Humane Environmental Education (HEED®)

What is Humane Environmental Education (HEED®)?

heed: ( hēd ) verb.

To mind; to regard with care; to take notice of; to attend to; to observe.

Humane Environmental Education (HEED®) teaches people of all ages about environmental issues and how to best protect the earth and all of its inhabitants (people, animals, insects, plants, and the elements).  Being interdisciplinary and geared toward life long learning, HEED® may be integrated into almost any content area taught in formal education settings (K-12 school, college, and university classrooms) and non-formal education settings (museums, nature centers, libraries, senior centers, non-profits, community organizations, and environmentally responsible businesses).  We offer education Programs for teachers, schools, community organizations, and businesses that wish to integrate our innovative HEED® Education Model into their teaching, professional practice, and communities. 


HEED® resources and programs inspire place-based and intergenerational education that combines formal education experience with community engagement.  As the educational theorist John Dewey stated, "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." 


HEED® is applicable to people's real life experiences in a variety of learning formats including schools, environmentally responsible businesses, and community organizations.  Learning opportunites may arise from a wide variety of daily life experiences and observations including web-based and mainstream news media, music, films, books, arts and culture, and conversations with our neighbors and community members.  Building empathy, awareness, knowledge, and skills in addressing environmental issues leads to increased responsible environmental behavior, environmentally responsible citizenship, and healthy, inclusive, sustainable communites.


Humane Environmental Education brings awareness through teaching:

  • all-ages, intergenerational, life-long learning
  • arts, culture, and music education
  • character education
  • community building
  • critical thinking skills
  • earth and life sciences
  • endangered species protection
  • environmental education
  • enthnobotany
  • green living
  • health & wellness
  • humane education
  • nature & outdoor education
  • permaculture principles
  • place-based education
  • responsible citizenship
  • social / emotional learning
  • personal sustainability
  • wildlife appreciation


Humane Environmental Education may be integrated into any content area:

  • economics
  • health
  • history
  • language arts
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • music
  • physical education
  • science
  • social studies
  • technology
  • visual & performing arts 


Humane Environmental Education (HEED®) is an innovative form of pedagogy that combines environmental education and humane education and is specifically focused on environmental issues viewed through a compassionate lens. Although "Humane Education" and "Environmental Education" are both biocentric in nature (believing that all life forms have value) they each focus on very different content, issues, history and subject matter.  Humane Education focuses on animal studies and protection issues and Environmental Education focuses on environmental science studies and preservation issues.  They cross over and merge into Humane Environmental Education when discussing such issues as climate change, pollution and toxic waste, health and wellness, sustainable agriculture, endangered species protection, urban sprawl, wildlife and wildlands conservation and sustainable communities. 


Learn more About Us and how our organization is Leading the Field with our innovative educational Programs, Research, and Resources.

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself". ~ Dewey