Working group on nature and environmental education

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Working Group on Nature and Environmental Education
purpose Representation of the interests of the members at federal level
Chair: Annette Dieckmann (Federal Spokesman Council)
Establishment date: 1990
Number of members: approx. 1300 (as of 2019)
Seat : Frankfurt am Main

The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Natur- und Umweltbildung (ANU) is the umbrella organization for environmental education institutions in Germany as well as for initiatives and individuals active in environmental education. The ANU has over 1,000 members.


In 1988 the ANU was initially founded as a loose association of environmental education institutions. In 1990 the work was organizationally improved with the establishment of the registered association.


The ANU is divided into a federal association and 14 regional associations. The federal association and the regional associations are each independent, non-profit and registered associations.


  • Lobbying for the member institutions by informing decision-makers in politics and administration about the issues of environmental education , nature education and nature and environmental education .
  • Support the members by organizing an exchange of information among each other and advising new members
  • public relation
  • Implementation of projects to promote environmental education
  • Offers for the qualification of employees of environmental education institutions



Light pole

Implementation of a nationwide training project Leuchtpol for educators for education for sustainable development in kindergartens with a focus on energy and the environment. From September 2009, Leuchtpol was active nationwide, eight regional offices carried out the training on site. The project, which will run for four years, was financed by E.ON with € 27 million.

In Schleswig-Holstein , Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania , 26 five-day Leuchtpol training courses for educational specialists were carried out by the Save Our Future foundation .

The topic of sustainability was promoted in consultation day-care centers.

Leuchtpol supported daycare centers in their work with the traveling exhibition The Cow in the Fridge .

Earth tight

At the Erdfest , the ANU is one of the initiators along with numerous others such as the ecumenical initiative Eine Welt, the Michael Succow Foundation , the Future Foundation for Agriculture , Schweisfurth Foundation , Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies . Selbach Environment Foundation , Cocreatio Foundation, Blooming Landscape Network , forum for sustainable management and others, funded by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation .

Meetings and seminars

As examples:

  • From Action to Knowledge - Environmental Centers as Change Agents of a Transformation from Below (2017).
  • Social plastic workshop The walking gardens (2015) in cooperation with the und.Institut.


  • Katharina D. Giesel, Gerhard de Haan, Horst: Environmental education in Germany: Status and trends in the extracurricular area . Springer, 2002, ISBN 978-3-540-42572-4 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Mission statement for the general assembly on November 16. 2006
  2. ANU, brief description. German nature protection ring;
  3. Ute Stoltenberg, Barbara Benoist, Thorsten Kosler: Model projects are changing the educational landscape: using the example of the project "Leuchtpol. Experience energy & environment anew!" : Education for sustainable development in the elementary sector . Bad Homburg vdH Verlag VAS 2013, ISBN 978-3-88864-515-0 .
  4. ^ A b ANU Working Group on Nature and Environmental Education: E.ON nuclear money for Leuchtpol environmental education? Community;
  5. light pole Save Our Future Foundation;
  6. E.ON: Leuchtpol project before successful completion. E.ON, December 19, 2012 .;
  7. ^ Traveling exhibition "The Cow in the Fridge". German education server;
  8. The initiators. and Institute for Art, Culture and Sustainability;
  9. Conference "From Action to Knowledge - Environmental Centers as Change Agents of a Transformation from Below". Development policy network Saxony;
  10. Working group for nature and environmental education Bundesverband eV and Institute for Art, Culture and Sustainability eV;