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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Education

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

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization to be apart of. The lessons the non-profit gives to help teachers is outstanding.

Violette R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When it comes to STEM based education MEEC is the High Desert's #1 resource for educators. MEEC's unique collaboration of educators, businesses and public agencies is second to none in providing educators with high quality STEM based environmental resources that help prepare students for the real world.

Board Member

Rating: 5

MEEC is outstanding in helping teachers and reaching students. Bus buck grants bring thousands of kids to field trips that show them the real world. The Youth Environmental Leadership Conference gets hundreds of kids excited about learning all day on a Saturday. Teachers get free materials for classroom lessons that meet standards. Many other great programs. A great organization with excellent staff.

Board Member

Rating: 5

MEEC is an excellent organization. MEEC provides many free opportunities for teachers to promote environmental education in their classroom. In addition, MEEC offers grant money for field trips and classroom projects.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

MEEC is an excellent organization for teachers to becoming involved with. MEEC offers grants for classroom activities, as well as, activities ouside the classroom. This allows teachers and students to have an impact understand the real-life environmental concerns in the local Mojave Desert area and beyond. MEEC hosts teacher workshops and connects teachers with environmental professionals who can join classroom lectures and encourage students to take an active role in math and science eduation.

Board Member

Rating: 5

MEEC routinely receives very favorable feedback regarding their workshops (and rightfully so), but I believe the maximum value is realized when the teachers and students visit the MEEC member businesses. The field trips expose students to a potential field of study and a possible career. The field trip experience allows students and teachers to witness industry realizing its goals, while being good environmental stewarts. MEEC provides a Great service!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that benefits students directly! Our teachers have participated in the incredible professional development, our students have benefitted by participating in YELC (Youth Environmental Leadership Conference), Environmental Bus Bucks that provides environmental educational field trips, and many essay contests. We appreciate all that MEEC has done for our students.