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Missouri Environmental Education News

December 2017

Table of Contents - Feature Article, 2017 MEEA EE Awards, Recognition of Green Schools, Certificate Awardees and Sponsors, December Green Holidays Calendar, MEEA News, Grants and Awards, Conferences, Workshops, Missouri Events Calendars, Jobs

2017 Missouri Green Schools and Environmental Education Conference

Welcome at 2018 MOGSEE Conference

Jan Weaver Executive Director Jan Weaver shares hilights from the 2017 MO Green Schools and Environmental Education Conference in Kansas City

Hi-lights of Conference Responses to: What Worked? (we are planning changes to take care of the What didn't work? comments!)

And candid shots from some of our activities!

Weaver- Green Schools

Folks practice scoring a school nomination in Jan Weaver's pre-conference workshop on "Missouri Green Schools"

Friday Night Social at Lakeside

Conference attendees get a behind the scenes tour of Lakeside Nature Center at the Friday Night Social


Welcome to Conference

Susan Flowers, MEEA Board President, welcomes attendees to the conference


Randall Welcom to Zoo

Teresa Randall, Outreach Manager for KC Zoo, welcomes attendees to the Kansas City Zoo

Ratliff Keynote audience listens as Robyn Ratcliff, Executive Director of Wildwood Outdoor Education Center, shares lessons about connecting with underserved communities. One Take Away: Start with a need your community KNOWS they have (as opposed to one you think they have). In Robyn's case, parents needed something for their kids to do in the summer, so that was key to the promotion of the program.

Conference Footprint

Brendan Hellebusch out lines how to evaluate an environmental footprint in "Life Cycle Thinking"

Felicia Brazier and Emma Donnelly from the St. Louis Zoo demonstrate hands-on activities in "Nature Play Made Simple"


Lucy Herleth from Gateway Greening connects classroom expectations to garden exploration in "Seed to Stem"

Randall on Climate Change

Teresa Randall from the KC Zoo takes the temperature of the room on "Teaching Climate Change"


Petersen, Braun STEMitizing Your Curriculum

Liz Petersen and Joan Braun draw out examples of how to "STEMitize Your Curriculum"

Weaver- Certification

Jan Weaver finds out what people are looking for in "MEEA Certification"

Crystal Parsons and Cindy McManis reprise their presentation on "Beyond Nature Journals" during Table Talks

Parrett - MDC

Wendy Parrett shares Discover Nature Curricula from the Missouri Department of Conservation during Table Talks


Debby Barker shows how to use props in your programs during Table Talks


Lisa Thresher and Penny Harnell from EPA hand out information on EPA's new lessons website during Table Talks

Save the Date! 2018 Conference is Saturday November 3
Columbia MO

MEEA Environmental Education Awardees

Outstanding Service Award to an Individual - Rebecca Groebe

Rebecca Groebe Individual Award

Rebecca teaches science at Heritage and Liberty Middle Schools in the KC area. She sponsors the Biology, Environmental, and Canoe Clubs, Science Fair and Gateway to Engineering, and in the summer she volunteers at Martha Lafite Nature Sanctuary. This year, her students swept the MDC Discover Nature Science Fair awards, winning 1st place for creating a bird app for visitors to the sanctuary. She also coordinated a 4 hour PBL on Nature Unhooked for Conservation Education Consultants and shared another PBL on Ecological Restoration at the KC STEM Fest. Her teaching is the kind of hands-on learning that will ensure students are 21st century problem solvers - Wendy Parrett, Missouri Department of Conservation

Outstanding Service Award to an Organization, Agency or Business - Lara Isch and Kate Delehunt accept on behalf of KC Water

KC Water

 KC Water, the Water Services Department for the City of Kansas City, has made a commitment to a “One Water” approach to managing Kansas City’s water resources, housing the drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities in the same organization.  KC Water provides education programs for all ages, but has a particular focus on 4th-6th Grade with its "Journey of Stormwater" curriculum. Through 5 days of interactive and fun lessons students learn how precipitation moves through a watershed, how runoff is contaminated, and how best management practices improve the quality of and reduce the quantity of stormwater. To date KC Water has reached over 3000 students - Lara Isch, KC Water


Outstanding Service Award to a Community-Based or Local Grassroots Organization - Patrice Gonzalez accepts on behalf of KC Green Works

Rachel Gonzalez
Green Works seeks to improve education and career opportunities for inner-city high school students through a focus on understanding and caring for the environment. Core programs include a 1st year environmental education program, ECOS, and a 2nd year workforce development program, Excelerate, followed by paid summer internships. Students can also choose to participate in the Green Ink alumni group and learn business and entrepreneurial skills through additional elective program. ECOS has been show to improve students' knowledge of issues and their capacity to effect change, helping improve environmental conditions by educating their communities As a former student said:  “One person can change things.  I believe that now.  Really!  I didn’t think that before this year, but now I know it’s true because we’ve made a difference in class.” - Wendy Parret, Missouri Department of Conservation


Outstanding Service Award to a Student Group - Park Hill Plaza Middle School Green Team, Teacher Tiffany Peeler (on the left)

Park Hill Plaza Middle School

The PHPMS Green Team learns about environmental issues through Missouri State Parks programs, writes, directs and edits energy conservation PSAs, provide a Thursday broadcast that reaches 1000 students and staff with information on enviornmental issues, partnered with an Eagle Scout to creat an outdoor classroom, run Waste-less Wednesday rewarding students who bring a lunch with everything reusable or recyclable, handle all the school recycling, and ask local businesses to pledge to make Green changes - Matt Carletti, Weston Bend State Parks and Kendra Varns, KC Area Missouri State Parks


Outstanding Lifetime Service Award to an Individual - Debby Barker

Debby Barker

“Debby is remarkable” is a common sentiment from a wide variety of environmental educators. She always says yes, even when she has something already on her calendar because she will find another volunteer to assist and ensure all program needs are fulfilled. She has contributed at least 1000 hours per year, and over 15,000 hours total with Friends of Lakeside since 2003. She was in the first Kansas City Master Naturalist class in 2006. Thus far she has recorded 5,125 hours as a Master Naturalist to over 12 organizations, including Lakeside, Kemper Outdoor Center, MU Extension, and the Department of Conservation. Every year, Debby is in the top category of recognition, even though everyone agrees, she does not record all her hours. Debby also sees the big picture. She attends KCEEN – Kansas City Environmental Education Network – meetings, representing both Lakeside and Kemper, as well as community events like STEM Fest and STEM in the Gym events at local schools, librairies and reading fairs - Wendy Parrett, Missouri Department of Conservation


Missouri Green Schools and Environmental Educator Certification

Keysor Elementary

Troy Hogg and Traci Jansen accept a Missouri Green Ribbon Schools Certificate for Keysor Elementary

Ray Miller Elementary

Rebecca Elder accepts a Missouri Green Ribbon Schools Certificat for Ray Miller Elementary

Stilwell - Certificate

Geoffrey Stillwell accepts Level I and II MEEA Environmental Educator Certificates

Petersen - Certificate

Liz Petersen accepts her Level I MEEA Environmental Educator Certificate


Thanks again to our sponsors!

KC Zoo meea logo O'Reilly Family Foundation Bass Pro Mid America Regional Council Logo



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

2018 MOGSEE Conference

Save the Date! Saturday November 3, 2018 in Columbia MO. More info next month!


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Coming Up in the Next Month or So ...

Be sure and check out the webinars, they count for Certification too!

EE Jobs more info here


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