Over the years JEFFERS FOUNDATION has been pleased to partner with the MAEE Minnesota Association for Environmental Education. JEFFERS has helped sponsor the annual meeting, provided presenters for workshops and a few years ago helped to establish the MAEE Environmental Educator Awards Program. We at JEFFERS are proud to recognize awardees of the MAEE Environmental Educator Awards for 2014:
Jim Rue - Lifetime Achievement
Jim is a Special Education teacher at Belwin Outdoor Science, a St. Paul school located near Afton, MN.
Tim Chase - Formal Educator of the Year
Tim is a teacher in the Murray Middle School in St. Paul and makes regular use of the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom.
Bryan Wood - Non-Formal Educator of the Year
Bryan is the Excutive Director of the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Sandstone, MN where he oversees a fabulous RELC.
JEFFERS is delighted to congratulate this Year's award recipients and wishes to thank them for their untiring and imaginative efforts to foster Environmental Stewardship through Education. See more at: http://www.minnesotaee.org/.
School Garden Grants
Fifteen Minnesota schools from Audubon in the northwest to Winona in the southeast were awarded $500 "seed" grants to help them "plant" school gardens. These gardens will serve a population of more than 6500 Minnesota students.
The grants came about as a result of a year-long effort by Jeffers to identify and publish exemplary school garden practices all around the state and encourage other schools to start school gardens. Check out the School Gardens pages for lots of exciting details.
The grants were awarded to the following schools:
Lake Park Audubon
North Park Elem
Sun Rise River
Weaver Lake Elem