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MAEE strengthens the role of education as a solution to our environmental and societal challenges.

We serve environmental education (EE) professionals, students, K-12 educators, and their allies in Minnesota through:

  • Coordinating professional development and networking opportunities through conferences and other events
  • Acknowledging successful EE programs and professionals with EE Awards
  • Supporting legislation, partnership and programming that advances EE at the state, regional and national level
  • Empowering our members with the resources they need

Help grow the movement. Get involved with MAEE today!

2016 MAEE Conference: Grow in the Open

August 5-6, 2016

St. John's University in Collegeville, MN

“Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.” -Walt Whitman

Join us for the 2016 MAEE Conference located on the beautiful St. John's University campus in Collegeville, Minnesota! Don't miss these two days filled with field trips, entertainment, a bonfire, concurrent sessions, networking, silent auction, sunrise yoga and more! Keynote Speaker: Chad Dayton, Wilderness Inquiry.

Registration is now closed. Click here for more details about the conference.

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The future of MAEE: 2016-2020 Strategic Plan

The MAEE Board of Directors finalized the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan at the January Board Retreat. Read about our vision for the next five years of the organization and learn how you can get involved in creating these exciting initiatives! Visit the Strategic Planning page to learn more.

2016 Membership Transition 

Through our recent strategic planning process, MAEE has decided to move away from a membership model. We will stop accepting new memberships on December 31, 2016. All memberships created or renewed between now and the end of 2016 will receive full MAEE membership benefits until one year after the renewal date. If your membership is due between now and the end of 2016, you may choose to renew it or to make a donation instead. Learn more about our decision to move away from a membership model here.

MAEE Organizational Members
Interested in becoming an organizational member of MAEE? Check out our membership page for more details.


Agriculture and Environmental Education

by Ethan Lewis

On July 16th the organization I work with participated in the Eat Local Farm Tour. We had approximately 300 people come out to our farm to learn about chickens and their benefits, take wagon rides out into the fields and do family activities. It was a very visual demonstration of people’s growing desire to connect with our food and those who grow it. On a personal level, it was affirmation that my passion to use agriculture and food to connect people to their environment was desired.

This may appear to be a strange feeling since four of the last five-blog posts have been related growing food in some capacity. But this is a more recent trend in the field of environmental education. I certainly wasn’t taught at University that agriculture could be a vector for building relationships to the land and fostering an environmental ethic. But it makes sense. There are countless articles of research lending support to how build an environmental ethic in individuals. One of the common themes is an adult role model guiding children in the outdoors. Continue reading...

Every month guest bloggers share their stories, resources, and insights into the world of environmental education. 

Do you have a story to share? Send in a short entry for the MAEE blog! Share stories from the field, highlight an organization or educator that has influenced you, or feature a resource that's been helpful. Contact Callie Recknagel with ideas.

Mapping Environmental Education in MN

What does EE look like in Minnesota? Where does it happen? Use the MAEE mapping tool to explore all of the great places engaging people in environmental education across the state!

This map is a work in progress, so if you know of something that's not on the map already, please send an email to and we'll be sure to add it in.

Visit SEEK for EE Jobs & Events

With a newly redesigned website, SEEK (Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge) offers a database of EE jobs, resources, and events. It's also home to Minnesota's EE guiding documents, like GreenPrint and Environmental Literacy Scope and Sequence. 

Visit the SEEK website today!

Congratulations 2015 MAEE Award Winners

We are honored to present the 2015 Minnesota Association for Environmental Education Awards to the following recipients:
  • Art Widerstrom - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Elizabeth Bartel - Formal Educator of the Year
  • Jeff Ledermann -  Non-formal Educator of the Year
These award winners have made significant contributions to the field of environmental education in Minnesota. Learn about each of their accomplishments here and join us in congratulating them!
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