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February Happy Hour
When: Thursday, February 23 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Black Dog Cafe | 308 Prince St, Saint Paul, MN 55101

Join us for an exciting happy hour and meet some new faces in the Environmental Education world! There will be space to mingle and purchase drinks, and we'll provide some light appetizers. RSVP here!

Guess who’s turning 25?!?

We are! Join us for our 25th year as we celebrate Environmental Education in Minnesota. Mark your calendar for our conference this July 28-30 at Wolf Ridge ELC.

Winter Reflections
By Guest Blogger: Bailey
As a part time interpretive naturalist sitting in the warm office of my full time job while my naturalist coworkers get to explore the great outdoors this week, I find myself a little less envious than on a warm spring day. Being a Minnesotan all my life, I would think I would be used to the frostbite wind chills, ice comets on the road shoulders, and skate worthy sidewalks. Though, every year it always seems to terrify me a bit more than usual and this year more than any other. Click here to keep reading...

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

Water/Ways Exhibit
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 Water/Ways website for more exhibit locations and dates, including the current location in Lanesboro and the last stop in Detroit Lakes.

Minnesota Parent Camp Fair
When: 2/25/2017, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Looking for unique, engaging summer activities for your child this summer? This FREE event gives parents a chance to meet one-on-one with dozens of camp representatives, who will be sharing information about their camps for kids.

Camps range from all-season sleep-a-way camps to week-long day camps, including art and performance programs; science, technology and academic activities; sports, horseback riding and more. Free children’s activities at the Camp Fair include face painting, a craft station, and an appearance from a special Zoo animal.

For more information, visit the camp fair website or email

Tamarack Nature Center
Nordic Ski Club for Kids

When: Sundays – January 22 and 29, February 5 and 12
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Cost: $44/4-week series; $6/week optional ski rental
Ages: Grades K – 5

Students learn how to dress and stay safe for winter activities, and then learn to cross-country ski! Skills developed include balancing, how to stop and go, and getting upo and down gentle hills. Instructors use games to make learning to ski fun! Click here to learn more.

Professional Development

Schoolyard Gardens Conference
When: Friday, March 3, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Register here.

Over 370 teachers, school administrators, school food service professionals, Master Gardeners, parents, and other school garden supporters attend this annual conference at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to share ideas and resources for building and sustaining school gardens. From nutrition programming to building valuable community partnerships, the conference agenda highlights practical and inspirational tools from the leading experts and educators in Minnesota.

Call for Proposals: 2017 Nature-Based Preschool National Conference
Submission Deadline: Monday, March 6
Conference dates: Aug 3-5, 2017
Conference Location: Seattle, WA
Do you have a perspective to share about nature-based education for young children? Submit your proposal for a presentation at the 2017 conference. Proposals will be accepted for sessions that explore:
  • Program administration,
  • Teaching methods,
  • Establishing a new nature preschool, and
  • Research related to nature-based education for young children.

Visit the conference web page for more information about the conference and submitting a proposal.

Green Teacher Webinar: Place-based Education
Presented by Amy Demarest
When: 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 story lines. Places—natural and built, rural, urban and suburban all provide compelling narratives which students can investigate as they build the many points of understanding and proficiencies required in K-12 schooling. 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.

STEM at the Zoo
When: April 24-26, 2017
Where: Minnesota Zoo
Join the MN Zoo this spring for a three-day workshop. This professional development opportunity is offered to informal educators from zoos and aquariums that are looking to expand their institution’s STEM programming and implement the ZOOMS model, a zoo-based integrated STEM program. You will explore the role of zoos and aquariums in providing high-quality STEM education, give examples of the programming they offer through ZOOMS, and provide tools and resources that you can take back to your home institution. Learn more here.

Institute for Non-formal Climate Change Education
When: March 13–15
Where: Sandstone, MN
Are you a naturalist, museum educator, or after-school youth program leader? Do you work with community members and the public? This Institute is geared toward anyone interested in learning skills on how to communicate about climate change in non-formal educational settings.
Register Today! Registration $180, Includes: Room and board! 2 Graduate Credits optional (fee)
Click here to learn more about the Institute and to sign up.


Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2016 (4th Edition)

The Earth's climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events – like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures – are already happening. Many of these observed changes are linked to the rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, caused by human activities. EPA partners with more than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change.

For a free copy, send a request to EPA’s Climate Change Indicators Team at

Grants, Awards, & Scholarships

The World of 7 Billion Student Video Contest

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.

Are you looking for new ways to make science and social studies education more interactive and fun for your students while earning professional development credit? Population Education has you covered!

Free glaciology and marine programs for girls seek applications

Inspiring Girls Expeditions is accepting applications through January 31, 2017 for free summer science and wilderness expeditions in Alaska and Washington for girls ages 16 to 17.

Three teams of up to nine teenage girls and three instructors will spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers or fjords with tidewater glaciers. They’ll conduct scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, oceanographers, artists and mountaineers.

Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Applications are due by 4:00 PM on January 27, 2017

The Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) Grant Program funds conservation projects that restore, enhance, or protect forests, wetlands, prairies, and habitat for fish, game, and wildlife in Minnesota.


Next Advacacy Call with NAEE
NAAEE needs voices from around the country to advocate for EE; to communicate with legislators and their staff about the great work you are doing in the community, and the link from that, directly to appropriations for the field.
This session will bring you up to speed on the strategy and process of their funding campaign that will run through the beginning of March. The call is Thursday, February 2nd from 1:00-2:00ET. No RSVP needed. Call-in (712) 432-1212, ID: 639-367-277

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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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