Updates & Opportunities


Updates & Opportunities Archive

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Cynthia Krieg Watershed Stewardship Fund - $100,000 available


The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District seeks grant proposals for the Cynthia Krieg Watershed Stewardship Fund. $100,000 is available for projects within the District that create public awareness and education about water stewardship and that use innovative methods to improve water quality. The Grant is available to cities, schools, churches, lake associations, neighborhood associations, local businesses and other community groups within the watershed.

Applications for pre-proposals can be submitted any time between now and Wednesday, September 29, 2010. Full proposals are due by Wednesday, October 20, 2010. Information, past grant winners and proposal applications available online.

Proposals can be sent to Julie Westerlund or call 952-471-0590 x209 for more information.



Call for Presentations

The Minnesota Association for Environmental Education (MAEE) is proud to host the 2011 Midwest Environmental Education Conference (MEEC), Environmental education: Naturally healthy, in Rochester, Minnesota April 7-9, 2011.

Our conference theme, Environmental education: Naturally healthy, was chosen to highlight environmental education's role in fostering the benefits of human and environmental health. We will consider how these benefits can shape the way we communicate about and approach our work in a world that is changing rapidly and facing complicated environmental problems.

Five strands will focus our thinking about these topics: Environment, People, Schools, Organizations, and Current Research. Through concurrent sessions, workshops, and keynote presentations, we will engage and inspire EE professionals to consider how their work can contribute to human and environmental health.

Proposals must be submitted by email or postmarked by October 20, 2010, to be considered.

Visit the MAEE website for more information on the 2011 MEEC Conference.



Metro State University course on Early Childhood Nature Education

"Selected Topics in Early Childhood: Nature Education" is being offered through Metropolitan State University. This course will introduce nature education as a concept and offer students the opportunity to reflect on the role nature education plays in their practice. Students will identify, examine and discuss research, issues, and current trends around nature education for children, particularly in the early childhood years. (Course ID# 000949)

When: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:20 pm, August 25 though Dec. 1
Where: St. Paul
Instructor: Patricia Born Selly



Connecting Children & Nature Conference

Simple steps can create a mass movement to reconnect young children with nature. Learn & discuss how interactions in nature can improve health and wellness of every young child. Featuring keynote by Cheryl Charles, co-founder of Children & Nature Network.

When: September 29, 2010
Where: University of Minnesota, Crookston Campus
To Register: Click here!



National Science Teachers Association's Institute for Science

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will be hosting an Institute for Science, focusing on professional learning communities (PLT) for science teaching. Science educators, teachers, administrators and individuals are welcome to participate in a combination of plenary and break-out sessions that will include a diversity of PLC learning opportunities.

When: October 7th - 9th
Where: Bloomington, MN
To Register: contact plcinstitute@nsta.org or call Damaries Blondonville at 703-312-9206

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation Grants

K-12 teachers are invited to apply for grants up to $1,500 to implement environmental curricula, such as PLT, that integrate hands-on ecology exercises into the classroom. To facilitate learning and student empowerment, environmental curricula should be holistic and strive to synthesize multiple levels of learning (facts, concepts, and principles), including experiential integrated learning and problem solving.

Visit the Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation website for more information and proposal submission details.

Deadline: September 20