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.
Awards were given to:
The Dedham School: The Maine Environmental Education Association School of the Year
The Portland Water District: The Excellence in Environmental Education Program Award
Monica Wright: Eberhard Thiele Environmental Educator of the Year
Samar Ahmed: The Maine Environmental Education Association Student of the Year
Dorcas Miller: The Maine Environmental Education Association Lifetime Achievement Award
left to right,
MEEA President, Olivia Griset
Annie Goodwin and Rhonda Tate, Dedham School - School of the Year
Sarah Plummer and Carina Brown, Portland Water District - Excellence in Environmental Education Program
Monica Wright - Eberhard Thiele Environmental Educator of the Year
Samar Ahmed - Student of the Year
Dorcas Miller - Lifetime Achievement Award
MEEA also honored two individuals for their contributions in Maine to the field of environmental education who passed away in 2017, Dr. Susan Hillman, professor at the University of New England, and Les Hyde, the founder of the the Umaine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Tanglewood in Lincolnville Maine.
Joining us as our featured speaker was Dr. Jenn Page, Director of Education at Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership. The center recently won a prestigious UL Innovative Education Award for their work developing the next generation of leaders to explore science and sustainability. The Hurricane Island Foundation was a national award winner in 2017 for the UL Innovation Education Award which awarded their program $50,000 to support Environmental STEM education in Maine.