MEEA Annual Conference
Since our inception in 1996, MEEA has hosted an annual conference, rotating location each year between Springfield, Kansas City, Columbia, and St. Louis. At this fall gathering educators and EE supporters learn from their colleagues in the field, engage in hands-on workshops to put theory into practice, and network with people from across our state.
In 2020, we have two “firsts” – Our first on-line “virtual” conference and our first co-conference with our western neighbors, the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education.
Sustainability Institute for Educators
Located in St. Louis each June, the SIE is a 3-day immersive institute for teachers and administrators to dive deep into teaching for sustainability.
MEEA became a co-host in 2019, joining in the collaboration with Webster University, School of Education; EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden; St. Louis County Public Health Department; US Green Building Council–Missouri Gateway Chapter; Saint Louis Zoo, Education Division; and Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School.
MEEA 2020 Conference
We are collaborating with the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education to co-host a fun and interactive virtual conference featuring speakers from both Kansas and Missouri as well as two inspiring and nationally known keynote speakers. Strand topics: EE in the Classroom, Green Schools, Justice/Equity/Diversity/Inclusion in EE, EE in the Community, Early Childhood, and EE in the Time of COVID-19.
The conference will be held Monday, November 2 through Saturday, November 7, largely in the afternoon and evening, with several options for engagement including live and pre-recorded sessions as well as a social hour, exhibitor hall, and a silent auction. All sessions will be recorded and available to registrants after the conference ends.
Two of the most inspiring voices in EE
– North American Association for Environmental Education Executive Director
Judy Braus brings to her role as NAAEE Executive Director a wealth of experience in the environmental education profession, with a focus on conservation education, diversity and inclusion, and using the power of education to help create healthier communities that empower local communities, stakeholders, and individuals to help restore and protect the environment. Prior to her time at NAAEE, she was with the National Audubon Society as the Senior Vice President of Education and Centers, overseeing an extensive nationwide network of nature centers and educators. Prior to that, she led the education programs at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the U.S. Peace Corps, and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).
Her notable achievements include the creation and implementation of TogetherGreen—a $20-million alliance between Audubon and Toyota to build leadership, engage more people in conservation, and promote diversity and inclusion in conservation. As the Director of TogetherGreen for five years, she worked with Audubon and Toyota to create a program that has engaged hundreds of thousands of people nationwide through a national fellowship program, a grants program, and a community-based volunteering initiative. At Audubon, she also spearheaded the development of a planning guide called “The Tools of Engagement: A Toolkit for Engaging People in Conservation,” in collaboration with the U.S. EPA-funded Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Braus also developed and implemented well-known and widely used curricular and educational materials while at WWF and NWF: “Windows on the Wild” at WWF, and “NatureScope” at NWF. While at Peace Corps, Braus co-authored “Environmental Education in the Schools: Creating a Program that Works,” which is used in dozens of countries around the world.
Additionally, Braus is a proven fundraiser, working with foundations, corporations, government, and individual donors to raise more than $35 million for education and conservation. She is committed to strong partnerships and has negotiated and implemented lasting relationships with organizations including Toyota Motor North America, REI, National Geographic, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Eastman Kodak, and Aardman Animations, among others.
Parker McMullan Bushman
– Colorado State University Extension Director, Ecoinclusive Founder
Parker McMullen Bushman is the Colorado State University Director of Extension for the City and County of Denver. Her background in the education, conservation, outdoor recreation, and interpretive fields spans over 23+ years. She has a passion for equity and inclusion in conservation and the outdoors. Her interest in justice, accessibility, and equity issues developed from her personal experiences facing the unequal representation of people of color in nonprofit and environmental organizations. Parker tackles these complex issues by addressing them through head on activism and education. In Colorado she works with environmental organizations to aid them in building a culturally diverse and culturally competent organizations that are representative of the populations that they hope to reach and serve.
Parker brings this focus on inclusion to her work at Denver Extension, as she works cooperatively to collaborate with communities in research-based programming that is attuned to Denver and enhanced by partners, and campus- and community-based expertise and resources. Parker believes in the importance of community-based environmental education programs to empower local community members to take an active role in sustainable development of their communities while protecting their environmental resources.
Parker is a member of several committees that focus on diversity in environmental fields as well as a presenter and trainer on diversity issues. She sits on the board of Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, Metro Denver Nature Alliance, the Next 100 Coalition and the National Association for Interpretation. Parker is a Certified Interpretive Guide and Certified Interpretive Trainer.
In addition to Parker’s role at Colorado State University Extension she is also the Founder of an DEI Consulting Firm called Ecoinclusive ,the creator of KWEEN werk , and the Co-founder of Inclusive Journeys.
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