Annual Conference

The 28th Annual Conference was on March 21-23rd, 2019 at Fairmont Hot Springs! Thanks to all attendees, we’ll see you again next year at Chico Hot Springs!

Community Engagement through Citizen Science and Stewardship


Thursday Professional Development Opportunities: 

Upper Clark Fork River Tour: Citizen Science & Restoration Efforts (Rayelynn Brandl and Abby Peltomaa (Clark Fork Watershed Education Program)

Community Service Project with the Montana Tech Restoration Program (Dr. Robert Pal and Staff from Montana Tech’s Restoration Program)

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Workshop & Trout Hatchery Tour (Liz Lodman, AIS Information Officer MT, Fish, Wildlife & Parks)


Friday Concurrent Sessions:

This year the Friday sessions will focus around three tracks:

  • Citizen science
  • Community service and engagement projects
  • Creating stewards from K-12 programs.

A keynote presentation will be provided by: Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer

Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer is the executive director of the Hopa Mountain organization. Hopa Mountain invests in rural and tribal citizen leaders who are improving education, ecological health, and economic development. They have many programs revolving around creating citizen leaders in communities through environmental education as well as engaging members of the public. 


Saturday Professional Development: 

Butte Mining and Superfund History (Rayelynn Brandl, Abby Peltomaa, & Dr. Arlene Alvarado, Clark Fork Watershed Education Program)


Our Sponsors:

·         National Wildlife Federation – Patron Sponsor

·         MT Department of Environmental Quality – Patron Sponsor

·         MT Fish Wildlife & Parks – Foundation Sponsor

·         Yellowstone Forever – Foundation Sponsor

·         Clark Fork Watershed Education Program – Foundation Sponsor

·         MT Noxious Weed Education Campaign – Patron Sponsor

·         Northwestern Energy – Foundation Sponsor

·         Montana Audubon Center – Foundation Sponsor















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.”

“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.”