Annual Conference

It’s Almost Time!
MEEA’s 32nd Annual Conference 2024

Creating Connections: Weaving the Many Threads of Environmental Education

The Details

  • Date: March 15-17, 2024
  • Location: MSU Billings Campus and Montana Audubon Center in Billings, MT
  • Theme: Creating Connections: Weaving the Many Threads of Environmental Education

Schedule

Friday: Professional Development (half and whole day opportunities) Social Networking 

Saturday:
– Morning Session 
– Lunch: Keynote & Annual Meeting Presentation 
– Afternoon Sessions 
– Evening Networking Social 

Sunday: Field Trips – adjourn at noon  

This rescheduled conference includes enjoying the Friday night social, time for Networking, Eastern Montana-specific field trips, not to mention application sessions, concurrent sessions, and more! We can’t wait to see you there.

Get Involved:

  • Interested in presenting? We’re looking for Friday Professional Development Sessions (whole or half day), Saturday sessions, and Sunday Field Trips. Apply here.
  • Exhibitor Booth spaces are now available. Contact Emily Chilcoat (echil18@gmail.com) to reserve your space. 
  • Donate to the Silent Auction. Proceeds from our silent auction fund our Get ‘em Outside Mini-Grants. These mini-grants help provide financial support to teachers and organizations to get kids in their area outside. Learn more about our Mini-Grants on our website. Contact Emily Chilcoat (echil18@gmail.com) to contribute a silent auction item.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Shane Doyle (Apsáalooke), is a Montana-based scholar, writer, performing artist, and community advocate whose work focuses on the deep history and cultural heritage of the Indigenous people of the Northern Great Plains. Doyle holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Montana State University and completed a post-doctoral research appointment with the Centre for Geogenetics at the University of Copenhagen in 2016.  As a researcher and a curriculum designer, Shane has made dozens of lessons for Montana’s public schools and continues to develop IEFA curriculum and other resources for teachers and students throughout the state and region.  Dr. Doyle helped lead the Yellowstone Revealed All-Nations Teepee Village in the summer of 2022 and is currently a full-time cultural consultant who lives in Bozeman.

Quotes from previous conference attendees:

“The MEEA conference is consistently one of the best professional development opportunities I participate in. Networking opportunities in Montana for environmental, outdoor, conservation, and place-based educators are few and far between, so the MEEA conference is critical to sustaining and advancing what we all do!”

“As a classroom teacher and nonprofit outdoor educator/ecologist, MEEA’s conference allows me to step back, reflect and put into focus what’s really important in my practice – the process of seeking to understand the people and places that I serve and call home.”

“So many amazing speakers, so much incredible information and resources, and such a great opportunity to connect and network!”

“The MEEA Conference is such a great way to connect with the Environmental Education network across Montana. I truly value the time spent learning new skills, increasing my awareness and meeting a diverse group of providers. You are my people!”

“I value the MEEA conference because it helps me be a continual learning. I really appreciated this year’s conference and how relevant all the presentations were. I enjoying connecting and hearing from experts in this field and related fields. Thanks for this opportunity!!!”

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