Missouri Environmental Education Association

Helping educators inspire Missourians to care about, understand and act for their environment since 1997.


2015 MO Environmental Education and Green Schools Conference

Saturday October 10
The College School
St. Louis, MO




Header Picture Captions: Left to Right: Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial S.P. Nature Detectives, Summer 2010; Academie Lafayette, Kansas City, Stream Class; Sustain Mizzou Green Team recycling at an MU home football game, Columbia. If you have pictures of your students learning aout or working in the environment (with permissions) send them to weaverjc@missouri.edu and we will post them.


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A National Green Ribbon School

Theme and Keynote
Jeff Barrow, Missouri River Relief

Spartan to Less Spartan

Our Conference FUNdraiser

Schedule & Timeline
Updated regularly!

Friday Field Trip
1:00 to 5:15 pm tour of Outdoor Education Sites

EE Slam
An energy-charged wrap-up!

MEEA Meeting
Plans for 2016

Join Us!

Session Descriptions
What can you expect?


Photos from the 2015 Conference


Theme: Where the Wild Rivers Meet

Our theme this year ties together our St. Louis location - where the Missouri and the Mississippi meet, our keynote address by Jeff Barrow, and the river of ideas that flows from the meeting of many minds that care about environmental education.

When rivers meet, their waters mingle to make a new river that may be double in volume, have a faster or slower current, mingle the species and sediments from upstream communities, and be able to work the landscape in ways that neither parent river could before.

Conferences can have the same effect. Attendees bring their ideas and energy and create a swirl of new ideas and a flow of new energy that strengthens their drive and ability to do the work of getting people to care about, understand and act for the environment.

Please join us this year Where the Wild Rivers Meet and make a difference in envrionmental education in Missouri.

Keynote Address: "A Day on the River"

Missouri River Relief’s “Day on the River” is an outdoor, experience-based program to teach students how they are connected to rivers—what the river gives them and what they give back to the river. “Day on the River” is an educational field trip beginning with riverside presentations about the biological, geological and commercial aspects of the river, including a history of the river and its local component. The students then go out in boats on the river to clean up trash that has washed up on the shores and islands.

This experience reinforces the lessons learned at the presentations and provides an opportunity to work together in small groups to make an immediate and visible difference in their community. The “service learning” clean-up provides instant results and builds teamwork. It is incredibly rewarding and fun, too.

Speaker: Jeff Barrow, Missouri River Relief

Jeff serves as Director of Missouri River Relief, an action-oriented, nonprofit organization headquartered in Columbia, Missouri. MRR's mission is to bring people together on the river to make a positive difference in their community. He has been involved with clean water issues since the early 1990s and has worked on a range of activities. He was a founding member of Show-Me Clean Streams and Greenbelt Land Trust of Mid-Missouri and served on the City of Columbia’s Stormwater Task force and Planning & Zoning Commission. He also co-authored with Chad Pregracke a non-fiction book titled “From the Bottom Up: One Man’s Crusade to Clean America’s Rivers” published by the National Geographic Society.

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The College School - A National Green Ribbon School

The College School


As the tag-lines in their Sustainability Signs say, The College School has been "green since 1963." The school works to monitor its progress and growth in its implementation of best ecological and environmental practices throughout its community, curriculum, and grounds. Recycling of paper and commingled goods, a green parking lot with semi-permeable pavers, environmentally responsible construction and maintenance of its grounds, and continued education and integration into its curriculum are all part of The College School going green, or rather staying green.

The College School will offer three sessions at the conference, illustrating how education and sustainability can work hand in hand.

Map It - 7825 Big Bend Blvd, St. Louis, MO

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Conference Schedule

This is a draft of the Schedule for October 10. Times are tentative

Time Activity        
7:30 Registration Opens
8:00 Welcome        
8:15 Concurrent Session 1 STAKE Your Claim on a Texas-sized Island of Trash Following the Flow Successfully Engaging Diverse Audiences Creek Connections
9:30 Concurrent Session 2 An Interactive Watershed Model

Effective Elements for Creating a Cohesive Program

Navigating Group Dynamics: A How-to for Outdoor Classrooms Monarch Butterflies
10:45 Keynote -Jeff Barrow, MIssouri River Relief
11:30 Lunch, Awards
12:15 Enviro Quiz
1:00 Concurrent Session 3 Stormwater: From KC to the Sea Forgetting is Another Kind of Extinction BiodiverseCity St. Louis: The Game Experiential Learning at The College School
2:15 Posters

Experiencing the Mississippi River Safely for Fun
Sustainable Solutions Through Problem Solving
How to Start a Green Schools Club at Your School
The First Forest School in Missouri

TCS Student-Led Field Trips

View the “river” feature outdoors, the greenhouse classroom, garden, grey water system, wind turbine, natural Playscape detailed above, permeable parking lot, butterfly garden, native planning areas, bee hives, chicken coop, Lockwood Park (adjacent to the school with restored natural areas) and student displays on such projects as the field ecology trip.


