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Cultivating a Culture of Science
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 scientific 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.
More than 25 Presentations and Workshops in these strands:
Maine’s Science And Technology Standards Up For Review
If you want to see change in the "Maine Learning Results in Science" this is the time to do it.
The Maine Learning Results go under review every few years. The science standards were last reviewed and revised in 2007, more than 10 years ago. The Maine Department of Education initiated this review of the standards and they need our help to understand what types of science standards will be most helpful to students. As an educator you are an expert on what works for students and you can have a significant impact on how the standards are written and implemented across the State.
There have been a number initiatives over the past few years, including failed legislation and other initial reviews of the standards, that have started and then faded away. The standards review that is now open will NOT go away, this is the big push that will define science standards for the immediate future.
Even if you had submitted comment or testimony over the past few months or years, please make sure you submit new or revised comments and testimony NOW during this important science standards review process. NOW is the time to make your voices heard.
Program Evaluation 202
Wondering about the best ways to capture the outcomes of your education programming? You feel certain that your programs are having positive impacts - but how do you evaluate those impacts in a way that will be meaningful to you, your constituents, and your funders? Join us for an intensive half-day workshop to learn more about program evaluation and how you can incorporate it into your work. Become a part of an informal professional network of educator-evaluators in Maine, the Maine Environmental Education Evaluation Collaborative (MEEEC).
This workshop is for practitioners who already have basic knowledge of and experience with designing and implementing program evaluations. Through presentation, interactive discussion, application exercises, small and large group activities, and resource sharing,
Guided Tour of The China School's Forest
Friday, April 27th, 9:30 - 11:30am
Registration is free
Join educators, Anita Smith and Elaine Philbrook for a guided tour of the award-winning China School's Forest in China, Maine. The tour will feature trails and many outdoor classrooms areas that showcase a variety of habitats, silviculture methods and nature-education opportunities. Learn about the history of the China School's Forest, how the area was created and funded, public and school program offerings and the various opportunities and challenges we have faced over the years. Come dressed for the weather and bring your forest-walking shoes. The goal of this tour is to inspire you to bring outdoor classroom ideas to your local community.
The tour will begin at China Primary School , 763 Lakeview Drive, China, Maine
Visit the China School's Forest Facebook page to learn more about this educational gem in central Maine.
SPECIAL SHORT COURSE: Program Evaluation 202
CONFERENCE - All Day Saturday April 28
BEST RATE: Combo Package, Friday and Saturday
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.
. .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.
Tuesday, December 12, 4:00 pm
New Approaches to Public Engagement: Seeking Relevance, Response-ability and Resilience (Curtis Ogden, Interaction Institute for Social Change)
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.
RECORDINGS OF PREVIOUS WEBINARS:
2017 EMERGING ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGEMAKERS GATHERING
September 29-30, 2017 at Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center, Linconville, Main
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.