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MAEE strengthens the role of education as a solution to our environmental and societal challenges.

We serve environmental education (EE) professionals, students, K-12 educators, and their allies in Minnesota through:

  • Coordinating professional development and networking opportunities through conferences and other events
  • Acknowledging successful EE programs and professionals with EE Awards
  • Supporting legislation, partnership and programming that advances EE at the state, regional and national level
  • Empowering our members with the resources they need

Help grow the movement. Get involved with MAEE today!

Awards Program

The Minnesota Association for Environmental Education awards program exists to recognize and encourage excellence in the field of environmental education. The deadline for nominations for the 2016 MAEE awards is August 31, 2016. Award recipients will be notified by September 16, 2016. For more information on the awards and how to nominate someone, please visit our Awards homepage: Minnesota Association for Environmental Education - MAEE Awards Program

Scholarships are available for anyone to apply! Check it out:

Educator Scholarship These funds will go to educators to buy supplies and equipment they otherwise would not be able to buy to enrich their learning environment. This scholarship will help provide facilities with the tools they need to provide meaningful experiences for our learners.

Student Scholarship Small scholarships for environmental education students will help them complete their coursework or a certificate and support those entering the field.

Conference Scholarship  Conference scholarships are available to EE-related conferences including MAEE Annual Conference, NAAEE, MNA and more!

Program Sponsorship The Sponsorship Program offers small grants to other organizations to help further Environmental Education in the state.

Join the MAEE Board of Directors

Are you passionate about supporting and advancing environmental education in Minnesota? We're looking for people like YOU to join our Board of Directors! Learn more about what it means to be an MAEE board member at Applications due September 1st. 

The future of MAEE: 2016-2020 Strategic Plan

The MAEE Board of Directors finalized the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan at the January Board Retreat. Read about our vision for the next five years of the organization and learn how you can get involved in creating these exciting initiatives! Visit the Strategic Planning page to learn more.

2016 Membership Transition 

Through our recent strategic planning process, MAEE has decided to move away from a membership model. We will stop accepting new memberships on December 31, 2016. All memberships created or renewed between now and the end of 2016 will receive full MAEE membership benefits until one year after the renewal date. If your membership is due between now and the end of 2016, you may choose to renew it or to make a donation instead. Learn more about our decision to move away from a membership model here.

MAEE Organizational Members
Interested in becoming an organizational member of MAEE? Check out our membership page for more details.


"Grow in the Open" MAEE Conference in Review

By Dan Gruhlke

Saturday, August 6, 2016 was a beautiful morning for this year’s MAEE “Grow in the Open” Conference with a clear sky, little wind, temp.’s just under the averages, and low humidity!

I wish I could’ve only bicycled to the Conference as I had desired, and that was probably my biggest regret of the day. The Conference began with the keynote speaker, Chad Dayton, who challenged us regarding communicating the positive impact of EE, policy advocacy and reform, and community involvement. Chad’s sweeping, informative, overview was followed by a brief divide and collaborate and upon reconvening we lightning shared our collective discussions with highlights like “healthy environment, healthy us," community mapping to know who the agencies are and what the barriers are, identifying the economics of the big players (city governments, corporations, and school districts), and making public lands more accessible. 

Following Chad’s keynote address there were two breakout sessions, lunch, annual member meeting, two more additional breakout sessions, and a brief closing session. I attended Britt Gangeness’ “Using the SEEK website to promote your work” where I was encouraged to pursue using SEEK’s “Partner” resource. Continue Reading...

Every month guest bloggers share their stories, resources, and insights into the world of environmental education. 

Do you have a story to share? Send in a short entry for the MAEE blog! Share stories from the field, highlight an organization or educator that has influenced you, or feature a resource that's been helpful. Contact Callie Recknagel with ideas.

Mapping Environmental Education in MN

What does EE look like in Minnesota? Where does it happen? Use the MAEE mapping tool to explore all of the great places engaging people in environmental education across the state!

This map is a work in progress, so if you know of something that's not on the map already, please send an email to and we'll be sure to add it in.

Visit SEEK for EE Jobs & Events

With a newly redesigned website, SEEK (Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge) offers a database of EE jobs, resources, and events. It's also home to Minnesota's EE guiding documents, like GreenPrint and Environmental Literacy Scope and Sequence. 

Visit the SEEK website today!

Congratulations 2015 MAEE Award Winners

We are honored to present the 2015 Minnesota Association for Environmental Education Awards to the following recipients:
  • Art Widerstrom - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Elizabeth Bartel - Formal Educator of the Year
  • Jeff Ledermann -  Non-formal Educator of the Year
These award winners have made significant contributions to the field of environmental education in Minnesota. Learn about each of their accomplishments here and join us in congratulating them!
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