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



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

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This is an annual intergenerational gathering: established leaders in the environment and conservation fields in Maine and emerging change-makers between the ages of 15-30. This event focuses on helping 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 Gathering is a collaborative effort between the Maine Environmental Education Association, Cultivating Community, Maine Audubon, and the 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Tanglewood.

Who will be there?
The gathering will consist of up to 50 changemakers drawn by application. The participants will come from a variety of backgrounds in environmental education, sustainability, conservation, environmental justice, and/or local, sustainable food systems. Preference will be given to those representing underserved audiences and communities in Maine who can contribute to the work of broadening and diversifying Maine’s environmental sector.



  • Connect passionate individuals across diverse age, backgrounds, and perspectives in Maine’s environmental and conservation sectors

  • Provide inspiration through the sharing of personal learnings and stories

  • Assist participants in defining their “sense of purpose” as the foundation of leadership

  • Provide training on transformational leadership and equitable hiring practices

  • Facilitate innovative conversations exploring how we can better support and amplify the voice of emerging environmental changemakers in Maine.





















 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.

About the Awards | Past Award Winners

About the Awards

The New England Environmental Education Alliance recognizes outstanding environmental educators and programs from the New England region in three categories:

  • Non-formal Environmental Educator
  • Formal Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Education Program

To Nominate

Download the nomination form here.  Applications may be submitted either by the nominee or on his/her behalf by a colleague. To apply for yourself or a colleague please download the application in Microsoft Word, fill it out and email it as an attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 15th of each year.

Selection Criteria

The Non-formal Environmental Educator Award is designed to recognize environmental education professionals who work outside the formal classroom setting. The award recipient:

  • Makes continuous and enduring contributions to environmental education (EE);
  • Demonstrates capacity for creating and implementing successful EE activities;
  • Creatively and innovatively approaches EE programming;
  • Involves him or herself personally in the state and/or regional EE community;
  • Contributes to EE by integrating with formal education systems, promoting the environmental education profession or providing training or resources to other EE professionals.

The Formal Environmental Educator Award is designed to recognize a public or private school classroom teacher who:

  • Promotes individual and societal environmental responsibility;
  • Encourages students to make informed decisions about environmental issues;
  • Inspires student involvement and action through individual or group projects to effect positive environmental change at school or within the local community;
  • Links student learning to the appropriate state or national science benchmarks, curriculum frameworks, or standards;
  • Serves as an example for colleagues to engage in EE activities or to participate in school EE projects.

The Maria Pirie Environmental Education Program Award is designed to recognize an outstanding environmental education program that:

  • Demonstrates innovation and creativity;
  • Has been implemented broadly;
  • Easily can be replicated in other regions;
  • Is sustainable;
  • Has a strong evaluation component;
  • Results in demonstrated action by participants.

The Selection Process

All materials are due by September 15 of each year. All applicants will be notified following the final selection. Awards are presented at the NEEEA Annual Conference. In 2013, awards will be presented November 2 at the NEEEA Conference in Newport, Rhode Island. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:

Sarah Wilby, NEEEA Awards Chair

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Past Award Recipients

For over 20 years, NEEEA has been recognizing excellence in environmental education. The following is a listing of past award recipients by year. The state listed next to each year was the location of that year’s annual conference.

2010 - Vermont

Formal Educator Award – Judy Filkins, Lebanon NH School District
Non-formal Educator Award – Kim Noyes, Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, MA

2009 - Connecticut

Non-formal Educator Award – Susan Cox, US Forest Service, Durham, NH
Maria Pirie Program Award – Nature's Classroom, Charlton MA

2008 - New Hampshire

Formal Educator Award – Katherine Bennett, J.R. Briggs Elementary School, Ashburnham, MA
Maria Pirie Program Award – Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory, Keene, NH

2007 - Maine

Formal Educator Award – Michele ('Chele) Miller, Principal, Moultonborough Central School, Moultonborough, NH
Non-formal Educator Award – Marilyn Wyzga, Wildlife Educator, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
Marie Pirie Program Award – Seeds of Solidarity Education Center, Orange, Massachusetts

2006 - Rhode Island

Formal Educator Award – Dr. Ralph J. Yulo, Professor Emeritus at Eastern Connecticut State University
Non-formal Educator Award – Ruth Smith, Naturalist at the Mt. Kearsage Indian Museum, Warner, New Hampshire
Marie Pirie Program Award – Project CO-SEED, Keene, New Hampshire.
Richard Haley President's Award – Awarded posthumously to Richard Haley for his 20-year contribution to the field.

2005 - Massachusetts

Formal Educator Award – Jonathan Twining, 7th grade science at Remington Middle School, Smithfield, Rhode Island
Non-formal Educator Award – Erin Walsh, Naturalist Educator at the New England Wildflower Society
Marie Pirie Program Award – Valley Quest Program, Steven Glazer, Program Coordinator
2005 President's Award – Jim Lafley, in honor of his many years of dedicated service to NEEEA and to environmental education throughout New England. Jim is a past president of NEEEA and of MEES, and has co-chaired NEEEA's annual conference.

