OUR MISSION
In order to help create a more sustainable future for all Maine communities,
the Maine Environmental Education Association uses the power of education to advance environmental literacy and civic engagement
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2018 MEEA Conference

Saturday April 28, 2018 at Colby College, Waterville, Maine

Cultivating a Culture of Science

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MEEA is seeking engaging, thought provoking presentations and workshops for the 2018 Conference - Saturday April 28 at Colby College. Help foster learning, discussion and collaborations around ideas, trends, and practices that advance environmental education and a culture of science in Maine. Don't miss this opportunity to share your experience and expertise with your colleagues.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL  Submission deadline: March 2, 2018

How can we as environmental educators bolster society's appreciation and support for science? What is environmental education's role in strengthening Maine through a robust foundation of science and knowledge?

Join us at the MEEA Conference on April 28 at Colby College, Waterville, Maine, as we tackle these and other questions about cultivating a culture of science and environmental education.

  • Explore ways that environmental education can provide interdisciplinary, multicultural, and multi-perspective viewpoints to promote awareness and understanding of environmental issues and potential solutions.
  • What are proven ways to guide students, adults, and communities to develop their capacity to think critically, ethically, and creatively in making decisions about the environment?
  • How can we promote the fundamental value of science in our society and help everyone understand and appreciate scientific knowledge, the importance of gathering fact-based evidence, and the need for all children to have quality science and environmental education?
  • What is environmental education role and responsibility in presenting a balance of environmental, economic, and social perspectives while helping all citizens to be civically engaged?

 

We welcome proposals that address any of the following strands. We are also open to proposals that address the theme using others approaches and perspectives. And given the conference date of late April, we welcome sessions that take advantage of outdoor learning opportunities.

CONFERENCE STRANDS:

Weaving Science and Society: Using environmental education to help science infuse into society; achieving long-term attitude and behavior change, engaging diverse communities, cultural competency, and increasing civic engagement on environmental and conservation issues.

Leading for a Greener Tomorrow: Collaborative leadership skills, intergenerational leadership models and/or youth-led community environmental actions. Leadership skill-building workshops, strategies for creating better organizations, more progressive programming, and creating a more engaging environment for learners at all levels of outdoor and environmental education.
 
Connecting with Nature: Integrating outdoor and environmental education into formal education and informal programs.

Integrating Technology: How technology can be used in programming as a tool for change.
 
And other topics that advance the conference theme.

 

 

 

MEEA's Annual Awards Celebration

Wednesday, January 24, 2018   
at Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm, Falmouth

With close to a hundred in attendance, MEEA presented its annual awards recognizing 2017’s outstanding environmental educator, school, student and environmental program in the state of Maine. In addition to MEEA's traditional awards slate, this year MEEA also presented a special lifetime achievement award to Dorcas Miller, cofounder of the Maine Master Naturalist Program, for her distinguished service and enduring contributions to the field of environmental education. 

eepro-logo-eecentral   Monthly Webinars
.  .Bringing New Ideas and Innovation to the Field of EE

MEEA is co-hosting a series of monthly webinars with the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). These hour-long webinars are on key topics for environmental education professionals that will help raise the bar on the quality of EE programs, expand the scope and reach of these programs, social movements, and improve the way we communicate about our field.  

Click here to learn more and register for upcoming webinars

Tuesday, December 12, 4:00 pm

New Approaches to Public Engagement: Seeking Relevance, Response-ability and Resilience (Curtis Ogden, Interaction Institute for Social Change)

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2017's monthly webinar series concludes with Curtis Ogden from the Interaction Institute for Social Change. Curtis brings his experience in education, community building, leadership development, and program design, as well as an abiding passion for work at the intersection of racial justice and environmental sustainability. Curtis has built a robust practice in support of numerous multi-stakeholder collaborative change networks. He is a recognized thought leader around network development and social change.

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 RECORDINGS OF PREVIOUS WEBINARS:

2017 EMERGING ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGEMAKERS GATHERING

September 29-30, 2017 at Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center, Linconville, Main

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In an annual intergenerational gathering, twenty established leaders in the environment and conservation fields in Maine joined thrty emerging change-makers between the ages of 15-30. This event helped participants grow their networks, gain inspiration for their own efforts in environmental/conservation work and also participate in skill building trainings and facilitated dialogue on how we can build a more inclusive environmental sector in our state. The annual event is a collaborative effort among the Maine Environmental Education Association, Cultivating Community, Maine Audubon, and the 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Tanglewood.

 What Is MEEA For?

Imagine the first time you ever saw a moose, or explored a tide pool, felt the cool water of the ocean wash over your skin, climbed a mountain... Now imagine a life where you live only hour from the ocean in Maine but have never walked on the beach, never hiked a mountain, never heard the waves crashing, or seen the beauty of sand pipers in flight. Many economic barriers exist for many Maine children that could make this unbelievable statement their actual reality. At MEEA, we believe that ALL Maine children have the right to experience the unimaginable beauty of the sate we are so lucky to inhabit.

Today, MEEA is focused on smart growth: better access to funding for transformative projects, improving organizational function, and broadening our reach to a more diverse audience. In the past few years, MEEA has achieved success under all these measures.