Dear MAEE Members and Friends,
Over the last year, the Minnesota Association for Environmental Education Board of Directors has developed an exciting strategic plan to direct our work over the next five years. After a lot of intentional thought and input from members and stakeholders, we have decided to move away from our traditional membership model in order to serve a wider audience interested in environmental education.
With this change comes the opportunity to expand our reach and broaden the conversation around environmental education in Minnesota, while continuing to connect practitioners to resources, professional development, and networking opportunities through a common field of practice. There are some promising initiatives on the horizon, and we need your continued support to help make them a success.
We exist to advance environmental education in Minnesota and to support you in offering quality programming in the field. We look forward to connecting with you in the coming months to talk more about what’s ahead for MAEE. Please read through the FAQs below to learn more about the membership transition and how you can stay involved in MAEE moving forward.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is MAEE getting rid of individual memberships?
At the 2013 North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Conference, representatives from affiliates across the country talked about their move away from a membership model. Membership-based organizations in general are on the decline as a new generation of professionals find other ways to engage in their field. The number of individual MAEE members has declined steadily over the last several years, so it made sense to look for an alternative. The MAEE Board realized that we put a lot of time and energy into membership related-activities and have decided to shift that energy into reaching a broader audience and making the resources we share more accessible to all. Organizational memberships will continue to be available.
How will MAEE change if it’s no longer a membership organization?
We will continue to send a monthly e-newsletter full of EE resources, but it will reach a much wider audience than it did previously. We will continue to host the MAEE Conference and other networking and educational events for the EE community. You will see new initiatives rolling out over the coming years as we build our capacity to do more and reach more people in advocating for and expanding environmental education throughout the state. As a small, volunteer-run, non-profit organization, we are looking to our current and past members to continue to invest in MAEE as we embark on this next chapter. Over the next five years we aim to:
When will membership end?
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 (i.e. If a membership is renewed 4/25/2016, it will be active until 4/25/2017). If your membership is due between now and the end of 2016, you may choose to renew it or to make a donation instead.
What's happening with Organizational Memberships?
MAEE is continuing our Organizational Memberships. Organizational membership benefits include the following marketing and networking opportunities:
How can I continue to support MAEE without being a member?
We hope you will continue your annual contribution to MAEE as a tax-deductible donation so we can continue to support the field of environmental education in Minnesota. With your donation, you will receive the following benefits:
How can I get more involved with MAEE?
We have a number of ways that volunteers can get more involved in MAEE. We welcome short term volunteers to help with projects or events as they come up. We currently have five committees which welcome new energy and expertise (Advocacy & Equity, Outreach & Engagement, Fundraising, Events, and Communications). We need passionate and dedicated volunteers to help us accomplish the initiatives that will help us have a greater impact on advancing environmental education in Minnesota.
Please contact us with any questions, concerns, suggestions, or interest in getting involved. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 612-354-MAEE (6233) and we'll get back to you soon.
The Minnesota Association for Environmental Education Board of Directors
Molly Phipps, Wendy Tremblay, Liz Hasty, Lindsay Raab, Maryan Abdinur, Angela Bianco, Ethan Lewis, Jennifer Parker, Callie Recknagel, Melissa Tobias, Jenna Totz, and Angie Ziobro