Montana Environmental Education Association (MEEA)
Uniting voices, providing support and connecting environmental educators across Montana.
WHAT'S GOING ON IN MONTANA EE?
Thank you for joining us! We had a great time learning and celebrating EE in Montana. See you next year!
Montana Weather and Climate Teacher Workshop
Montana Natural History Center is offering the first workshop through its Interactive Distance Nature Education (ID Nature) Program. Montana's Weather and Climate includes a 2-hour ineractive workshop session, is appropriate for K-12 teachers and students, is aligned to Common Core standards, and the first 3 schools to sign up will have the $20 site fee waived. See this flyer for more information. Available in April and May 2015.
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!