Montana Environmental Education Association (MEEA)

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             MEEA Conference 2015: Discovering Hidden Treasures

            March 19-20th at the KwaTaqNuk Resort in Polson, Montana

A special invitation to join educators and other professionals from around the state for the 2015 conference of the Montana Environmental Education Association.

MEEA 2015: Discovering Hidden Treasures

This year’s conference features two days of professional development workshops and seminars, exhibits for curriculum and organizational management, an awards luncheon, and plenty of opportunities for building relationships with colleagues across the state who value and work toward providing nature-connected education in Montana.

Highlights include:

  • On Thursday, 3 full-day seminars for an immersive professional development experience
    • Translating Vision, Mission, and Values into Inspired Action, a full-day professional development workshop targeted toward organizational management, with Rebecca Johns and Shareen Springer.
    • Water Quality Monitoring Training from Montana Watercourse with Stephanie McGinnis for anyone interested in integrating water quality monitoring into their classrooms and programs.
    • Introduction to ArcGIS for Educators with Hans Bodenhammer, a fantastic opportunity to learn about integrating technology and nature education.
  • On Friday, four concurrent sessions in three unique strands featuring education and resource professionals from around the state.
  • A special keynote speech from Julie Cajune, Executive Director of the Center for American Indian Policy and Applied Research at Salish Kootenai College.
  • Evening social at Glacier Brewing Company, Awards Luncheon, Exhibitor Fair, and more!

See the conference page for more details. See you there!

 

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!


Flash slideshow here.