Table Talks

Interactive Watershed Model
The Importance of Math in Sustainability
Missouri Coalition for the Environment Contests for Students
Navigating Group Dynamics
Sustainable Solutions through Problem Solving
Stormwater: From KC to the Sea
Teacher Created, Teacher Tested Lesson Plans


Table Talks

BiodiverseCity St. Louis: the Game
Discover Nature Schools
Experiencing the Mississippi River Safely for Fun
How to Start a Green Schools Club at Your School
Successfully Engaging Diverse Audiences and Vulnerable Communities
Sustainable Materials Management and Missouri’s 75% Waste Diversion Goal

3:15 EE Slam

Sustainable Materials Management and Missouri's 75% Waste Diversion Goal
Following the Flow
Missouri Coalition for the Environment Contests for High School Students
The First Forest School in Missouri

3:45 Annual MEEA Members Meeting - Introduce New Board, Thank Retiring Board Members, Information on Environmental Education Certification, Green Schools Program
4:15 Conference Debrief- What Worked? What Didn’t? What Should Change and How? Fill out a form if you can't stay!


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The EnviroQuiz is our conference FUNdraiser. For $10 per person, a team of two to four people can compete with other teams in an environmental trivia contest based on the theme of the conference. Prizes include whatever we can persuade merchants to give us for free and bragging rights.

In keeping with the conference theme, the questions will be selected from MEEA's

WaterPollution Quizzes available on-line at http://www.meea.org/quizzes.shtml#waterpollution

There will be 5 questions from each Grade Band: Early Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School and High School.

Tie-breaker questions will be based on current environmental news.

Registration for the EnviroQuiz will be at the conference during sign in and at lunch immediately preceeding the quiz. If you are coming with a group of folks, plan on signing up as a team. If you would like to compete but don't have a team, don't worry, we will put teams together at the conference for folks who are on their own.

Again - it is a FUNdraiser - we are doing this to raise money and we want to have fun with it. Please join us!

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EE Slam

Presenters at the EE Slam have 3 minutes to present an idea, a technique, a project, a book, a website or a product. This is a dynamic verbal communication, no slides allowed, though props are encouraged. We wanted to wrap up a day of presentations with something that would get the energy back up and leave folks with some food for thought on their journeys home.



Registration is open - click here to register

Category Fee
Non-Member (includes $15 MEEA membership) $50
Renewing Member (includes $15 MEEA membership renewal)* $40
Current Member (membership is up-to-date) $25
Retiree or Student $20
60 Minute Presenter** $20
Vendors (includes 2 registrations and a table) $75
Awardees & Grant Recipients Free
A late fee of $10 will be added after September 30

* You must have renewed within the last year (August 2014) to be considered a renewing member. Check this list if you are unsure.

**This applies only to interactive session presenters, not to those with table talks, posters or participating in the EE Slam

Fees for the Enviro Quiz will be collected on site. Be sure to bring your $10 by cash or check to speed up collection!

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Eden Seminary - Spartan, but clean. A good deal!

Eden Seminary

MEEA has reserved a block of 10 rooms for Friday October 9 and Saturday October 10 at Eden Theologial Seminary.

The seminary is within a mile of The College School, where the conference will be held, and it offers accommodations at a very reasonable price for out of town visitors in its West Hall ->

Eden Seminary West Hall

Accommodations and Prices: The rooms are all suites with full size beds, kitchenettes, and private bathrooms.

Pillows, sheets, comforters and towels are supplied, but it is suggested that people bring an extra blanket if the weather is cool.

There are no dining facilites for breakfast. However, there are a number of restaurant within walking distance of the Eden Campus. A map and information on local restaurants is provided with each key.

Reservations: Reservations and fees are the responsiblity of the conference attendees. Eden Seminary accepts credit cards and checks. To make a reservation, email Lamar Fitzgerald at lfitzgerald@eden.edu

Registration: Keys can be picked up at the lock box at Schultz Hall using access code infomation provided by email. ->
Schultz Hall


Location and Map: 475 East Lockwood Avenue, St. Louis Missouri (at the intersection of Bompart and Lockwood in Webster Goves)Campus Map


Other Nearby Lodging

This information is provided as a courtesy, and is presented in no particular order. Room prices are approximate



MEEA Meeting

The Missouri Environmental Education Association will hold its annual business meeting at the end of the Conference. All attendees are invited to stay and find out what our plans are for 2016 and meet new and returning board members.


Friday Field Trip - Free!

October 9 – 1:00 pm to 5: 15 pm, meet at the College School

On Friday afternoon, the staff at The College School will lead a field trip to check out Washington University's Tyson Research Property, The College School's LaBarque property – including the stream they use for "Creek Connections", and the Claire Gempp Conservation Area used by the Lindbergh School District.

Email Jan Weaver to register. Space is limited! Registration closes Thursday October 8 at 5 pm


Friday Night Social Hour

October 9 – 6:00 to 7:00 pm, C.J. Mugg's in Webster Groves

Located in old Webster Groves at Lockwood and Gore (101 W. Lockwood) ) CJ's is a laid back family friendly bar and restaurant. If you are coming from out of town the night before, drop by and get a little flavor of the neighborhood. If you live in St. Louis stop in and meet some of the other conference attendees in a social setting. Just drop in!

Map it - http://www.cjmuggs.com/map_webster.htm

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