Annual Conference

MEEA is happy to announce a new format for the 2022 Annual Conference


Spring: Virtual Day of Professional Development!
Fall: In-Person Conference!

With the realities of the COVID pandemic still with us, MEEA is adjusting and trying something new in 2022. This spring we will be hosting a virtual professional development day, FREE and open to all MEEA members. Separately, in the fall we’re planning to host a full in-person conference in Missoula, MT. It is our hope we can meet the professional development and networking needs of our community this spring in a smaller, virtual way, and hope we’ll be able to gather in-person safely and confidently this fall.

DETAILS FOR THE SPRING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY

  • Date: Saturday, April 2nd, 2022, 10:00am-1:00pm MST.
  • Format: Three, 45 minute long sessions
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Registration Fee: There is no registration fee but you must have a current MEEA membership to attend. MEEA memberships are $30 for individuals.
  • Speakers: TBA

Registration is required for the virtual Spring Professional Development Day

  1. Register HERE for the spring event.
  2. After you register, if you are a MEEA board member will send you a email confirming your registration with the link to attend. If you are not yet a member, or your membership is expiring before the event, we will let you know and send you a link to pay for a membership, $30 for individuals. Once you pay you’ll recieve the Zoom meeting information.
  3. You will receive automated reminder emails with the Zoom link in the weeks and days before the session.

If you want to get a head start on registering for the Spring Professional Development day and already know you need to renew or become a member, you can do so HERE.

Speaker Line Up

10:00am – 10:50am: Strategic Planning with Rose Vallor and Katie Weaver 

Join us to learn about MEEA’s new strategic plan and how we are working to strengthen environmental education in Montana. In 2021, the MEEA board began a year-long planning and engagement process designed to increase access and equity, build relationships and connections, and deepen the impact of EE across the state.

11:00am – 11:50am: Environmental Education Connecting to Classrooms with Michelle McCarthy and Tracy Babcock

Tracy Babcock (veteran 5th Grade Teacher and STEM specialist at Morning Star Elementary) and Michelle McCarthy (Montana Office of Public Instruction’s Science Instructional Coordinator) will be sharing best practices for integrating Environmental Education Programs with Montana classrooms and classroom teachers. We’ll discuss what may encourage teachers to reach out more to combine Environmental Education programs with student learning and not consider it just “fluff activities.”  Attendees will be getting an inside perspective from the Montana Classroom with Tracy’s eleven years of teaching experience and as a Teacher Consultant with the Yellowstone Writing Project!  Her wealth of experience will paint a perspective that gives insight into the needs of teachers.

12:00pm – 12:50pm: Mini-Grant Reports, New Grant Recipients, and Educator Awards – Oh my!

This final session of the day is a celebration of mini-grants past and future as well as a celebration of this year’s MEEA Educator Award winners. We’ll start by hearing from past mini-grant recipient Thai Williams of Hawthorne Elementary who will present on her student-run wildlife habitat project. We’ll then announce our 2022 Mini-Grant Award Winners and celebrate this year’s Educator Award winners. 

DETAILS FOR THE FALL CONFERENCE

  • Date: September 16th – 18th, 2022
  • Format:
    • Friday: Field Trips
    • Saturday: Sessions
    • Sunday: Morning sessions (hike, yoga, coffee, etc.) A detailed schedule will be announced as soon as possible, the format is subject to change.
  • Location: Missoula, MT
  • Registration Fee: TBA
  • Speakers, Schedule & Theme: TBA

Quotes from 2021 conference attendees:

“The MEEA conference is consistently one of the best professional development opportunities I participate in. Networking opportunities in Montana for environmental, outdoor, conservation, and place-based educators are few and far between, so the MEEA conference is critical to sustaining and advancing what we all do!”

“As a classroom teacher and nonprofit outdoor educator/ecologist, MEEA’s conference allows me to step back, reflect and put into focus what’s really important in my practice – the process of seeking to understand the people and places that I serve and call home.”

“So many amazing speakers, so much incredible information and resources, and such a great opportunity to connect and network!”

“The MEEA Conference is such a great way to connect with the Environmental Education network across Montana. I truly value the time spent learning new skills, increasing my awareness and meeting a diverse group of providers. You are my people!”

“I value the MEEA conference because it helps me be a continual learning. I really appreciated this year’s conference and how relevant all the presentations were. I enjoying connecting and hearing from experts in this field and related fields. Thanks for this opportunity!!!”