Upstream Alliance believes that the nation’s students should not only to be able to read, write, and count, but be prepared as the next generation of stewards and leaders for a healthy environment through outdoor environmental education experiences.
Upstream Alliance has launched a Superintendents’ Environmental Education Collaborative (SEEC) which brings together education leaders to advance the environmental education opportunities available to school systems. In partnership with Project Learning Tree (PLT) and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), UA will help superintendents develop model environmental education (EE) programs, apply for funding from the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and develop a network between school systems.
Upstream Alliance believes that developing environmental leaders who work together in networks is the single most important investment we can make in working towards a healthy planet.
Upstream Alliance develops networks through shared experience, follow up networking, and mentoring. The signature Upstream Alliance leadership program, Conservation Expeditions, forged by decades of network building on three-day kayak trips for Chesapeake Bay environmental leaders now includes emerging leaders as we pass the baton to this next generation of leaders.
Thus far, Conservation Expeditions include high school students, the existing network of Chesapeake Bay leaders, and corporate executives.