OUR MISSION
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
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Climate Change in Maine
An Interactive Learning Experience

Wednesday, May 16th 5:30-8:00pm
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
350 Commercial Street, Portland


The impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly visible in our state and across the nation. You've probably noticed more frequent news coverage of intense storms, unusual temperatures, ocean warming, and coastal flooding.

As these issues become more prevalent in our daily lives, it's becoming more important to understand the impacts of these events — today and in the future. Ensuring the region's resiliency to climate impacts, such as sea level rise, requires a scientifically informed and engaged public. Here's your chance to join that group of engaged individuals in your community!

Join the Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association and the Maine Environmental Education Association at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute for 60 minutes of networking followed by a 90 minute interactive learning experience to explore the data behind sea level rise. Together, we'll explore models projecting impacts in your community, and we'll examine potential resiliency measures.

When: Wednesday, May 16th 5:30-8:00pm 
light snacks/refreshments 5:30-6:30

Sea Level Rise Program 6:30-8

Where: Gulf of Maine Research Institute
350 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine

The space for this program is limited, so please register online to reserve your spot.  https://gmri.wufoo.com/forms/zj289se0rjobl9/

These events are made possible thanks to funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

 

 

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

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CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM BROCHURE

The MEEA Conference was held on April 28, 8:45am-4:00pm at Colby College, Waterville, Maine. A day and ahalf 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
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"
 

 

 

 

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. 

2017 EMERGING ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGEMAKERS GATHERING

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.

 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.