Maine Climate & Environmental Funders Network Fall Meeting

Tuesday, October 31, 2023 -
9:00am to 1:00pm EDT
The Smith Center for Education & Research at Wolfe's Neck Center
184 Burnett Rd, Freeport, ME
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Intersectional Approaches to Advancing Climate & the Environment in Maine

Maine Climate & Environmental Network's Fall Meeting

Please join us for the fall Maine Climate & Environmental Funders Network Convening. This session will bring climate, environment, and other funders together to explore the intersectionality. A presentation from Maine Environmental Education Association, Nature Based Education Consortium, and others will explore the recent findings from the 2022 Census of Community-Based Environmental Learning and how the previous census has been used to develop policy priorities and change the landscape of climate education in Maine. 

Hear network updates and connect with colleagues around your grantmaking and investments. There will also be time for a networking lunch from 12-1 with an option to stay or take away with you. 

There is a hybrid option for folks who cannot attend in person. Please register for a hybrid version here - a small meeting fee for the hybrid experience will help to support provided to presenting community based organizations. 

Your meeting fee offsets the cost for the venue, food, and donations to the presenting organizations. If you would like to attend in person, but cost is prohibitive, please reach out to Jeannette at

About the presenters
Maine Early Childhood Outdoors (ECO)

We are an inclusive statewide network made up of early childhood stakeholders: early childhood professionals from early care and education programs, elementary schools, community partners, higher education, and state offices and policymakers, as well as philanthropy and families with young children.

  • We connect the Maine early childhood community to each other with resources to support outdoor and nature-based learning experiences that prioritize the full scope of children’s development.
  • We work together to dismantle systemic barriers and amplify diverse voices to ensure all young children in Maine can learn, play, and grow outdoors and in connection with nature.
  • We inspire people to connect children to the outdoor environment in order to love, serve, and protect the earth.
Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA)

The Maine Environmental Education Association builds environmental awareness, accountability, and action by centering equity and advancing systemic change. MEEA envisions a Maine where interconnectedness with the natural world is the root of environmental and social responsibility of all individuals, institutions, and communities.

Maine Mathematics & Science Alliance (MMSA)

The Maine Math & Science Alliance (MMSA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that finds inspiring new ways to get people excited about science, technology, engineering and math today, so that our youth can become the innovators and workforce of tomorrow. MMSA supports educators to teach science, technology, engineering and math in more meaningful ways by:

  • Developing professional development experiences for K-12 educators
  • Conducting research and evaluation of STEM learning experiences
  • Building relationships and networks to sustain systemic statewide improvement
Nature Based Education Consortium (NBEC)

The Nature Based Education Consortium (NBEC) is a Maine-based collaborative network of outdoor learning leaders and stakeholders working together on systems-level efforts to ensure that every Maine youth has access to powerful outdoor learning experiences.

Teach ME Outside

The goal of Teach ME Outside is to support and work in partnership with Maine communities to ensure that all Maine youth have access to powerful, hands-on environmental learning opportunities. Building on the results of the 2019 Census of Community-Based Environmental Learning, this initiative focuses on reducing barriers and sharing creative community-designed solutions to increase schools and organizations’ ability to implement community-based environmental learning. This collaborative effort also increases opportunities for professional learning, data sharing, policy development, networking, and partnership support. 

Governor's Office of Policy Innovation & the Future

The Governor’s Office of the Policy Innovation and the Future (GOPIF) was created by Governor Janet Mills to collaborate across State agencies, stakeholders, and public to recommend innovative policy solutions for critical issues facing Maine. Our areas of focus include climate change, workforce development, housing, issues facing youth and older Maine people, the opioid crisis, and Maine's long-term economic prosperity.


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