Mission: The mission of the Mojave Environmental Education Consortium (MEEC) is to improve the environmental literacy of students, teachers and the community of the Mojave Desert region by actively providing quality educational resources. MEEC was founded in 2001 and is the High Desert zone of the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network, a project of the California Department of Education. MEEC is headquartered at the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District in Victorville, which also serves as the organization’s lead/founding agency. MEEC’s programs are 100% funded through sponsorships of different levels provided by 40-plus businesses and agencies. MEEC was granted its 501(C) (3) status in 2006.
Results: More than 6,500 students have benefited from MEEC funded field trips to environmentally-relevant field trips; over 700 teachers have participated in free environmental educator workshops and thousands of free educator kits and curriculum have been distributed to more than 200 schools throughout the High Desert
Target demographics: Educators and students grades K-12
Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,000+
Geographic areas served: MEEC’s boundaries consist of the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County, the Palo Verde Valley of Riverside County and the High Desert region of North Los Angeles County, including the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale.
Programs: FREE environmental teacher workshops, field trip grants, classroom presentations, STEM career mentors, classroom grants, essay contests, Youth Environmental Leadership Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) conference to promote environmental stewardship through student lead community projects
MEEC is a wonderful resource to have in our community. I know first hand about the benefits of the many programs, competitions, and workshops that they provide. The staff of MEEC, have went out of their way to make sure that my students who wanted to do so could participate. My students have gained valuable experience with S.T.E.M. through the YELC conference, mini grants that have provided us with the funding needed to do scientific investigations, the Solar Oven competitions which my students worked all year long to build a solar oven that would meet the requirements and then go to participate in a live event that put their learning to the test. Moreover, the Envirobus grants are super! In the past I have gotten to take my students to the Fort Irwin Base to learn about our desert habitats and how the Natives of the land lived and what type of technology they used. In addition, the teacher of the year, teacher of excellence, and student of the year program is heart-wrenching and amazing to participate in. I have had student participate in the essay and video contests as well. The teacher workshops that are provided are exceptional, and you can tell that the leadership: Ms. Christie, Ms. Samantha, and Ms. Roberta really believe in what they do. I have found no other non profit to match what MEEC does for us as educators and parents in our community. And I could go on and on about how grateful I am to be able to participate in the many programs that they offer, and as to how it has opened the eyes of the students that we serve to be knowledgeable and capable of competing in the future at a higher level. Thank you MEEC!!! Thank you sponsored, I am much obliged.