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Midwest Environmental Education Conference: Exploring Community: Land, Water, People

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Midwest Environmental Education Conference: Exploring Community: Land, Water, People

July 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am - July 29, 2021 @ 12:00 pm


The Iowa Conservation Education Coalition is excited to welcome educators from across the Midwest to beautiful Decorah, Iowa, for the 2021 Midwest Environmental Education Conference!

This year’s theme centers around ideas of re-defining community to include all land, water, and people, and building healthy, resilient, vibrant communities for all, and we hope to spark conversations about what environmental education is, who it serves, and how it is presented.

The conference has more than 60 concurrent and field sessions over three days, pre-conference sessions available, and evening activities on Monday, Tuesday, AND Wednesday. MEEC concurrent sessions encompass many different formats, timeframes, topics, and locations, but they all EXPLORE community.

What better way to kick-off your MEEC conference than with a Monday evening welcome reception on the patio at world-famous Toppling Goliath Brewing Company? Conference sponsor Visit Decorah will be on hand to share their tips, tricks, and “must-sees” for making the most of your time in Decorah (or to inspire you to return to northeast Iowa!). That is, if you can break away from listening to Iowa City singer/songwriter Dave Zollo.

You won’t want to miss Robin Wall Kimmerer as the virtual keynote speaker on Tuesday evening. It was known from the beginning that Robin Wall Kimmerer would be a perfect match for this year’s central question of how community can be re-defined to include all land, water, and people and built healthy, resilient, and vibrant communities for all. Robin Wall Kimmerer virtual keynote is possible thanks to the generous support of BeWildReWild.

The final evening together will be at the Decorah Fish Hatchery where there will be a catered picnic, live music from Joe and Vicki Price, and a vendor fair.

ICEC is thrilled to highlight the work of environmental educators from across the Midwest through more than 60 concurrent sessions; and to showcase the unique natural resources of the Driftless Region of northeast Iowa and Decorah.

Iowa teachers can receive 1 recertification credit through Keystone AEA. The conference is a great opportunity for teachers in life and environmental science, social studies, agriculture, STEM and more.

While COVID-19 certainly disrupted our initial conference plans, our team has emerged with creative, engaging, and fun solutions to COVID challenges, and we can’t wait to share them with you. On behalf of the many working behind the scenes to bring MEEC to life, we hope to see you at MEEC!

Early bird registration ends June 13th. Registration will be open until July 2. Register here.


July 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am
July 29, 2021 @ 12:00 pm


Iowa Conservation Education Coalition
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