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Mojave Environmental Education Consortium

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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

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The things that MEEC is able to do for it's community is amazing. Everything they do is done with the teachers and students in mind. Funding trips that get kids outside and interested in their own backyard. They provide one of the highest scholarships in the are for students who are interested in pursuing STEM careers. MEEC continues to be great organization for teachers in the high desert to be involved in.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The MEEC organization has been extremely helpful to our opening of our STEAM lab at Discovery School of the Arts. They provided the funding for a one of a kind wall wrap that has help transformed our lab. Students instantly know that learning is different when they enter the lab and see the wall wrap. MEEC also provided funding towards a 65 inch monitor that students use to present their eportfolios to the class. Students keep track of their STEAM projects everyday by writing and adding photos ofwhat they have been working on in the lab. The 65 inch monitor has provided our students the opportunity to present their finished Eportfolio to the class and showoff what they have accomplished. Laslty, we were able to add two additional robotics kits to the lab through the assistance of the MEEC organizations. We were in need of more complex robotics that include more programing capabilities for our 5th and 6th grade students. These kits are already in use and our students our loving the challenge and complexity of the new kits.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great resource for teachers in the high desert. so glad i found our about this organization. They really go out of there way to help teachers out and help them incorporate STEM education into their classroom.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC is an outstanding orgnization that works closley with High Desert educators to provide them with many opportunities that they are then able to share with their students back in the classrooms.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC is one of the best educational resources for teachers in the high desert area for STEM and environmental sciences. They offer a wide variety of workshops, competitions, and grants for teachers and students with the sole expectation of promoting STEM and environmental awareness throughout the educational community of the high desert.

mh_thompson

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a retired principal, I remember the essay and other contests available through MEEC. Many of our students won and were featured in the Daily Press. Teachers availed themselves of the many free and low-cost workshops that offered free curriculum guides. I'm glad MEEC continues to offer many opportunities for students and teachers in the high desert.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I was the principal of Victoria Magathan Elementary in the Adelanto School District, I always advertised your contests and opportunities to the students and teachers. I was so proud when my students won essay and other contests and were awarded with certificates and ceremonies and were featured in the Daily Press. Your end of the year dinner honoring outstanding teachers (one of mine) was also inspirational. I love how you work in tandem with the schools and districts to educate students, teachers, and administrators on the environment. My hat is off to you! Dr. Mary Thompson

Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC offers great hands-on classes for educators that are content based. Each class includes standard based curriculum that the teacher can bring back to their classroom and implement with their students. They also offer incredible resources that the educator can check out and use in their classroom.
MEEC also offers amazing grant opportunities for teachers. I have been able to take my past students on amazing field trips because of their wonderful transportation grants.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What an awesome organization. They have great ideas and resources for teachers in the classroom. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. The grants from MEEC are awesome benefits for the teacher.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Teachers are spoiled by MEEC in so many ways! Environmental workshops are offered frequently and provide classroom curriculum and all the materials we need to do projects with our students. One of our favorites was making our own toothpaste in second grade! The MEEC Program Specialist even came to our school to do a presentation on The Mojave Watershed with all of our classes. MEEC offers grants for field trip transportation costs, special environmental projects, and school gardens! We were awarded a grant to transform a water guzzling grassy area into a serene, drought tolerant, butterfly garden. MEEC also supports our vegetable garden with drip irrigation and gardening supplies. MEEC paid for our class field trip to Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area where we learned about the incredible rock formations and desert life from the park rangers and from our hike down to the creek. MEEC also provided solar ovens, rocks and minerals collections, backpacks, microscopes and much more for our classroom. Students love to zoom in on miniscule objects under the microscopes, the fly leg and butterfly wing get a lot of oohs and ahhs. MEEC is a huge resource and support for teachers and environmental education. If you're not on their mailing list you are missing out- get connected ASAP!
submitted by Catherine

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a teacher at Knight High School in Palmdale, MEEC has done so many things that have effected the students learning about environmental education- classroom speakers, field trips, teacher seminars with supplies to bring back to the room, and conferences for kids- that the experience for students would not be the same without them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great resource and support for educators from elementary school to high school!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC was there for me from my very first year of teaching to now. They have been instrumental in supporting my science instruction in my Special Education classroom. My students learn best when working across curriculum and hands-on. Science is the best for this type of instruction, and you can see it in my student's engagement. MEEC has been so important to the science instruction within my classroom. They see the importance of continuing to provide a strong science instruction, and they back their support with financial support as well. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Many years ago on a flight from Sacramento to Ontario I sat next to a gentleman from the California Superintendent of Schools. During the conversation on the hour long flight we learned of our mutual interest in environmental education for California schools and the development of approvable curriculum for use by teachers. We exchanged contact information with a promise to keep in touch.

