Environmental Studies Faculty

Fletcher Brown

Fletcher Brown

Associate Professor

Office: 106 College of Education and Human Sciences
Email: fletcher.brown@mso.umt.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

Associate Professor, Environmental Education

Environmental Studies- College of Humanities and Sciences

Teaching and Learning - College of Education


Graduate Courses

    Foundations of Environmental Education (521)

    Environmental Education Curriculum Development and Assessment (548)

Undergraduate Courses

    Conservation Education (472)

Personal Summary

I arrived at the University of Montana in the fall of 1994 and began my career here at the University of Montana in Science and Environmental Education. It became clear early on that the graduate students in the Environmental Studies program would be a major reason I would call this place my professional home. I have had the pleasure to work with outstanding students over the last twenty-plus years in the helping them develop a solid understanding of what Environmental Education is and how to develop and implement it in a variety of formal and nonformal settings. Along with guiding students on their professional path in Environmental Education, I have also been involved in a variety of regional and national initiatives in the development of accreditation and certification frameworks for institutions that train Environmental Educators through the North American Association of Environmental Educators. This has been accompanied with research projects in assessing student attitudes and understanding in Environmental Education and a host of regional, national and international workshops aimed at implementing programs that promote sustainability and environmentally responsible behaviors.


Ph. D.  Miami University1994                                          Botany/Science Education

MS.     Antioch New England Grad School 1991             Environmental Education

BS.      The Evergreen State College 1985                      Environmental Science


Forest in Every Classroom- I sponsored inservice training courses aimed at training teachers in environmental place-based education.

Field of Study

Environmental Education, Field Botany and Science Education. Joint appointment with the School of Education and the Environmnetal Studies Program

Selected Publications

Brown, Fletcher. (2014) October 8-11, Footholds For Embedding EE in Preservice Teacher Education, Presentation made at the North American Association of Environmental Education Annual Meeting, Ottawa, Canada

Brown, Fletcher. (2013) October 9-12, Characterizing Preservice Teachers Awareness and Attitudes About Environmental Problems and Issues, North American Association of Environmental Education Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland.

Brown, Fletcher (2013) June 9-14, A Montana Community-based Approach to Sustainable Education, Presentation at the World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC),             Marrakech, Morocco


Brown F. (2013) Inquiry Learning: Teaching for Conceptual Change in EE" for Green Teacher.


Brown F. (2010). Key Terms in Environmental Fields: Establishing a Foundation.  Green Teacher, (87), 27-30.


Brown, F. (2007)The Nowhere Land of the Environmental Educator. Electronic Green Journal, Issue 25,


Brown, Fletcher, (2007). Ecology: The Essence of Environmental Science

Bioshphere Project, Teaching Tools: Unit 3. Kendal and Hunt Publishing.2007.


Brown F. (2001). Linking the National Science Education Standards with Environmental Education, Electronic Green Journal (14).


Brown, F. (2000). Characterizing effective environmental education and it’s impact on students’ environmental attitudes, Journal of Elementary Science Education, 12(1), 33-40.


Brown, F. (2000). The effect of an inquiry-oriented environmental science course on preservice elementary teachers’ attitudes about science. Journal of Elementary Science Education, Fall Issue.


NCATE Review Board, (2004-Present). Have been a reviewer and lead reviewer of four University programs over the last 6 year being accrediated by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

NAAEE Standards Review Team Member (2004-2008).  Committee member helping in the development of SPA standards in Environmental Education for NCATE.

Teacher of the Year Award, Presented at the 2004 Montana Environmental Education Association Meetings, March 4-5, Bozeman Montana

Brief Bio

Fletcher Brown holds a joint appointment in the Environmental Studies Department in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Teaching and Learning Department in the School of Education. Brown comes to the University of Montana from Miami University where he received a Ph.D. in Botany and Science Education and from Antioch New England Graduate School were he received a MS in Environmental Education. At the University of Montana he teaches graduate courses in Environmental Education and at the undergraduate level teaches courses in conservation education. His research interests focus on the effects of instruction approaches on students' understanding and attitudes about science and the environment, curriculum development and assessment, characterizing  classroom learning environments, and accreditation efforts in Environmnetal Education at colleges and Universities.

Teaching Experience

Environmnetal Education Specialist- Natures Classroom

Middle Science Teacher- Colorado Springs School

Teaching Assistant, Miaimi University

Professor, University of Montana

Professional Experience

              North American Association of Environmental Education NCATE Reviewer

Article Editor, SAGE Open Manuscript ID, SO-13-0453 entitled "Environmental Perceptions of Teenagers: The Effects of Family Income and Parents’ Education". Spring 2012

Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, Dec 20, 2011

Manuscript Reviewer,  Journal of Natural Resources and Life Science Education. Summer 2009,


International Experience

Presentation at the World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC), Marrakech, Morocco.  (2013) June 9-14, A Montana Community-based Approach to Sustainable Education


North American Association of Envir. Education (NAAEE)

The Assoc. For the Education of Teachers in Science (AETS)

Montana Science Teachers Association (MSTA)

Montana Environmental Education Association (MEEA)