2004 - Vermont

Formal Educator Award – Cynthia Faughnan, Michael Quinn & Rick Schluntz, Hartford (Vermont) Middle School (k-12); Cindy Thomashow, Antioch (university/adult)
Non-formal Educator Award – Barry King
Marie Pirie Program Award – Keeping Track

2003 - Connecticut

Non-formal Educator Aard – co-recipients: Jennifer Guarino, Vermont and Cheryl Burke, Connecticut
Marie Pirie Program Award – Community Mapping Program, VINS
President's Award – Judy Silverberg, NHFG

2002 - New Hampshire

Formal Educator Award – Brewster Bartlett
Non-formal Educator Award – Dave Erler
President's Award – Chuck Roth
Marie Pirie Program Award – Earthways Environmental Education Program

2001 - Maine

Formal Educator Award – Nelson Lebo
Non-formal Educator Award – Lisa Purcell
Marie Pirie Program Award – School Nature Area Program (SNAP)

2000 - Rhode Island

Formal Educator Award – Kathy Kitteridge/Terry Monette
Non-formal Educator Award – Colleen Kelley
Marie Pirie Program Award – Mount Desert Island Water Quality

1999 - Massachusetts

Formal Educator Award – Sandra Ferland
Non-formal Educator Award – Susan Turner Moore
Marie Pirie Program Award – Project HOME

President's Award – Adrian Ayson, in honor of his many years of dedicated service to NEEEA and to environmental education throughout New England. Adrian has been president of NEEEA and of MEES,  and has co-chaired NEEEA and MEES conferences and retreats.

1998 - Vermont

Formal Educator Award – David Wilkins
Non-formal Educator Award – Linda Woodard
Marie Pirie Program Award – Recycle Rangers

1997 - Connecticut

Drs. Carl and Marian Rettenmeyer
Formal Educator Award – Tom Wessels

1996 - New Hampshire

Ed Henry
John Green
Thomas Tyning

1995 - Maine (NAAEE)

Faith Thayer
Maureen Oates


1994 - Rhode Island

Delia Clark
Nancy Nowak

1993 - Massachusetts

Leo Kenney
Shirley Griffin

1992 - Vermont

Jenepher Lingelbach
Michael Caduto

1991 - Connecticut

Bill Niering
Sue Craig

1990 - New Hampshire

Judy Silverberg
Ty Minton

1989 - Maine

Peter Corcoran
Ralph Lutts

1988 - Rhode Island

Janet Gould
Larry Morris

1987 - Massachusetts

John Brainerd
Peg McDaniel

1986 - Vermont

Abbott Fenn
Tom Hudspeth

1985 - Connecticut

Bob Moeller
Jeff Ferguson

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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.  

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Biodiversity Around the World

We will hear from Dr. Eric Dinerstein, Director of WildTech and the Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions Program at RESOLVE, an independent nonprofit organization building strong, enduring solutions to environmental, social, and health challenges and helping community, business, government, and NGO leaders get results and create lasting relationships through collaboration. 





Board President:  
Olivia Griset










Meg Edstrom Jones
Ecology School at Ferry Beach, Saco, ME
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Current term: 1st, through 2016 
Type of rep: MEEA representative

Linda Woodard
Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center,
Cape Porpoise, ME 
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Special Projects Manager:


Adrian Ayson 
Devens, MA 
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Past Presidents:



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The New England Environmental Education Alliance was formed in 1980, with roots that extend back to 1966. That year, a handful of educators in the region decided to meet on an annual basis. Conferences were chaired by Chuck Roth, and hosted by a group of colleagues within the six New England states on a rotating basis. The conferences were small and the agendas informal. The goal was to facilitate communication and friendship among colleagues. In 1977, in an effort to increase participation, the responsibility for the conference was placed in the hands of a steering committee composed of two representatives from each of the six states. Conference attendance jumped from 30 people the previous year to 160 people in 1977. In 1980, the steering committee decided to incorporate the New England Environmental Education Alliance. The board of directors continues to be composed of two members from each New England state. The Alliance is interested in environmental education on a regional level and does not duplicate the contributions of the state organizations. The conferences continue to emphasize collegial interaction and collaborative learning. We invite you to become involved in your state organization and to get to know the state representatives on the NEEEA board.

The MEEA Board members are:


President: Olivia Griset  
Nature Families

Vice-President: Linda Wooodard  
Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center

Treasurer: Matt Dubel
Cathance River Education Alliance

Secretary: Alexandra Grindle
The Ecology School


Gayle Bowness
Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Jessica Decke
4-H Camp & Learning Center at Tanglewood

Stefan J. Jackson
Natural Difference, llc

Becky Kolak
Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

Ruth Kermish-Allen
Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance

Julia McLeod
Harpswell Heritage Land Trust

Lisa Packard
The Morris Farm

Ryder Scott
Bryant Pond 4-H Camp & Learning Center

Tamara Whitmore
Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed,



MEEA Project Manager:
Adrian Ayson