The Mojave Environmental Education Consortium (MEEC)
The mission of the Mojave Environmental Education Consortium (MEEC) is to improve the environmental literacy of students, teachers and the community of the Mojave Desert region by actively providing quality educational resources.
MEEC was founded in 2001 and is the High Desert zone of the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network, a project of the California Department of Education. MEEC is headquartered at the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District in Victorville, which also serves as the organization’s lead/founding agency. MEEC’s programs are 100% funded through sponsorships of different levels provided by 40-plus businesses and agencies. MEEC was granted its 501(C) (3) status in 2006.
MEEC provides a variety of FREE services and programs to educators, including, but not limited to:
Two environmental Resource Libraries where teachers can check out standards-based classroom materials; "EnviroBus Buck" transportation grants, which fund school field trips to environmentally-relevant sites;
At least fifteen environmental teacher workshops a year;
An annual MEEC Teacher and Students of the Year awards program;
Up to five environmental essay contests per year;
Classroom presentations and environmental science demonstrations;
Participation at middle and high school Career events promoting “green jobs” and green technology in our schools;
High School Environmental Science/Engineering scholarships awarded to five qualifying graduating seniors going on to study in environmental science(s), engineering, and related fields;
An annual scholarship competition for teachers to attend the Keystone Center, a national teacher training institute located in Colorado;
An annual Youth Environmental Leadership STEM Conference (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for more than 300 students and educators;
Participation in local science fairs to select winners of the "Outstanding Environmental Science Project" Award;
A quarterly newsletter for educators;
An environmental education resource website at www.meeconline.com
, and assistance locating providers/resources on almost any environmental education topics through a Speakers/Mentors Bureau, which provides classroom speakers, job shadow hosts and senior project mentors.
MEEC also hosts an annual “Solar Cook-Off” Competition where teams of students in grades 4-12 design and build a working solar oven as well as develop a recipe.
MEEC programs also include the Piute Ponds Desert Lab Project, under which standards-based watershed curriculum and an educational website was developed using the Edwards Air Force Base wetlands as the learning centerpiece. All-encompassing kits are provided for hands-on activities and learning at this place-based site.
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2014 Teacher of the Year Nominations Wanted!
MEEC is seeking nominations for the 2014 Teacher of the Year!
2014 Student of the Year Nominations Wanted!
MEEC is seeking nominations for up to 10 Outstanding Students of the Year!
2014 Environmental High School Scholarships Available
Five qualifying graduating students going on to pursue a career in environmental Science/Engineering or related field can apply for a $2,000 scholarship!
MEEC Winter 2014 Newsletter
See the latest news on how MEEC is providing high quality workshops, essay contests, transportation grants and more to our High Desert educators and students.
2006 Environmental Teacher of the Year, Media Release
2005 Environmental Teacher of the Year