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


Cultivating a Culture of Science
2018 MEEA Conference
Saturday April 28, 2018 and Special Short Course and Field Trip on Friday April 27
Colby College, Waterville, Maine




Join us at the MEEA Conference on April 28, 8:45am-4:00pm at Colby College, Waterville, Maine, as we tackle these and other questions about cultivating a culture of science and environmental education.

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?

More than 25 Presentations and Workshops in these strands:

  • Weaving Science and Society: Using environmental education to help science infuse into society; achieving long-term attitude and behavior change, engaging diverse communities, increasing civic engagement.
  • Leading for a Greener Tomorrow : Collaborative leadership skills, intergenerational leadership models and/or youth-led community environmental actions; 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 can information and communications technology can be used in programming as a tool for change.
  • And many other topics

Conference Keynote
Silka_Linda.jpgLinda Silka, Senior Fellow at the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions. A social and community psychologist by training, Linda has several decades of experience in leading community-university research partnerships on environmental, economic development, and environmental health issues. She has written extensively on the challenges and opportunities of building partnerships with diverse stakeholders and has consulted internationally on how to build community-university research partnerships.


Maines 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.

Click here to download a detailed 
"Educator's Need To Know Sheet"




And on Friday April 27:

Program Evaluation 202
Limited to 50 participants

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,

Presented by 
Ruth Kermish-Allen, Executive Director of Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance,
and David Chase, Founder and Principal of DRC Consulting.


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
Friday April 27, 1:30PM-4:30PM
Registration, $45 (Early bird until March 30: $40)
Limited to 50 participants.

CONFERENCE - Saturday April 28, 8:45am-4:00pm
Registration, $95 (Early bird until March 30: $85)
Includes registration, refreshments, lunch and one year MEEA

BEST RATE: Combo Package, Friday and Saturday
Regular Registration, $135 (Early bird until March 30: $120)
Includes registration, refreshments, lunch on Saturday and one year MEEA membership.

Saturday only: $50



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)

click here to register

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.




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.

Alliance Logos

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.

 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