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Missouri Environmental Education News
January 2018

Happy New Year from MEEA's Board!

Flowers Petersen Lacy Schulte
Hammond Johnson Li MEEA Board Members - Susan Flowers, Elizabeth Petersen, Linda Lacy, Kristen Schulte, Carrie Hammond, Melvin Johnson, Christine Li (not pictured - Phyllis Balcerzak)

Table of Contents:MEEA Highlights of 2017, MEEA Nominations, Things to Look Out for in January, Missouri Green Schools Resources, MEEA News, Grants, Contests and Awards, Conferences, Workshops, Jobs, January Special: A 2018 Green Holidays Calendar

MEEA Highlights of 2017

MELAB Attendees December 2017 December 2017 MELAB Meeting at Runge Nature Center

MELAB - MEEA worked with 22 other organizations to build EE capacity in Missouri. At our Missouri Environmental Literacy Advisory Board meetings we are shaping the Missouri Green Schools program, creating a Careers Pathways road map for Missouri youth, and figuring out how to discover outstanding examples of Stewardship in communities throughout the state thanks to: MU School of Natural Resources, MO State Parks, Springfield Master Naturalists, Prairie Forks Conservation Area, St. Louis Science Center, MO Recycling Association, MO Healthy Food Americorps, Springfield Environmental Services, MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri Department of Conservation, MO Botanical Garden, Kansas City Public Schools, Mid-America Regional Council, Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School, Rain Tree School, Code Green, Missouri Prairie Foundation, Grow Native, Tyson Research Institute, US Green Building Council, St. Louis University High School, and CFM's Conservation Leadership Corps. Check out MELAB here.


Missouri Missouri Collegiate Conservation Alliance members attend Conservation Day at the Capitol. They are one of MEEA's 2017 grant recipients

Grants - MEEA awarded $250 grants for each of 5 EE projects. The Washington University student group, VERDE (Volunteers for Environmental Restoration, Development and Education) will provide field trips to Earth Dance Farms and Urban Harvest STL for the teachers they are partnering with in St. Louis schools. Phelps Center for Gifted Children in Springfield will take their students to a Landfill, a Wastewater Treatment Plant and Springfield Underground. Macon Parents as Teachers will present on recycling, growing and preparing food, stewardship in nature and other topics at their monthly meetings with high-risk families. Delaware Elementary in Springfield will provide a five-week program on wildlife and habitat for students in the after-school program. The Missouri Collegiate Conservation Alliance will train students to raise awareness of conservation issues at four colleges across Missouri. Find out more about MEEA's Environmental Educator Grants here.

Certification - MEEA had 7 educators apply for, complete Level I, complete Level II, or renew their Environmental Educator Certification this year. We received applications from Beyza Bajraktari, Marti Bicknesse, Kevin Mouser, and Warren Simon; Elizabeth Petersen completed Level I, Geoffrey Stillwell completed Level II and Carey Scherder renewed her certification. Find out more about Certification here.

2017 MOGSEE Conference Presenters share resources at the 2017 MO Green Schools and Environmental Education Conference

Conference - MEEA hosted over 20 at the MO Green Schools and Environmental Education Conference. Topics included food waste, Stormwater, props for presentations, healthy schools, green schools, STEM and Sustainabilty, Discover Nature Shools, climate change in the classroom, certification, seeds, children's nature play, kids nature programs, journaling composting, socio-scientific issues for environmental literacy and more. And we completed our first ever sustainability audit to better understand how we can reduce the conference carbon footprint in the future. Learn more about the conference here.

Green Schools Video The Missouri Green Schools Program launches with nine schools.

Missouri Green Schools - MEEA had 9 schools participate in nominations for U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Awards. Three schools were recognized as National Green Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education- McKelvey Elementary School, Maplewood- Richmond Heights Elementary School and Parkway North High School. Learn more about Missouri Green Schools here.

MO River Relief 2017 River Academy Executive Director Jan Weaver coaches MO River Relief Academy students on their Action Projects

Presentations - MEEA presented at 7 conferences and workshops! Our presentations included: Tracking Math in the Wild, A River Runs through Math and Science, Action Projects on the Missouri River, Missouri River Lesson Planning, Tracking Math in the Wild II, Missouri Green Schools, Environmental Educator Certification and Environmental Health. Learn more about Tracking Math in the Wild here.

Members - MEEA added 116 new members for a total of 416 members. Check out membership here.

Newsletters - MEEA published 12 monthly newsletters listing 79 grant opportunities, over 100 professional development opportunities and dozens of EE related jobs in Missouri. Features covered Missouri River Education, the role of the EPA, and Teaching Climate Change. Check out past newsletters here

2017 MEEA Awardees MEEA's 2017 Awardees were recognized at the annual conference. From the left, KC Water's Kate Delehunt and Lara Isch, Debbie Barker, Rebecca Groebe and KC Greenworks' Patrice Gonzalez.

Awards - MEEA recognized 5 educators and organizations doing outstanding work in Missouri. Rebecca Groebe, whose Middle School team bird recognition app won MDC's Science Fair Award, received our Individual Award. KC Water, which created a "Journey of Stormwater" curriculum for 4th and 6th grade, won our Organization/Agency Award. KC Greenworks, which prepares at-risk youth for environmental careers, won our Grassroots Award. The Park Hill Plaza Middle School Green Team, which created Waste-less Wednesdays at their school won our Student Award. And the Lifetime Service Award went to Debbie Barker who volunteered over 5000 hours as a Master Naturalist volunteer for 12 organizations in the KC area. Read more about these folks here

Outreach - MEEA connected in person with at least 345 educators by tabling and presenting at conferences. Online we averaged 500 visits per month on our website, 183 on Twitter and 901 on Facebook, all together at least 1929 "touches". If only 10% of these "touches" uses our EE resources effectively with at least 15 other people, that is 2893 more children, youth and adults who are more likely to care about, understand, and act for their environment. Check out our Facebook page here and our Twitter feed here.


MEEA Board Positions open for Nomination!

Nominations/Applications are due January 15 (note new date!). All MEEA members are eligible for the following positions:

The Board seeks diverse representation from every gender, race, ethnic group, economic status and geographic region of the state.

Roles and Responsibilities for each position can be found on MEEA's Governance page and in the ByLaws…/board-documents/MEEABylaws2012.09.18.pdf

Nominate yourself or a MEEA member by completing the 2018 MEEA Board Nomination - Application Form found at

Submit completed nominations to MEEA President-elect/Secretary, Linda Lacy, at no later than Jan. 15.



Things to Look for (or Look Out for) in January

Check out all the 2018 Green Holidays.

Missouri Green Schools Resources

USDA Farm to School Planning Toolkit - An 11-part webinar that walks through the steps involved in setting up a farm to school program -

MO Department of Health and Senior Services Culinary Skills Institute - Free hands-on culinary lab experiences for school food service personnel interested in learning and applying new food preparation skills in their districts. Upcoming trainings Feb 20-22, Hickory County and March 20-22, Kansas City -


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Coming Up in the Next Two Months

(These count for Environmental Educator Certification categories 1, 2 or 3. Visit the EE Certification page here)

EE Jobs more info here

Executive Director, Stream Teams United


2018 Green Holidays Calendar

Over 60 holidays related to public health, wildlife, renewable energy and critical habitats - January to December - with links to resources for each. Download the pdf. To print it out, use a 8.5 x 14 piece of paper.

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