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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Youth Leadership Opportunities

Apply Now to join the Maine Emerging Environmental Changemakers Youth Fall Gathering Planning and Facilitation Team!

We are looking for youth to join our intergenerational team to help plan and facilitate our Fall Changemakers Gathering!

  • Are You Passionate About the Environment?
  • Do you want to help other young Mainers build skills that will help them lead forward environmental action in their community?
  • Are you interested in helping to create a more inclusive and equitable enviroment and conservation sector in Maine?

If so, your ideas are needed! The Maine Emerging Environmental Changemakers Network is looking for 8-10 young folks between the ages of 15-30 to help coordinate and facilitate our 2018 Emerging Environmental Changemakers Gathering, which will be held at Tanglewood 4-H camp in Lincolnville, Maine on September 28-39, 2018.

 

 

 

 

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to download the full flyer about the

Maine Emerging Environmental Changemakers Youth Fall Gathering Planning and Facilitation Team!


Critical Window to Reach out to School Districts on ESSA Funding

Hello MEEA members. We wanted to reach out to with some interesting Environmental Education Policy updates that impacts your work here in Maine. Environmental educators have a critical opportunity now to reach out to school district leaders, encouraging them to use applicable funds from the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to support environmental education.

ESSA is the act that governs K-12 education in the United States, replacing No Child Left Behind. The legislation passed at the end of 2015 and includes, for the first time, language that makes environmental education explicitly eligible for funding under a Title IV grant program.

The fiscal year 2018 budget agreement includes $1.1 billion for Title IV, Part A, which is nearly three times more than was allocated for 2017, the first year for ESSA implementation. This increase makes the 2018-19 school year the first truly meaningful opportunity for Title IV, Part A programs to make an impact in many school districts—and those programs include environmental education.

Federal ESSA funds will be distributed to states July 1, and then states will distribute funds to school districts, which have great flexibility for how to use them -- including for environmental education. School districts need to submit a plan to the state outlining their intentions for using ESSA funds in order to receive their allocation. In Maine our plan is due JULY 1.

The time is now to reach out to districts you work with to make the case for environmental education. 

Please contact us at MEEA if you need support regarding ESSA Outreach!

 

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Click here to read more about the Every Student Succeeds Act from NAAEE

Click here for information from Maine DOE about ESSA.

Here is a letter template that you can use to reach out to superintendents with whom you work.

Download a talking points document here that you can use if you have a meeting with school leadership regarding ESSA funds and Environmental Education.

Click here for a recording of the NAAEE webinar last week that shares more info regarding ESSA and ESSA.

 


 

Don't Miss Out On These Free Webinars
Co-Hosted by MEEA

 

Bringing Research to Life

In this round table webinar, we will hear from a dynamite group of speakers (representing NAAEE, the Children & Nature Network, the Pisces Foundation, EPA, Duke University, and Tamarack Media) working to connect research and practice. We hope you'll join us to learn more about how these organizations are working independently and together to build the evidence base for advancing environmental education and the children and nature movement.

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 3:00pm to 4:00pm
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 


 

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"
 

 

 

 

 

Apply Now to join the Maine Emerging Environmental Changemakers Youth Fall Gathering Planning and Facilitation Team!

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.