Author, Educational Adventurer, and Retired Director at the Audubon Center of the Northwoods in Sandstone, Minnesota.
Mike has shown leadership in the field of environmental education throughout his entire career. He was the Director of the Audubon Center of the North Woods for 38 years. During that time, he not only developed a successful residential environmental learning center but aided in the success of many other environmental education endeavors including starting over 15 Charter Schools that emphasized environmental education. He was an integral part of the teams that started degree programs in Outdoor and Environmental Education at both Northland College and Hamline University. He continues to teach numerous courses for Hamline’s Master’s Degree in Natural Science, which includes the integration of several social media technologies.
Mike has been involved in many state organizations. He helped start the Minnesota Naturalist Association (MNA) in the early 1970’s. He has been involved with NAI, NAAEE, National Audubon Society Nature Center Group, American Camping Association, and MAEE. He has helped numerous organizations with strategic planning, fundraising, and training courses. Also, Mike was involved with the early planning of the International Wolf Center.
Mike has written over 1000 newspaper and magazine articles in addition to publishing over a dozen books! This impressive literary list includes curriculum, text books, topics related to sense of place, environmental education, natural history, and the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren.
Currently, Mike serves on the Minnesota Coastal Management Council as he recently completed a walk around the entire Lake Superior; raising awareness of water related issues. He is currently planning another “Education Adventure” with his wife Kate, walking the entire length of the Mississippi River in 2013! It will be a great opportunity for students, teachers, families, and citizens to learn from their journey about this magnificent water resource!
MAEE is proud to honor Mike Link as the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Environmental Education Award. He has exemplified leadership in the field in environmental education and continues to serve with passion teaching about the natural world around us.