MEEA Annual Conference & Research Symposium

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Registration for our 2019 Conference and Research Symposium is now open!

This year our conference will be held at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Maine on March 14-15th.

We already have an amazing line up of presenters and we can’t wait to have you join us this spring! Register now to attend an amazing two days of sharing and networking with the State’s environmental educators and allies.

Annual Conference

March 14-15, 2019
Hutchinson Center
Belfast, Maine

Conference Fees:

Research Symposium
 Thursday, March 14: $25

Annual Conference
 Friday March 15: $95
($85 early bird rate through February 11)

includes lunch, refreshments, and one-year MEEA membership

Both Days
($105 early bird rate through February 11)

 Student Rate* 
for Annual Conference
* Special student rate is for students high-school through graduate school.

 $50 for both days

Scholarships will be available upon request


is available. See registration form for rates.

March 14: Environmental Education Research Symposium    
March 15: Annual Environmental Education Conference

 Join us at MEEA's Annual Conference as we explore ways to leverage ennvironmental education to make change happen in Maine's communities. Enjoy camaraderie, strengthen your networks, build hope, and leave with new ideas to propel your critical work forward in 2019!

On Thursday, March 14, MEEA and the Maine Math and Science Alliance are co-hosting the state's first Environmental Education Research Symposium. This symposium is an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to come together discuss recent research on environmental education in both formal and informal learning contexts. The symposium will focus on the questions of what works, what models have had success, how do evaluation and research initiatives work together, what types of research are Maine researchers focusing on and what are they learning? 

On Friday, March 15, the MEEA Annual Conference will feature more than 30 workshops and presentations, revolving around the following strands:

Citizen Science and Technology - How can educators use crowd-sourced data collection, information and communications technology in programming as a tool for change?

Green Leadership - What skills do you need to be a more effective community-based environmental Changemaker?

Connecting With Nature - What education strategies do you use that help Mainers connect to nature?

Better Together: Partnerships That Accelerate Impact - How can two or more organizations, schools, or individuals collaborate to more effectively engage community members in environmental learning?

...and many other topics that help to strenghten environmental education in Maine.

Looking for lodging? Feel free to look around but the Fireside Inn and Suites (207-338-2090, 159 Searsport Avenue, Belfast) has graciously offered to give us a discount on their rooms ($95/room including tax). If you call to make a reservation remember to mention the MEEA Conference for the discount.

2018 Annual Conference

The MEEA Conference was held on April 28, 8:45am-4:00pm at Colby College, Waterville, Maine. A day and a half of presentations, activities, and keynote tackled 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 were held 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

Linda 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.