Making a Difference: What MEEA is Doing Today
Dedicated to developing an environmentally responsible citizenry in Missouri since 1996.
Show-Me Green Schools
The Missouri Green Schools program helps our schools track progress and earn recognition for achievements in health, sustainability, and learning. This pathway to state and national recognition is jointly administered by MEEA and the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter.
MEEA provides a structured pathway to professional certification in the environmental education field. Our certification program ensures you have the knowledge, understanding, and skills to be an effective voice for the environment.
Environmental Literacy Advisory Board
MEEA coordinates two meetings per year to foster collaboration and support state-wide EE initiatives. Representatives from state agencies, schools, non-profits, universities, and businesses come together, lending their expertise to grow strategic large-scale projects.
We believe coming together to share ideas, expertise, challenges, and success stories is a great way to grow. MEEA has hosted an annual EE conference since 1996, and joined the Sustainability Institute for Educators collaborative team in 2019.
Keeping our wide-spread members connected is important! Our content-rich monthly newsletter is filled with upcoming events, timely advice, and unique opportunities from across the state.
Environmental Educator Mini-Grant
Sometimes a little help goes a long way. We annually award six grants of $250 each to purchase materials or supplies for advancing environmental or sustainability education.
More about MEEA
MEEA is a professional membership organization for people who do environmental education and people who care about environmental education. Members include pre-school and classroom teachers, agency professionals, staff from non-profits that do environmental work and businesses with environmental products and services. MEEA hasmembers in every region of the state.
MEEA publishes a monthly newsletter with seasonally appropriate environmental themes, grant deadlines, professional development opportunities, events, education resources that tie into the theme, EE jobs, and – most months – a specially produced MEEA EE resource.
MEEA awards six $250 competitive grants to its Professional members every year. Projects range from bird cams in urban areas to life vests for river programs to seeds and tools for school garden programs.
MEEA organizes an annual conference for all educators to present and learn about innovative environmental education lessons, programs and techniques. The conference rotates around the state from St. Louis, to Springfield to Kansas City to Columbia.
MEEA developed and makes available a set of Environmental Literacy Assessments for educators to use to plan lessons, assess learning or just for fun. There are 1200+ questions over ten topics at four grade bands. The questions can be downloaded as spreadsheets for studying, documents for creating your own quiz, accessed as online quizzes or printed out as Earth Quest, a game of environmental knowledge for all ages.
MEEA organizes a twice a year meeting for the Missouri Environmental Literacy Advisory Board, or MELAB. MELAB is a group of groups that tackles state-level environmental education projects. Its upcoming projects include creating a Missouri Green Schools program, marking out a pathway to environmental careers for students, and supporting the spread of gateway stewardship activities.