Friday, April 25th, 2014; Children's Country Day School, Mendota Heights, MN
Saturday, March 21, 2015; Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul, MN
Feast Forward is a traveling social event that raises money for environmental education through meals and entertainment. The point? Do good for our community, build new partnerships and friendships, and, well, have fun together.
The 2014 MAEE Conference included:
Exploring Our CommunitiesJune 14-15, 2013
Natural playgrounds: Benefits and elements
January 9, 2012 at the Minnesota Department of Education in Roseville
Natural playgrounds are intentionally-designed outdoor spaces that encourage kids to incorporate nature in to their play. They may include things like rocks to scramble on, hills to climb, streams to dam, trees to balance on, and gardens to explore. Natural playgrounds have many benefits, including more imaginative free play, more social interaction and less bullying.
This interactive and very informative workshop explored natural, outdoor play environments through numerous pictures and exercises, and shows why children of all ages love them and find them both challenging and therapeutic. Attendees learned ways to significantly improve outdoor play and learning areas using readily available community and on-site resources.
About the presenter: Ron King, Architect, President of the Natural Playgrounds Design and Construction Companies, designs and constructs Natural Playgrounds throughout North America.
David Sobel in Minnesota
September 17-18, 2012
at the Friends School of Minnesota in St. Paul, MN
PLACE-BASED EDUCATION: MAKING SCHOOL MORE LIKE A FARMER’S MARKET
The landscape of schooling has begun to look like the sprawl of America. Generic textbooks designed for the big markets of California and Texas provide the same homogenized, unhealthy diet as all those fast food places on the strip. Educational biodiversity falls prey to the bulldozers of standardization. What is nearby has become parochial and insignificant. Place-based education is a response to the alienation of schools from community, and the decoupling of schools from historic sites, local landscapes, and farms. Instead, we need schools organized around the principles of the farmers' market, drawing on the resources and variety of the local community.
David led a free educational workshop focused on the seven Children and Nature Design Principles: Special Places, Adventure, Fantasy, Small Worlds, Hunting and Gathering, Animal Allies and Maps and Paths. These principles are useful tools for formal and non-formal educators in constructing new and innovative approaches to curriculum and program design in schools, summer and vacation camps, nature centers and environmental learning centers.
David Sobel is an internationally-known researcher, practitioner, and promoter of developmentally appropriate environmental education, place-based education, map-making with children, school improvement, children and nature, and parenting with nature.
Conference Information: A stand of conifers will interlock their shallow roots to support each others growth, especially in northern Minnesota’s thin topsoil. Environmental educators in Minnesota must also share strong roots. The 2010 MAEE conference focused on growing strong, quality EE programs by providing sessions on:
Conference Information: No matter what age or stage you are at you are learning. Environmental literacy requires education from birth to old age, but each age group has special learning requirements. The 2009 Conference focused on developing environmental education skills for educators working with students of all ages, sessions included:
More information is in the 2009 conference program (pdf).
Environmental education conferences in Minnesota have been hosted by various organizations and agencies since 1990. A brief description of each follows here:
2008: June in Lino Lakes, MN. Hosted by MAEE.
2007: April in Alexandria, MN. Hosted by MAEE.
2006: October in St. Paul, MN. National conference, hosted by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). MAEE was the affiliate host.
2005: April in Finland, MN. Hosted by MAEE.
2004: April 16-17 in Mankato, MN. Hosted by MAEE and the Minnesota Science Teacher's Association.
2003: March in Rosemount, MN. Hosted by MAEE.
2001: August 8-9 in Moorehead, MN. Hosted by MAEE.
2000: March 19-22 in Duluth, MN. Hosted by the National Association for Interpretation, Region V. MAEE co-sponsored.
1999: August 5-8 in Stillwater, MN. Midwest conference. Hosted by MAEE and sponsored by the Office of Environmetnal Assistance.
1998: June 19-20 at St. John's University in Collegeville, MN. Hosted by MAEE, Minnesota Office of Environmental Assitance, the EE Advisory Board, and Student Nature Area Program (SNAP).
1997: May 17-19 in Duluth, MN. Hosted by MAEE, Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance, the EE Advisory Board, and the Minnesota Naturalists' Association.
1996: June 17 in Minneapolis. Hosted by MAEE, Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance, and EE Advisory Board.
1995: October 12-15 in Rochester, MN. Midwest conference, hosted by MAEE and the EE Advisory Board.
1994: November 18-19 in Alexandria, MN. MAEE and the Environmental Education Advisory Board co-host the event.
1993: October at the U of M in St. Paul. MAEE hosts the Minnesota EE Conference for the first time.
1992: November in Brainerd, MN. MAEE formed as an orgnaization and partnered to produce this conference.
1991: September 27-October 2 in St. Paul, MN. Natioanl conference, hosted by the North American Association for EE.
1990: October 27-28th in Bloomington, MN. Hosted by the Environmental Quality Board and the Department of Education.