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

Emerging LeadersEmpowering Maine's Next Generation of Environmental Leaders


On September 15-16 2016, MEEA brought together a dynamic group of both emerging and established environmental leaders. Gathering at the Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Lincolnville, a mix of forty young and experienced environmental leaders tackled some challenging questions: 

How should we empower, support, and amplify the voice of Maine’s new generation of environmental leaders?
How can we attain racial, economic, and geographic diversity within our environmental leadership?
What are effective pathways to environmental leadership for Maine’s high school-aged, college-aged, and young professionals?

The participants were selected through an application process that was designed to assemble a potent mix of leaders of all ages from environmental education, sustainability, environmental justice, and/or local, sustainable food systems. Preference was given to those who represent or work with under-served audiences and communities in Maine and who could contribute to the work of broadening and diversifying Maine’s environmental sector. 

 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.

donarenowA Big Step Forward
New K-12 Education Bill Strengthens
Environmental Education

President Obama has signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)-- sweeping bipartisan legislation that for the first time, supports opportunities for environmental education and hands-on, field-based learning experiences.

The gains for environmental education come as a result of years-long work by supporters of the No Child Left Inside (NCLI) Act, which sought to fund states’ efforts to implement environmental literacy plans in K-12 public schools. The Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA), after many years of championing federal support for environmental education is now gearing up for the the long and complicated next steps of translating the bill's environmental education provisions to increased support for environmental literacy programs and curricula in Maine.

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). A part of NAAEE's and Cornell University’s EECapacity (Expanding Capacity in Environmental Education) project, these webinars support professional development, strengthen the field of environmental education, and share innovative practices from across the country and around the globe. Click here to learn more about the series and upcoming programs.

SEPTEMBER 28, 3:00pm eastern
Every Student Succeeds Act: Opportunities for EE 

NAAEE's Director of Advocacy and Affiliate Relations, Sarah Bodor, will speak about ESSA and opportunities it provides for the field of environmental education.  Click here to register