and nature schools link their know-how and support schools which hope to enrich their environmental education and integrated learning classes. Cosmo Oil Eco-card Foundation supports various environmental conservation activities by donation from credit card affiliates and a part of selling from the Cosmo Oil. In 2005, JEEF supported 6 schools all over Japan.
Toyota Shirakawa-Go Eco-Institute
Toyota Mortar Corporation
In April 2005, Toyota Mortar Corporation opened Toyota Shirakawa-Go Eco Institute in 172 hectare of forest area in Shirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture which Toyota possesses. The institute provides programs associated with experiences of outdoor and nature, traditional culture, and environmental technology. Since 2002, JEEF had offered a basic plan of this project, such as a concept of nature school and environmental education programs.
NEC Forester Training Course
Since 1995, collaborating with NEC, JEEF has held the NEC Forester Training Course for collage students who are interested in environmental education. Under the aim of learning a basis of environmental education, the course takes a camping, participatory, experience style. More than 400 students have finished the course for ten years, and some of them are working in various environmental fields, such as for park rangers, environmental NGOs, environmental researchers, etc.
Asahi Breweries Environmental Culture Seminar
Asahi Breweries, Ltd.
JEEF has cooperated with Asahi Breweries in creating Environmental Culture Seminar focusing on “water” and “forest” since 2002. The seminar aims that participants would become interested in a relation of water, forests, and people, and would think about harmonizing their daily life with nature.
Nissei Green Environmental Semina
Nissei Green Foundation
Under the joint hosting of Nissei Green Fund and JEEF, Nissei Green Environmental Seminar has started since 2001 aiming to create networks of companies, NGOs, and the government. Focusing on forests as a main theme, the seminar is held for 40 participants as a full number.
Oji Forest Nature School
Since 2004, with a joint hosting of Oji Paper and JEEF, the Nature School in Summer Vacation has held in Hokkaido, the northern part of Japan. The venue was state forests in Shikotus-Toya national park, and forests/museum managed by Oji Paper. Aiming for utilizing Oji forests for environmental education, JEEF develop and provide original forest programs. The program is three-night camping for children to learn a relationship of people and nature, forests and people, forests and industry.