|Observer 2011: MEES Conference Highlights|
|Written by observer coordinator|
|Saturday, 09 April 2011|
On Wednesday March 2, one hundred and eighty eight friends of Environmental Education gathered at the College of the Holy Cross, Hogan Campus Center, Worcester, MA to take course in Navigating MA Environmental Education: Mountains to Marine. Some gathered new fresh techniques to bring back to classrooms or out in the field while others made connections for future employment. The MEES conference is an annual day of networking, sharing ideas and meeting new and old acquaintances that some may only meet once a year. 2011 is special year for Environmental Educators in MA! We will enjoy a second conference here in Massachusetts, as MEES is sponsoring the 2011 New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA) Conference in Charlton, MA. On October 21-23 2011, we will be Navigating New England Environmental Education: Charting a Course to an Environmentally Literate Future.
Thank you to all who presented, exhibited, and attended the MEES Conference! Read on for reflection and a sneak peek of good things to come in October.
Many have said the MEES conference is a sure sign of spring. I have to agree that spring has been on my mind the past few years as I drive to Holy Cross; my eyes are drawn to the swollen crimson buds of the red maples along the highway, with maple sugaring season on my mind. Just as the promising drip of sap from the spile reminds us that spring is awakening, the reenergizing at the MEES conference renews and inspires us. Now that April is here, we can look forward to leaf- out season! Get in tune with the change of the seasons by simply observing and recording the size of buds until they reach “leaf- out”, or the size of a quarter. Share this activity with your students or program attendees and make a phenology map for a sense of the immediate area in relation to surrounding outreaching climates. Click here to read more.
Just connecting with friends and colleagues seems to replenish my well. I always leave the conference cheery. I also always appreciate the plethora of workshops; sometimes it is quite challenging to decide between workshops. For example, Aimee Gelinas, no matter what she presents on is dynamo! This year it was "Foraging our fields and forests for food, art and function!" But then at the same time, after years of requesting Brad Glass to return, he did - but workshop was a same time at Aimee's. Okay, for one year I won't go to Aimee's only because I felt I really needed the work Brad was offering in "A Consciousness of Possibility - What Nature Teaches Us about Living Authentically". Oh then more pain, I wanted to attend Erica Wheeler's "The Soulful Landscape: Uncovering Stories of Place and Belonging" but I have several times before and LOVE it so I felt it would good (and WOW was it!) to attend Beth Short's "The Ecological Footprint of a School- Challenges and Triumphs". So see, tough decisions. But then I knew I really couldn't go wrong AND I can only hope that these same folks will present at the upcoming NEEEA Conference in October . Click here to read more.
The Massachusetts Environmental Education Society (MEES) proudly presents the 45th annual New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA) Conference:
Navigating New England Environmental Education: Charting a Course to an Environmentally Literate Future
October 21 – 23, 2011
Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton, MA.
Join us for an exploratory weekend of learning and fun, featuring
Keynote speaker Julian Agyeman, and world music entertainment by Gaia
Roots . We hope to see you there!!
For more information, go to: www.neeea.org
Every year, Envirothon teams representing schools and community organizations across Massachusetts prepare for a statewide event in May that tests their knowledge of forest, wildlife, water, and soil resources and of current environmental issues.
This year the Envirothon will take place at Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle on May 12, 2011.
Envirothon competition day caps off high school students’ year-long
exploration of environment, advocacy, and community. This is THE day to
celebrate the students’ work and accomplishments and to welcome them
into the environmental community of Massachusetts. The 2011 Current
Issue that each team of students is researching in their towns is
"Wetlands Protection." Please consider volunteering for the Envirothon
competition day this year.
Celebrate Earth Day!
Blackstone River Watershed Association Clean-Up April 16
Park Serve Day April 16
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