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. Become a member of MAEE today!

Feast Forward

Do Good. Have Fun. Do both at this social event while supporting promising solutions to education. It's a meal, a program, and a networking event all rolled into one!
When: Saturday December 13th from 5:00-8:00 pm
Where: River Bend Nature Center, 1000 Rustad Rd, Faribault, MN 55021
Registration: $15 for MAEE & River Bend members, $20 non-members, additional donations to either organization are welcome. Click here to register and learn more.

MAEE President's Update

The MAEE Board is currently going through a strategic planning process to look at what we believe in, what we’re doing, and make sure the two are aligned. This includes exploring new ways of operating, exploring new models of serving our members, and adapting MAEE to continue serving Environmental Education in MN well into the future. A few initiatives we are exploring in the process include providing more opportunities to network and meet others in the field of EE (like the Feast Forward event, above), partnering with the Midwest Environmental Education Conference and Minnesota Naturalists' Association on conference opportunities, and participating in affiliate events like the NAAEE conference to get new ideas and build new partnerships. Read MAEE Board President Molly Phipp's update to learn more about these exciting developments!


Mapping Environmental Education in Minnesota

What does EE look like in Minnesota? Where does it happen? This new tool, developed by the MAEE Board and 2014 MAEE conference attendees includes parks, schools, environmental learning centers, non profit organizations, government entities and more! 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.

Every month guest bloggers share their stories, resources, and insights into the world of environmental education. Read the blog here. Are you a writer? 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.

Nominate an Educator for the 2015 MAEE Awards

The Minnesota Association for Environmental Education awards program exists to recognize and encourage excellence in the field of environmental education. The deadline for nominations for the 2015 MAEE awards is April 10, 2015.

Awards are given in the following categories: Lifetime Achievement in Environmental Education, Formal Environmental Educator of the Year, and Non-formal Environmental Educator of the Year. All award winners will be recognized at the MAEE awards ceremony in June 2015 and on the MAEE website. Awards include a one year paid membership to MAEE, admission to Feast Forward and a sustainable commemorative award. View past winners here.

To nominate yourself or another individual for any of the awards described, please fill out the Nomination Form. For further information, contact Angela Bianco. The MAEE Awards program is generously sponsored by the Jeffers Foundation.

Visit SEEK for EE Jobs & Events

SEEK is 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: SEEK website!

MAEE Organizational Members
  • Acorn Naturalists
  • Jeffers Foundation
  • Conserve School
  • Minnesota Zoo
  • Audubon Center of the Northwoods
  • Wolf Ridge ELC
  • MN Pollution Control Agency - SEEK
Interested in becoming an organizational member of MAEE?Check out our membership page for more details.

Support MAEE to help us bring high-quality professional development opportunities to MN educators, connect educators to resources that help them improve their practice, and support our work educating the public, teachers, and policy-makers about the value of education for, about, and in the environment.
MAEE is a state affiliate of NAAEE

A member of the No Child Left Inside Coalition

Read about the exciting legislation that this coalition promotes on our NCLI page and ask your organization to join the coalition today!

A member of the MN Green Schools Coalition
MAEE is a founding member of the MN Green Schools Coalition and supports the work of transforming traditional schools into healthy, high-performing learning spaces for environmental education.

VIDEO: No Child Left Inside

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