I took this information and gave it to Violet Roberts, of the District's PR group and told her to run with and run she did. Through her efforts she was able to organize the necessary resources, funds and volunteers to make this the great nonprofit it is today.

Through the efforts of this nonprofit, businesses, schools and the public have made enormous strides in the environmental education not only throughout the Mojave Desert. but the entire state.

I am now retired but continue to keep informed of the ongoing projects. I'm still to amaze how the dedication of the members and volunteers of this organization enhance and promote the various aspects of environmental education.

It is for these reasons I highly recommend that MEEC be recognized as a top rated nonprofit.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MEEC has provided me with so many opportunities. Not only do they help me with finding unique curriculum for my students but also help to put me in contact with industry professionals (other than myself). They help me bring the real world into my classroom and me to the real world. They have provided me with Place Based Learning opportunities, supplies for my classroom, curriculum, dinner, and networking. Thank you, keep up the good work. I'm telling every teacher I know about MEEC!!! You rock :) and I know because I am a Geologist ;)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love the non-profit because it is truly there to help the kids and teachers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MEEC is helping with putting a robotics program at my kids elementary school in the high desert.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MEEC is a great program that helps kids with understanding STEM

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

1 VOliva

Client Served

Rating: 4

My name is Valerie Kimmel-Oliva, and I am a special education teacher at Desert Knolls Elementary School, Apple Valley Unified School District. I am writing this review to tell you about a wonderful service organization located in the greater Victor Valley.
MEEC-Mojave Environmental Education Consortium is a fantastic organization that supports teachers and provides a variety of opportunities for students within their service area.
I have been attending MEEC training workshops for the past three years. I am beginning my third year as a MEEC-Ambassador at my school-site. I relay information about trainings, workshops, contests, and service learning opportunities, to my peers.
I have had the opportunity to travel to a variety of locations to study environmental issues and participate in conversations with fellow educators from across the country and Mexico. I have taken students on field trips to Organic farms and Recycling Recovery Centers, where MEEC has provide funding for transportation services.
Our school-site has received funding to develop our school garden/outdoor learning laboratory, and to help purchase much needed tools and supplies to make it a sustainable growing project.
I was fortunate and very honored to be selected by the MEEC board as the 2015-2016 MEEC Teacher of the Year. It was a turning point in my professional career and personal development!
We have taken students to the YELC-Youth Environmtal Leadership Conference, the Showcase event, and the Annual Solar Oven Competition, all designed to support service learning and STEM activites/projects.
MEEC is a fantastic organization that helps provide environmental education and programs for teachers,students, and the community members, free of charge. I hope the corporations in the greater San Bernardino County area will consider funding MEEC, as they are a very worthy, honest, and highly professional organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

An organization that is a model of how community can help school children learn real world skills that equips them to be active citizens. Professional development conducted by business professionals that trains teachers with the best skills and knowledge for free! Materials, grants and curriculum that ensures students from Kindergarten up can encounter Environmental education in the classroom and in the community.
Since 2008 MEEC has provided grants for buses for field trips, created essay contests that enabled my first, second, third, fourth, and fifth graders with the ability to apply their knowledge, show what they learned and earn prizes for doing so. My first graders were able to learn about water, life science and energy thru window gardens, water activities, butterfly habitats and science experiments. Each step of the learning since 2008 has helped the students have a love for living science and their world! We love MEEC and plan to continue teaming with such a marvelous organization.
Mrs. Williams Cameron Elementary

Client Served

Rating: 5

Even though MEEC is not really close to our area I have been able to use several of their programs over the years. As a teacher I was able to take a photography class and go to a summer class on Catalina Island. I was able to use the knowledge I gained on both these trips in my classroom. I have taken a few other classes as well, but those trips were my favorite. I have also given some of their essay contests to my kids as extra credit assignments. They have won awards a few times too.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC has been so much help for the students in our remote desert town. They have come and presented water conservation workshops and provided environmental field trips. In addition, they have given the teachers free STEM and other environmental workshops. I am very grateful for all they do for us in the Morongo Basin.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC is truly here to support teachers and students in our area! From classes to competitions , they do it all. I have attended teacher trainings for solar energy, gardening and STEM learning. They have sponsored student events for STEM learning and Solar Oven competitions. They help sponsor multiple day travels for teachers to learn about geology and other subjects. They offer grants to help curtail field trip costs for environmental topics as well as grants for gardens in schools. What an amazing organization! Our schools would suffer without the knowledge shared by that terrific organization. Thank you for your continued support.