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Founded in 1983, the League of Environmental Educators in Florida is the professional association for individuals and organizations dedicated to the cause of environmental education in Florida. We are the state affiliate for North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), an organization that brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of our natural world and one that has promoted excellence in environmental education throughout North America and the world for over four decades. 


The League of Environmental Educators in Florida is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

© 2018-2019 by the League of Environmental Educators in Florida.

How we started

Come gather ‘round new friends and old

And listen to my rhyme;

LEEF’s history I shall impart

A travel back in time....

- from Ode on a Florida LEEF by Bob Smith


On the weekend of March 11-13, 1981 at Mill Dam Lake (near Ocala), seventy-six participants met to establish a professional organization for people interested in sharing their knowledge of the environment with others. They decided on LEEF as their name and the turkey oak leaf as their logo. Dr. David LaHart was elected to be our first president.

At your next LEEF function, look for members wearing the ACORN pin -- they were there on that historic day. 

The League of Environmental Educators in Florida, Inc. was officially chartered (#766541) by the State of Florida on January 17, 1983. 

Please take time to review Bob Smith's poem on the history of LEEF, called "ODE ON A FLORIDA LEEF." 


Our symbol

The acronym would be the LEEF --

A Turkey Oak the sign

To symbolize our union with

Nature’s own design.

- from Ode on a Florida LEEF by Bob Smith

Our current LEEF logo was designed by graphic artist Cortland Brennan in 2017.

Earlier versions of our logo