Center for Environmental Literacy

River of words and the Center for the Environmental Literacy

Our Mission

The Center for Environmental Literacy (CEL) was founded to promote innovative, low-cost, community-based strategies for connecting youth to the wonder and workings of the natural world. CEL provides “education for sustainability,” striving to meet broad goals of education reform, community building, and leadership training, with special focus given to the themes of environmental justice and art activism.

CEL empowers educators to adopt a cross disciplinary approach that balances inquiry based learning and environmental literacy to provide children with a more holistic education. CEL enables students and their communities to work toward creative, environmentally responsible, equitable societies by finding common purpose and deepening the connections between people and place.

In 2011, River of Words Collection of Children’s Environmental Art and Poetry, which was co-founded by former US Poet Laureate Robert Hass and writer Pamela Michael, became a part of the new Center for Environmental Literacy in the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California.

The River of Words Collection of Children’s Art and Poetry, one of the largest in the world, now resides at Saint Mary’s and is available for scholarly research.