ECO Events

ECO Events

Educator Connection Opportunity (ECO) Events

MAEE is holding a series of ECO Events with the goal of bringing environmental educators together to make meaningful connections, to learn from one another, and to build a lasting network of EE professionals across Minnesota.  Please join us at one of the upcoming opportunities!

Have an idea for a future ECO Event?  Please contact us at maeeinfo@gmail.com.

Time to Restore - Literally and Figuratively!


Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 9:30am - 12:30pm

Start the year off right with some fresh ideas! Join other EE professionals to swap stories and resources while working on a restoration project at Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary in St. Paul, also the future home of the Wakáŋ Tipi Center, set to open in spring 2023. After our work, we’ll take a 10-minute walk down the trail to Black Dog Cafe to grab a drink and/or a bite to eat and continue networking. As the new school year kicks off, don’t miss this opportunity to problem-solve challenges and meet with others in the field!

Location:  Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary in St Paul

Cost: FREE

Register:  Send an email to sally.mattison@minnesotaee.org.

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November ECO Event: Learn at the Home of Ecosystem Ecology


Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 9:30am - 12:30pm

Did you know that the site credited with the beginnings of the field of ecosystem ecology is right here in Minnesota? Join other EE professionals at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel to explore the meeting point of the three largest ecosystems in North America as well as the current site of international research, and sample activities educators can take back to their settings, such as a scavenger hunt, One Small Square investigation, Big Biodiversity experiment application, and/or Ecosystem Comparison investigation.

Location:  Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel

Cost: FREE

Register:  Send an email to sally.mattison@minnesotaee.org.

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PAST EVENTS:

Hiking Adventure!


Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 1pm - 3pm

Explore a new park in the Twin Cities with us!  Led by avid hiker and MAEE's Executive Director, Wendy Tremblay, this hike promises to be a mini adventure!  Many MAEE members have plant, bird & animal expertise and we'll be learning from each other as we explore new twists and turns along the trail.  

We'll meet at Pine Point Regional Park in Stillwater - a serene nature area with pine forests, lakes, marshes and five miles of multi-trails for biking, hiking, running, bird watching, cross-country skiing and horseback riding. 

Location:  Pine Point Regional Park in Stillwater

Cost: FREE

Register:  Send an email to maeeinfo@gmail.com.

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Morels & More! Spring Foraging Adventure


Sunday, May 16th, 2021, 9am - 12pm, SW Metro Area

Learn how to hunt for morel mushrooms and other spring edibles while getting to know some fellow environmental educators!  Foraging basics will be covered as well as tips and tricks to finding morel mushrooms.  We will be looking for morels and other spring edibles, such as ramps, fiddlehead ferns, oyster mushrooms, or pheasant back mushrooms.

Morels can be extremely challenging to find and there is a lot of competition out there. While it is not guaranteed we will find morel mushrooms, we will be visiting a site that has been a consistent morel location after years of foraging. However, if we don’t find any, you will learn how to increase your chance of finding them at a later date!

To protect the morel site from premature foraging, the exact location will be sent to attendees the night before the event. The location will take place in the SW metro region of the Twin Cities.

Cost: $35 (includes $10 donation to MAEE to support additional events like this!)

Questions about this event? Contact us at maeeinfo@gmail.com.

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