Call For Presenters
The Minnesota Association for Environmental Education is proud to host the 2019 Midwest Environmental Education Conference. This year’s conference theme “Access Nature: Promoting Inclusion and Diversity in Environmental Education” will explore barriers that prevent educators and learners from accessing natural areas and having valuable learning experiences in the outdoors. We will focus on ways to promote access to natural spaces for everyone, regardless of physical ability, race, gender identity, age, geography, access to transportation, or socioeconomic status. What prevents people from getting outdoors? What stands in the way of teachers bringing environmental education into their classrooms? How can we be culturally competent when attempting to inspire diverse audiences to explore and value natural spaces? How can we recruit a diverse population of environmental educators? These are just a few of the questions you can expect to explore through workshops, field trips, and discussion sessions.
We selected our conference site, the Science Museum of Minnesota, with the theme of access in mind. The wheelchair accessible museum is located in a dense urban area with easy access via public transportation. The Mississippi River is just steps from the conference, providing just one of many opportunities for nature exploration, even in an urban center.
Presenter Selection Criteria
We invite you to participate by submitting a proposal for a session that provides helpful information, program models and/or resources for helping participants, organizations and audiences in a way that is relevant to the conference theme of “Access Nature”. You can interpret this theme broadly. We hope to draw a diverse audience and inspire educators to promote inclusion and diversity in environmental education. Presenters are encouraged to be creative, active, and engaging. People of color, people with varying abilities, and LGBTQ individuals strongly encouraged to submit a proposal.
Things to know: Longer format workshops (approximately 3 hours) will take place on Friday, October 4th. One-hour break out sessions will be presented on Saturday, October 5th. Expected attendance for each session/workshop is about 20-30 people. Please indicate if you are only available to present on a certain date of the conference.
Guidelines for Submission
Email the following information to email@example.com with “MEEC Presentation Proposal” in the subject line.
- Title of your presentation
- The topic of your session or workshop
- Short paragraph describing how the topic relates to the themes of access, inclusion, and diversity.
- Amount of time needed for your presentation (either one or three hours, approximately)
- Any special accommodations you need (outdoor access, AV equipment, etc)
Submissions accepted February 1st through March 31st.
Presenters at MEEC 2019 who are planning to participate in the conference, other than their presentation, can register for a discounted rate. A discount code will be given out at a later date.