The Annual Conference is the most visible and important MEEA event, effectively promoting the mission by bringing together educators, agencies, tribes, businesses, and organizations. Each person leaves the conference with renewed enthusiasm, new knowledge, relevant and useful contacts and resources. Participants gain a greater awareness of issues, discover fresh approaches to environmental education and build relationships with colleagues across the state.
MEEA 2013: What's Wild About Montana?
Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22, 2013
Holiday Inn--Bozeman, Montana
2013 Conference Highlights (see below for more details):
- Keynote Speech from Alan Kesselheim, author of Let Them Paddle: Coming of Age on the Water, and Mary Pat Zitzer, inspirational parents and outdoor adventurers.
- Project Learning Tree Workshop
- Field Institute to the Museum of the Rockies, a world-class museum in Bozeman known for its collection of dinosaur fossils, the Taylor Planetarium, and for bringing high-quality rotating exhibits to Montana.
- 20 separate program sectionals on topics from outdoor apps to journaling to management
- Awards banquet honoring outstanding environmental and outdoor educators in Montana.
- A chance to mingle and mix with like-minded educators from around the state!
**NOTE: The Field Institutes to both Lewis and Clark Caverns and the Weatherization Training Center have been canceled.
REGISTER HERE (downloadable form)
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Hotel Information: Holiday Inn, Bozeman.
- Conference on-site
- Full service restaurant, full service lounge, largest pool in Bozeman!
- $89/night conference rate
Thursday, March 21
9:00-2:00 PLT Workshop and Field Institutes
3:00-5:00 Education Resource Expo
5:15-6:15 Keynote, followed by social (off-site)
Friday, March 22
8:30-11:20 Sectionals 1,2,3
11:30-12:45 Awards Luncheon
1:00-2:50 Sectionals 4,5
Interested in OPI credit?
Sign up for both at the registration desk on-site. OPI credits available based on hours of attendance.
Thank You to our 2013 Conference Sponsors!
US Forest Service--Region 1
Quotes from previous conference attendees:
"First of all, many thanks for putting the effort into crafting an excellent conference. I'm amazed by the quality of the MEEA conferences."
"The pre-social proved critical. I met other Environmental Educators from the Billings area at this time. Since the conference we have met once with a second meeting planned. The MEEA Conference will prove to be the critical point where EE became more collaborative in Eastern MT."
"[The keynote panel] was very engaging, entertaining and inspirational."
"Really, it's one of the most valuable conferences I have attended on a regular basis."
"I can tell you that my experience at MEEA was very beneficial to my professional development as an educator. As someone who is on the ground, working directly with the kids on a daily basis, it was so refreshing to be amongst others working toward like goals in the field. The daily grind can take its toll on my inspiration, which is why conferences like these are so valuable. Not only do they energize our passion to reach children in new ways, but they encourage us to keep moving forward in our pursuits. It is also so great to hear from those who have been teaching for years, and learn from their earned experience."
2011 Conference Award Winners:
- Educator of the Year: Judy Boyle, Divide School
- Sense of Wonder: Liz Burke, USFS
- Student of the Year: Youth Forest Monitoring Team
- Service to MEEA: Frances Graham, Rustica
2010 Conference Award Winners:
-Educator of the Year: Kathleen Kennedy, Big Sky High School (Missoula)
-Sense of Wonder: Carolyn Sevier, Rim Country Land Institute
-Business of the Year: Missoula Parks & Recreation
-Service to MEEA: Steve Kratville, USFS
-Student of the Year: Gabe Kirkley, Gabe's Owl Pellets (Dillon)
-Water Teacher of the Year, awarded by Montana Watercourse:
Chris Ruffatto, Whitefish High School
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