In order to help create a more sustainable future for all Maine communities, the Maine Environmental Education Association uses the power of education to advance environmental literacy and civic engagement.

donarenowA Big Step Forward
New K-12 Education Bill Strengthens
Environmental Education

President Obama has signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)-- sweeping bipartisan legislation that for the first time, supports opportunities for environmental education and hands-on, field-based learning experiences.

The gains for environmental education come as a result of years-long work by supporters of the No Child Left Inside (NCLI) Act, which sought to fund states’ efforts to implement environmental literacy plans in K-12 public schools. The Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA), after many years of championing federal support for environmental education is now gearing up for the the long and complicated next steps of translating the bill's environmental education provisions to increased support for environmental literacy programs and curricula in Maine.

Moving Forward: Youth Empowerment

We are proud and excited to announce that MEEA is one of nine professional environmental education associations in North America that was recently awarded an EECapacity grant from EECapacity (www.eecapacity.net) to empower youth from diverse backgrounds in Maine and New England in 2015 and 2016. This is an exciting new project that builds upon a youth empowerment focus that MEEA has been pursing in the past few years. The New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA) was also awarded a similar grant and the two organizations will be collaborating with the intent to deepen our impact not only in Maine but also regionally.

The grant is being supported organization-wide by MEEA but is being spearheaded in Maine by a collaborative leadership team comprised of four individuals from four organizations, Olivia Griset, current MEEA President, Adrian Ayson, Executive Director of NEEEA and MEEA projects-manager, Anna Sommo, Youth Programs Manager at Cultivating Community, and Karen Arno, a lead environmental educator from Maine Audubon. The project will involve a convening of leaders in the field where professionals will engage with topics such as behavior change in youth, youth empowerment, and best practices for working with youth in diverse communities.

 What Is MEEA For?

Imagine the first time you ever saw a moose, or explored a tide pool, felt the cool water of the ocean wash over your skin, climbed a mountain... Now imagine a life where you live only hour from the ocean in Maine but have never walked on the beach, never hiked a mountain, never heard the waves crashing, or seen the beauty of sand pipers in flight. Many economic barriers exist for many Maine children that could make this unbelievable statement their actual reality. At MEEA, we believe that ALL Maine children have the right to experience the unimaginable beauty of the sate we are so lucky to inhabit.

Today, MEEA is focused on smart growth: better access to funding for transformative projects, improving organizational function, and broadening our reach to a more diverse audience. In the past few years, MEEA has achieved success under all these measures.