Montana Environmental Education Association (MEEA)
Uniting voices, providing support and connecting environmental educators across Montana.
WHAT'S GOING ON IN MONTANA EE?
Get 'Em Outside Mini-Grants
It's here! Click on this link to download the application. Completed applications due December 31, 2013, for programs in 2014. We have $2,000 to give away to get kids outside in Montana!
MEEA Conference 2014
Join us in Butte, Montana for our 2014 annual conference, March 20-21 at Montana Tech. The theme for this year is Bringing Science to Life: Restoring Our Watershed and will highlight the great work being done on the Clark Fork and surrounding areas in education, rehabilitation, and innovative place-based programming. Click on our conference page for full information. Registration opens November, 2013.
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!
New Grasslands Curriculum Available
Montana is full of wild places where kids can cultivate their natural sense of curiosity and urge to explore. This summer, Montana Natural History Center in Missoula teamed up with University of MT’s Dr. John Maron to help get kids outside and develop their skills as budding scientists. Maron, who studies the biology of exotic plant species and foodweb ecology, conducts research in the Blackfoot River valley on the relationships between predators, prey and plant communities. This research also includes an outreach component designed to connect the real-world science taking place with education programs in the community. The curriculum developed through this partnership gets kids outside exploring predator-prey interactions, building mini-naturalist museums, practicing scientific journaling, performing seedling experiments and participating in service learning activities. Lessons are geared toward grades K-5, and include outdoor- and classroom-based activities perfect for summer camps, after school programs and environmental education classes. (Here’s a link…)
Congratulations to our 2013 MEEA Award Winners!
We were proud to award the following individuals for our 2013 MEEA Awards:
Teacher of the Year: Kim Petersen
Sense of Wonder: Adrianne Wallace, Merry Hearts Play Circle
Business of the Year: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Montana Wild Program
Students of the Year: Mitch and Wrangell Parcell
Read the latest BugNet
Workshops, classes, and other info about EE in Montana available on BugNet, the montly newsletter of MEEA. Read about it here!