Environmental Education Conferences in the New England States

Looking to the Past to Inform Our Future
March 8, 2017
College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, Massachusetts

As MEES celebrates its 40th anniversary, we look back at how the field of Environmental Education has transformed over the past century. Through the workshops at this year’s conference we hope to take a look back at the roots of the EE movement and how they have shaped the way our branches are reaching and stretching toward the future.

Environmental education is currently facing the real challenges of connecting the citizens of our globe to the natural world around them and communicating the importance of stewardship and action for a healthier Commonwealth, and a healthier Mother Earth.



Resilience In Environmental Education:
Connecting Schools, Communities and Nature
March 23 and 24, 2017 
Colby College, Waterville, Maine

Environmental Education in Maine is a strong professional community, steadfast in what we stand for: advancing environmental literacy, strengthening civic engagement, creating a more diverse and inclusive society that will lead to a more sustainable future for all.

The conference features more than 30 presentatiopns and workshops on:

● Empowering the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders
● Better Together: Building Innovative Partnerships
● Interdisciplinary Environmental Education In and Out of Schools
● Advancing Climate Change Education



Stand Up for EE!
NHEE 2017 Conference
Saturday, March 25th
Sargent Center, Hancock, NH

As environmental education providers, it's our responsibility to stand up and support our field. Come together at the New Hampshire Environmental Educators Spring 2017 conference to rejuvenate, laugh, learn, and connect!

Concurrent sessions will be offered in the following strands:

  • Stand up for advocacy!
  • Stand up for the power of nature!
  • Stand up for interdisciplinary learning!






Mindful Action Towards Progress

Friday-Sunday, November 4-6, 2016      Wisdom House, Litchfield, Connecticut 

Nestled in the quaint forested town of Litchfield, CT, more than 160 enthusiastic environmental educators met for the 2016 New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA) Conference held at Wisdom House. This year’s theme, Now Is the Time: Mindful Action Towards Progress inspired myriad informative sessions and workshops.

After Friday’s full afternoon of sessions, attendees were treated to Jackson Gillman’s energetic and educational story-telling and song. Gillman entertained an enthusiastic and participatory audience with odes to animals, a pledge to our planet, and much more.

On Saturday, guests were welcomed by each of the New England state’s environmental education coalitions and heard many highlights from the previous year. Many states reported on their successful climate change education programs and strategies that were funded in part by an EPA Region 1 grant. Following these state-by-state updates, attendees were fortunate to hear Charles Orgbon III’s interactive and engaging keynote presentation which discussed the importance of empowering collaboration between youth and adults to address our world’s environmental concerns.

Later Saturday afternoon, conference-goers were welcomed at White Memorial Conservation Center for a reception and tour of their site. The exhibits were excitingly interactive, and the live educational animal presentations kept attendees on their toes as owls perched and snakes slithered.

Saturday evening proved to be a fun-filled, toe-tapping opportunity to participate in a silent auction and contra dance. Many guests gathered late into the evening to share song, story, and rap with one another. Folks nodded off much later with guitar chords strumming them to sleep.

The 2016 conference concluded Sunday afternoon after a morning of workshops and off-site excursions. Attendees left the conference filled with laughter, comradery, and a renewed sense of purpose about their role as environmental educators, advocates, and change agents.



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