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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 THIS THURSDAY for a fun 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


Why do you do it?

By Wendy Tremblay, MAEE Board of Directors and Early Childhood Nature Specialist
“Why do you do it?” A simple question. Not always with a simple answer. I’ve been asked this question more than once in the past month, and it really got me thinking about my purpose. Not just in my current job or my role on the MAEE board of directors, but overall. Why do I do the things I do? Click here to keep reading...

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

Apply now to be a Minnesota
GreenCorps Host Site!

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is now accepting applications from organizations interested in hosting an AmeriCorps member for the 2017-2018 MN GreenCorps program year. Applications from eligible organizations interested in hosting MN GreenCorps members are due by 5:00 pm CDT on Friday, March 17, 2017.

Get hooked on volunteering. Help Minnesota’s waters.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking volunteers for its Citizen Stream and Citizen Lake Monitoring Programs. Program volunteers track water clarity, which helps the MPCA learn more about a lake or stream’s water quality. More than 1,200 Minnesotans participate in the Citizen Monitoring Programs, but in order to reach all water bodies across Minnesota, more volunteers are needed. To become a volunteer or learn more about the program, visit the program’s website.

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.

Professional Development

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

As a proud Endorsing Organization, we encourage you to attend the Schoolyard Garden 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.
Visit the conference web page for more information about the conference and submitting a proposal.

Green Teacher Webinar Partner
We are proud to be a new Green Teacher Webinar Partner. Take a look at their upcoming webinars The Power of Positive, Inspiring Solutions, EarthPLAY for Earth Day 2017, and To Unplug or Plug In. Register for these and other webinars on the Green Teacher website.

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

When: June 26-28
Where: University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN Join a network of teachers from across the country dedicated to bringing science, critical thinking, and problem solving about climate change into the classroom! Climate Generation is a nationally recognized leader in climate change education and we are leading our 13th 3-day training on climate change education. 22 clock hours, graduate credit and lodging available. Don’t wait, register today!

Project Learning Tree Trainings

Project Learning Tree provides engaging, hands-on environmental education lessons that use trees and the natural world to teach science, math, ELA and social studies concepts and skills. Participants get and activity guide, CEUs and lunch. Most workshop are free. Go to the DNR site for information and registration.

Challenge of Science Leadership Training Course

In these challenging times for scientists and environmental professionals, the IonE (University of Minnesota) is pleased to be hosting the Challenge of Science Leadership training course April 25-27. The 3-day course will provide the participants with a practical toolkit to enable them to:
• Think more creatively and strategically
• Influence others more effectively
• Facilitate more constructive communication
• Use time more productively
• Get knowledge into action


St. Mathias Park

Check out St. Mathias Park in Brainerd, MN. This park has some great trails for those with physical disabilities including some that are accessible with a wheelchair. 

Children and Nature Network Tools & Resources

Check out this collection of free toolkits, reports, infographics and advocacy tools is designed to help you or your organization connect children, families and communities to nature.

WRAP - Waste Reduction Awareness Program

"The best way to reduce school lunchroom waste is to not create it in the first place!" - Paul Oberg. Visit the Jeffers Foundation website to find ways to reduce waste in school lunchrooms. 

Grants, Awards, & Scholarships

2017 Map Competition for Minnesota Students

Minnesota public, private, or homeschooled students are eligible to enter this ArcGIS Online map competition for middle school and high school students. For this year's contest, students should find an interesting and important story about their selected Minnesota hometown and present it as an ArcGIS Story Map. Details can be found here.


Be Your Own Environmental Hero:
Fresh Strategies Without The Politics

​Thursday, April 27, 2017 — 7:30-9:00 AM
University of St. Thomas — Woulfe Alumni Hall, St Paul, MN
Join the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy for an event that will focus on ways women can affect social change for the better outside of the political process. The goal is to empower women to take action, and help them make strategic decisions about how to be part of positive change.

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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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