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Save the Date:
25th Anniversary MAEE Conference

MAEE turns 25 next year! If you haven’t already marked your calendars for our conference in July make sure you do. Look for more details as the date draws near, including a call for presenters, field trip details, and much more! 

Volunteer with MAEE
If you've been looking for a way to get more involved in MAEE, here's your chance! We are looking for volunteers to dedicate a little bit of time each month to join the following working committees and help us increase our impact as an organization.

  • Advocacy/Equity 
  • Fundraising 
  • Events/Professional Development 
  • Communications 
  • Awards/Scholarships 
  • Regional Advocate

Read more about each committee here. If you are interested, please contact to learn more.


No Water Flows In — It All Flows Out
By: Britt Gangeness
Minnesota has a very unusual geographic position. We sit atop a triple, continental-scale water divide, a divide that sends water north to the Hudson, east to the Great Lakes and the Atlantic, and south to the Gulf of Mexico. Almost all of our water comes to our state as rain or snow.

This means we are not receiving polluted water from a state with lower environmental standards. But it also means we have a responsibility to keep water clean—for our communities and for other states and nations. 

Whoa, that’s a big responsibility. How are we doing?... Click here to continue reading Britt's blog. 

Every month guest bloggers share their stories, resources, and insights into the world of environmental education. Read the blog here. 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 Board with ideas.

News and Events

Mississippi Park Connection
Sign-ups are now being accepted for FREE climate change field trips offered by the National Park Service and partners for students in grades 5-8. The field trip features three activities to support climate literacy. Bus stipends are available, and two classrooms can be accommodated on one trip.
Spring dates available: April 13, 14, 20, 21, 26, and 27. Trips take place at Fort Snelling State Park. Contact Mary Hammes to schedule field trips: 651-291-9119 and email:
Additional information is available on the park’s website.

Water/Ways is a traveling exhibition and community engagement initiative of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program. We Are Water MN, a companion exhibit that was developed with statewide partners, tells the Minnesota water story using interactive storytelling. The exhibit includes stories from people reflecting on the meaning and experience of water in Minnesota, stories from local people from each host site community, and space for exhibit visitors to add their own stories and images. Check out the story maps created for each of the three cities where the exhibit has been: New London-SpicerSt. PeterRed Wing, Sandstone, and Lanesboro
Check out the Water/Ways website for more exhibit locations and dates, including its next stop at Lanesboro Arts starting on January 7th. 

Ney Nature Center Upcoming Events
Sign up for all events here. 
December Eco Explore Day Camp
December 27, 9 am to 4 pm
Don’t let the kids hibernate over their winter vacation – get your kids outside at the Ney Nature Center for a winter adventure! Take hikes, make shelters in the woods, create nature art, build a campfire, and enjoy hot chocolate breaks. 

Open Hours
January, February, and March
Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 4 pm
The NNC Education Building will be open, offering a great time to try out a pair of snowshoe or skis, bird watch from the building, enjoy hot chocolate, cider, or coffee, and relax in our reading corner. Equipment is first come, first served.

Book Club
Beginning January 3, 6 to 7 pm
Adults will have an opportunity to experience literature centered on the environment and the various topics it encompasses while participating in discussions and creating new relationships. Participants will trade off bring snacks. First session runs January-April. RSVP by December 27.
Cost: $10/session for members; $12/session for non-members

Nature Craft Night
January 5, 6 to 8 pm
Families, couples, friends, and individuals alike are invited for a night of nature crafting fun! NNC staff will provide instruction and supplies to create projects centered around the environment. Light snacks and beverages provided, or bring your own! All materials will be provided, but there is a per project fee ($15 for members/$20 for non-members) due Thursday, December 29, which is needed to secure materials. 

