The Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) serves as the statewide network and advocate for professionals who are promoting environmental literacy in Michigan. Members come from all fields of environmental and outdoor education and represent both formal and nonformal settings – from camps to government agencies to schools and universities, and serve all ages from pre-K to adult.
Environmentally literate citizens are knowledgeable of Michigan’s natural resources, the principles and systems that govern the natural world, and how human actions affect that natural world. They are able to use their knowledge to identify and address environmental issues. They are actively working, both individually and collectively, toward environmental stewardship and healthy lifestyles. MAEOE’s objective is to promote environmental literacy in all of Michigan’s residents through education and opportunities.
MAEOE is a non-profit, 501c3, membership-based organization led by a volunteer Board of Directors.
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MAEOE promotes and shares best practices, methodologies and assessment in environmental and outdoor education, shares and provides professional opportunities, and takes a leadership role in state-wide initiatives through:
- Coordinating and promoting EE and OE professional development workshops, including Project WILD and Project Learning Tree trainings and our Urban Teachers Initiatives
- Hosting an annual state-wide conference with trainings, workshops and networking
- Maintaining a website, listserv and Facebook page featuring resources, events and programs
- Producing the MAEOEgram newsletter several times a year to share resources and advance the skill of educators
- Recognizing excellence in the field of outdoor and environmental education through our annual awards program
- Supporting the Michigan No Child Left Inside Initiative
- Helping to develop and continuing to support the Michigan Environmental Literacy Plan
- Leading the process toward developing a formal certification process for Michigan’s environmental educators