The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Japan Environmental Education Forum (JEEF)

Revising nature school instructor training course curriculums

Activity grant

Project Description

Since 1999, JEEF has been holding nature school instructor training courses in order to cultivate instructors to carry out experience-based environmental education. Currently 90 individuals have completed this training and have become much needed human resources, such as employees at companies and government, educators at schools and nature schools, and experts in environmental education. However, the type of instructors society needs is changing due to the times and current events, and this project intends to revise the course curriculum to reflect this.

Grant year
FY2007 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
July 2007 - June 2010
Grant amount
4,455,500 yen
Activity region
Conducting a workshop as part of the nature school instructor training course

Overview of the Organization

Shigeyuki Okajima, Chairperson
Shigeyuki Okajima, Chairperson
Establishment purpose
Providing information, conducting research, and cultivating knowledge regarding environmental education across Japan and overseas, contributing to the advancement of environmental education by supporting exchanges between individuals and organizations conducting educational initiatives, research, and the cultivation of human resources in order to nurture a healthy conservationist idealism in the wider public.
Main areas of activity
Japan, South Asia, Southeast Asia
11 full-time staff members
Annual operating budget
440.50 million yen in 2005, 207.43 million yen in 2006, 224.90 million yen in 2007
WEB site
Recent activities
Deepening the connection between modern lifestyles and ways of living rooted in communities by developing a range of initiatives based on the three concepts of 'promoting environmental education', 'promoting nature schools', and 'supporting developing countries', including cultivating human resources to conduct nature experience activities, collaborations with companies, governmental partnerships and policy recommendations, and support for international environmental education. Operating and designing a curriculum for a nature school instructor training course that aims to cultivate professional instructors who are adaptable and can demonstrate practical ability for nature schools across Japan. Training and certifying nature school instructors through lectures, practical training and internships with the goal of providing society with experienced practitioners.