Montana Environmental Education Association (MEEA)
Uniting voices, providing support, and connecting educators to promote environmental literacy across Montana
WHAT'S GOING ON IN MONTANA EE
Get 'em Outside!
Applications due December 31st, 2015.
MEEA is excited to announce the 2015-2016 Get 'em Outside Mini-grant request for proposals. Four grants of up to $500 each are to be awarded for a program operating in 2016. The purpose of the grant is to provide direct financial support to educators (both formal and non-formal) in MT in their efforts to take students outside for learning opportunities. For more information and the application, click here.
See you next year in Bozeman, March 31st-April 1st at the Baxter Hotel downtown for our 25th Annual Conference. More details at our conference page.
MEA-MFT, Billings Oct 15-16
Thanks for joining us at MEA-MFT 2015! We had a few hundred teachers at the MEEA-sponsored presentations and/or stop by our membership table. We had lots of fantastic conversations about getting students outside and learned a lot from our presenters and the participants, as well! Take a look at the chart to see what kinds of topics we covered: Download a chart of MEEA sectionals here.
ScienceMontana.org -- a great resource for EE
A project of our friends at MSU Extended University, ScienceMontana.org is an interactive portal for Montana STEM-related resources. There are download-able materials for life, earth, physical, and space sciences, and plenty of resources connected to Montana's Indian Education for All initiative. It's all Montana-connected information, too!
STEM, NGSS, and other acronyms
The new Next Generation Science Standards contain a lot for environmental and conservation educators to like. Paul Anderson at Bozeman Science (of MSU) has created a video series that breaks down the 400-page document into a number of easy-to-take videos.Visit the YouTube channel here.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is also big in the education world these days. Our colleagues in Oregon have put together a great presentation on connecting STEM with EE.
NAAEE (North American Association for Environmental Education), EEweek, and the Children and Nature Network also have lots of resources for nature-connected education on these and other topics, so check them out!
Congratulations to our 2014 MEEA Award Winners!
We were proud to award the following individuals for our 2014 MEEA Awards:
Teacher of the Year: Lori Ortley, Flathead High School
Sense of Wonder: Kristen Litz, Clark Fork School, Missoula
Sense of Wonder: Kurt Cunningham, MT FWP
Students of the Year: Olivia Schmit, Hamilton Middle School
Nature and Scope of Outdoor and Nature Programming in Montana
Along with our other partners in the Montana Children and Nature Initiative, MEEA sponsored a survey in 2013 to identify what really is happening to get kids connected with nature in Montana. Amanda Obery of Montana State University took the lead on the project, an nearly 800 educators across the state responded. Take a look at the results in two great online Prezi presentations (survey of programming, and where do we go from here?). You can also see a PDF poster of the results that was presented at the 2013 NAAEE conference in Baltimore here. MEEA has used this survey in part to determine our strategic direction moving forward. Exciting stuff!