Private nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is to preserve, protect and improve the environment.
Scope notes: Includes: Organizations that are involved in pollution control and abatement; conservation and development of natural resources; control or elimination of hazardous or toxic substances including pesticides; solid waste management; urban beautification and open spaces development; environmental education and outdoor survival; and botanical gardens and horticultural societies.
Excludes: Organizations including those that operate refuges and fisheries that focus on the protection and preservation of wildlife (see D-Animal-Related); programs that focus on the protection and preservation of farmlands or soil and water conservation for agricultural, food production purposes (see K-Food, Agriculture & Nutrition); and organizations that develop and maintain recreational parks (see N-Recreation & Sports).
Organizations such as nature centers that provide informal classes which acquaint participants with particular aspects of their environment and increase their understanding of and appreciation for ecological balance.
Key words: Bush Survival; Ecotourism; Environmental Education; Environmental Interpretive Centers; Nature Centers; Nature Walks; Orienteering; Outdoor Education; Outdoor Survival; Outdoor Survival Skills; Outward Bound; Wilderness Survival Skills
Scope notes: Use for organizations that have specific environmental education programs that conduct hands on learning projects in the field or in classrooms and/or develop curricula and teaching materials for students and educators. Use other environmental codes for organizations that conduct public education and public awareness promotion as one program of the organization's mission.
Includes: Hands-on learning experiences; Online educational resource centers; Organizations that provide educational materials and curricula; and Outdoor adventure/survival programs.