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:
Congratulations to the 2016 MAEE Award Winners!
Josh Leonard, Non-formal Educator of the Year
Anna Dutke, Formal Educator of the Year
Larry Dolphin, Lifetime Achievement in Environmental Education
Scholarships are available for anyone to apply. The 2016 scholarship session is now closed. To apply for a scholarship, please check back in 2017.
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 individual memberships on December 31, 2016. All individual 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. Organizational memberships will continue to be available. 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.
I attended the North American Association for Environmental Education conference in Madison, Wisconsin, October 19th-October 21st. It was held at the beautiful waterfront convention center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright on Lake Monona. When I arrived early morning at the center, I was first drawn to the sunlight coming over the lake and the view of people rowing canoes across the calm waters.
On Wednesday, I was fortunate to go on the Sand County Tour to the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the International Crane Foundation,an hour west of the capital in Baraboo, WI. The luxury bus was full when we set off on our road trip to see the “shack,” the Leopold’s cabin in the piney forest, and LEED certified Legacy Center. The International Crane Foundation, has all 15 species of crane from around the world. The rare cranes reside in holdings, while the local common cranes are free to come and go each season.
Thursday began with multiple sessions given as round table discussions, a series of short presentations, hands-on presentations, and traditional presentations. A panel of four speakers occurred over lunchtime on Inspiration to Impact and Why EE Matters. The speakers discussed what inspired them to become who they are today, why they care about the environment, and what they are each doing to inspire others. A short film screening called Some Animals are More Equal Than Others: Keystone Species and Trophic Cascades was shown in the evening, followed by a Q&A session.
On Friday, I enjoyed the opportunity to tour the Madison Children's Museum and see their green roof with edible gardens and interactive structures: such as tunnels, a climbing tower, and a chicken coop. The museum is in an old department store from the 20’s and is LEED gold certified. Madison is built on sacred ground and the philosophy was to convert this existing structure into a useful and creative space instead of destroying it for a new and improved one.
I recommend attending the NAAEE conference in the future. I am happy to be a member of the North American Association for Environmental Education, the early childhood division Natural Start, as well as a past board member of MAEE, the Minnesota state affiliate. Read more here.
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 the MAEE Communications Committee 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be sure to add it in.
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.