History of the Consortium

The Midwest Environmental Education Conference supporting organizations held their first meeting in 1962. Originally, eight states’ organizations supported this conference – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

State organizations from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin signed a memorandum of understanding in 2004 to loosely organize as a steering committee of a rotating, hosted professional development conference.

In July 2020, the four-state groups updated the memorandum of understanding to broaden this group to support professional development on a regional basis. The Midwest Environmental Education Consortium was formed. The Midwest Environmental Education Conference still rotates between the four states as host, but the group is also going to pursue other learning opportunities that can be shared among the organizations.