Professional Development
Teaching with Lake Superior Conference: Nature as a Resource
February 11, 9am – 4pm

This full day conference is designed to offer sessions for pre-K – 12th-grade educators in formal and non-formal settings.  During our February conference, we want to help you make the most of natural phenomena and draw resources of the North Woods into meaningful teaching moments. Sessions will include:
Will we Have a Snow Day? How Does Solar Power Work? What Kind of Rock is This? Why do Forest Fires Happen? What Happens to the Animals that Live There? How does a forest help people? What Will Climate Change Mean for Me? 

7 CEUs available
Cost: $20 (includes Aquarium admission, parking, coffee, snacks and lunch).

Green Teacher Webinar: Place-based Education
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 7:30pm EST
Register Here
In contrast to so much of schooling that is presented with little or no context, place-based education offers educators opportunities to build skills, knowledge, and aptitudes with engaging storylines. The presentation will include examples and discussion about what constitutes excellent place-based curriculum and student work and how these authentic products inspire deep learning.


Green your gifts and gatherings this holiday season
Green your gift wrapping this holiday season with some tips and ideas from Hennepin County. With all the food, packaging and beverage bottles and cups, events of any size, including fairs, markets, races, concerts, parties, can generate a lot of waste. Learn how to green your next event at

50 things you can give that are more about experience
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has some great gift ideas you can give that are experiences and not things. Check out their list here.

Grants, Awards, & Scholarships

Green Ribbon Schools
Is your school, district, or college making strides at being green? Do you want an incentive for improving? The Green Ribbon Schools Awards from the U.S. Department of Education honor schools that:

  • Reduce environmental impact by conservation of energy, water, and waste
  • Improve health and nutrition through gardens, food service and outdoor activities, and
  • Provide effective environmental education

The awards are available to:

  • All PreK-12 schools: public, private, charters, including early learning school districts
  • Post-secondary institutions, including two-year and four-year schools

The application is due December 22, so there is time to organize a team to divide up the work. There are many resources and examples of successful applications available.

More information available at: 

The World of 7 Billion Student Video Contest
Hennepin Population Education is conducting the World of 7 Billion Student Video Contest.  Create a short video-up to 60 seconds-about human population growth that highlights one of the following global challenges: Climate Change, Ocean Health, or Rapid Urbanization.  Submissions are due February 23, 2017. Find out more information here.

Grant aims to get more people hunting and fishing 
DNR's work in recruitment, retention, and reactivation – R3 for short – has one primary goal: Helping you find the information and learn the skills needed to enjoy Minnesota's great outdoors. Grants are available to help focus the attention and activity of new recruits and those who have lost touch on the outdoors.​ Check out the grant opportunity here. 


Environmental Education Policy: Post-Election Analysis and Strategies For This Year and Next
Over the past 25 years, NAAEE and our partners have strategically worked to create a wide and diverse foundation of support for programs and policies that favor environmental education (EE) at all levels of government. We will continue to foster that support as we monitor transition plans and administrative and Congressional appointments. While we face some uncertainty regarding federal challenges and opportunities in light of the election results, the field of EE, and this network in particular, benefits from the local advantage--our organizations and practitioners are trusted and appreciated members of the communities in which they work. Leveraging that local advantage will be critical to sustaining programs and moving policies that support the field and move us forward over the next several years. Learn about the policy strategies for the coming year through the NAAEE Advocacy Group.

Mark your calendar for the Advocacy 101 training call on January 5, 2017 at 1-2 EST. Invite a colleague! If you can’t make it, a recording will be posted on the eePRO advocacy group page that you can listen to later. Sign up to participate in the NAAEE Advocacy Group via eePRO.

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Our Mission
MAEE seeks to strengthen the role of environmental education as a solution to our environmental and societal challenges.
We serve environmental education professionals, students, and K-12 educators in Minnesota through:
1. Coordinating professional development and networking opportunities through conferences and other events
2. acknowledging successful EE programs and professionals
3. supporting legislation that advances EE at the state and federal level
4. sharing resources for our members.

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