Connect with MAEE

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 Shape the Future of MAEE

MAEE is undergoing strategic planning this year and we need your help. We are asking you for your feedback on how MAEE is doing, what we can improve on, and how and why you’re currently involved or have been involved with MAEE in the past. We began soliciting MAEE members at our conference in June 2014 through the World Café. We’ve started drafting our new strategic plan and we’d like to check in with you.

Please fill out this short survey by April 18th to help shape the future directions for MAEE.

Explore with MAEE at Member Meet-ups!

Engage with friends, colleagues, and other environmental educators while you explore our great state of Minnesota.

Hike with a MAEE board member on Saturday, April 18th from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Dodge Nature Center. Learn about Dodge Nature Center as you hike on a boardwalk, through the forest, over a prairie, and overlook the ponds. Meet at the farm parking lot at 1701 Charlton Street, West St. Paul, MN 55118. This is a free event. Members, we encourage you to bring a guest.

Next months event: Saturday, May 2nd 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

Nominate an Educator: 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 July 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.


Monarch Conservation and Education

Monarchs are easily identifiable and beloved creatures that connect many people to nature. They have sparked a movement of citizen science and research. This month's blog post, written by MAEE board member Katie-Lyn Bunney, dives into what happens at The Monarch Lab. Read this month's blog post to learn more and find resources to get involved in your own citizen science! 

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

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
  • Audubon Center of the Northwoods
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency - SEEK
  • River Bend Nature Center
  • Wolf Ridge ELC
Interested in becoming an organizational member of MAEE?Check out our membership page for more details.

Support MAEE today! Your donation will help us continue to:
  • 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 environmental education.
MAEE is a state affiliate of NAAEE

No Child Left Inside Coalition

MAEE is 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!

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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