Mission, Vision & Values

Making “Nature for All” a Reality

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Water sampling with Careers in Conservation Interns 2022

OEA Mission

To create and implement attractive, accessible, and equitable educational and academic experiences and career opportunities for people of all ages, races and ethnicities, income levels and abilities, with a focus on people of color and other marginalized communities, to enjoy nature and become stewards of the outdoors and provide an avenue for deeper engagement in the environmental sector.

OEA Vision

OEA and its partners will provide a wide array of opportunities in all seasons for families and people of all ages, races and ethnicities, income levels and abilities. By paying attention to marginalized communities, the OEA focus centers on removing barriers for these groups to participate in the outdoors.

OEA interns working at Cherry Grove Farm 2022
This exposure and growing knowledge can serve as a catalyst to impact other systemic issues (such as access as well as education, underemployment/unemployment, cultural identity, and racial and spatial justice policies) meanwhile actively building a scalable and replicable model for other communities to achieve the same success. These activities will not only encourage knowledge of, and appreciation for, the natural world, but also will build a sense of stewardship and identity with the environment and an understanding of the importance of preserved open space. The OEA will incorporate the promotion of physical, social, emotional, and spiritual health in all programs and activities, encouraging people to enjoy nature for personal and social benefit throughout their lifetime. Our work seeks to stimulate interest in the skills needed to enter careers in fields related to protecting the natural environment. In fulfilling the mission, there will be a greater return on the public’s investment in preserved open space, parks, trails, and nature for all by increasing the number of and diversity of beneficiaries and the number of supporters and advocates.

OEA Values

  • Equity
  • Inclusivity
  • Environmental Career Opportunities
  • Environmental Justice
  • Diversity
  • Sustainability
  • Stewardship
  • Education and Academics

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Our natural world needs US ALL to be working together, and OEA is working every day to make that promise a reality.

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