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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

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89 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC is an amazing support and resource for teachers! They offer workshops on a variety of environmental issues and even feed us dinner! Often a whole class set of materials is included so we can teach the topic in our classrooms without any out of pocket costs. MEEC is generous with their grants for transportation costs for field trips, class projects, and gardening projects. I have been awarded microscopes and magnifying glasses for my classroom as well as money for a butterfly garden and a vegetable garden. Students are also challenged to write essays about environmental topics and MEEC rewards them with cash prizes. We are extremely fortunate to have an organization like MEEC in the high desert! Everyone in the education field should check them out and get on their mailing list.

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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!
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Cristina8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MEEC has supported my classroom on so many projects and experiences that my students would not have had the opportunity to participate in. MEEC is life-changing! Love MEEC!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a special education teacher. I have found that MEEC is accepting of all students regardless of ability. This is something that is not always the case, and so it makes science education that much more accessible for my students. I appreciate all of the resources, ideas, and support that MEEC provides to ALL students.

Jeffrey V.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been in education 27 years and have never found a group where I have learned so much about what goes on (scientifically) in my community in such a short time! Educators get to network with employees of local industry who are willing to be classroom resources. Everyone is so open and giving, when one meeting ends I anxiously wait for the email to sign up for the next one; I don’t know how I survived without the resources MEEC has blessed us with. The attached photos are from an outing MEEC took us on to the Big Bear Solar Observatory and an Acorn Woodpecker’s cache at the Pali Institite in Running Springs!!

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

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC offers many opportunities for teachers to receive training in many areas that benefit students. They offer grant opportunities to provide for the funds to take an educational field trip. They provide other grant opportunities towards developing a school garden and other creative endeavors. They help provide lots of outstanding opportunities to teachers. I went to a Forestry Institute years ago. It was an amazing educational experience. It provide tools that I use to share hands on with my students to this day. I am thankful for all the amazing opportunities they offer.

Terri83

Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC has provided many wonderful resources for my classroom. I have attended numerous STEM learning classes, where I have been given first hand knowledge and classroom materials to take back to my students and school site. My students have benefited greatly from the knowledge that I have acquired through MEEC support. My students have gone on wonderful learning field trips that support 21st Century learning. If it wasn't for MEEC, many teachers would not have the support in the classroom that we do with MEEC.
Thank you MEEC for all of your support to the Teachers of the High Desert!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5


MEEC has supported my students and I for many years. My students have learned about solar, wind, hydroelectric, and hydroponics through projects and labs funded by MEEC. The teacher workshops, support, and supplies for teachers are by far the best in the high desert.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mojave Environmental Education Consortium (MEEC) is one of the greatest assets to the victor valley region in the Mojave Desert. This nonprofit offers educational opportunities at no cost to local educators. The workshops they provide (free of charge, with food) are phenomenal in that they teach educators about the area we live in and about environmental issues that are prevalent in the area. Educators leave the workshops with lessons they can take and use the very next day in their classroom. In addition to the workshops, MEEC offers grants for schools that can be used for environmental education, school gardens, and field trips to environmental education related field trips. Throughout the year they hold various contests for students to promote environmental awareness. Using the essays, videos, and projects that students submit MEEC awards prizes and/or scholarships to the students. This nonprofit is a wonderful organization and is one of the only organizations in the area that reaches out to our community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MEEC has supported our students in many ways through the years. We have participated in the YELC conference where our students have made a difference in our school environment with the education they have delivered. MEEC comes to our science fair each year with a special award to honor students who have exceptional environmental projects. The solor oven competition is a favorite as well and our students have placed well each year. My favorite event is the Student of the Year award and the teacher of the year award. MEEC is amazing and we hope they are around for a long time to come.
Mary Eller, Principal - Lucerne Valley Elementary

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MEEC is the best! They are so professional and generous! I've attended several workshops they've offered for educators and have always been impressed, and enlightened! Samantha takes her job seriously and follows through to provide a positive experience for all.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MEEC is a wonderful organization! Samantha Murray goes out of her way to involve the community in the vast programs offered through MEEC. I am go grateful for all the professional development opportunities and the curriculum provided by this organization that reinforces STEM in my classroom. In addition to professional development, MEEC offers many grants, contests, and additional resources for the classroom and school. Not only are there common core centered projects and activities, the curriculum is relevant and actively engages students in learning about the environment. Thank you, MEEC!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MEEC has been outstanding for our students and our community! They are educating teachers and students and causing a paradigm shift in our area. Our school has become a school of environmental education, largely as a result of MEEC's influence. Samantha Murray is a true professional and works to continually improve the education system.

Matt95

Client Served

Rating: 5

These folks to it all: training for me; projects and events for my students; and transportation grants for environmental field trips. I started enjoying their programs a dozen years ago and they have grown stronger with time.

Angela119

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that sponsors a variety of STEM workshops for classroom teachers. Teachers are treated to engaging presentations and are sent off back to their classrooms with supplies and resources to prepare their students for 21st century careers! I look forward to attending at least one or two of these each year.

Client Served

Rating: 4

First learned about MEEC 6 years ago and had one of my students enter and essay contest. She won and is now study marine science in San Diego. Have attended multiple seminars, received their "teaching boxes" and used them to help expand my students knowledge in earth science.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC has got to be one of the greatest resources for educators here in the high desert for all STEM-based learning. They are focused around an environmental concept and apply that towards workshops, student conferences, and a multitude of grants meant to increase awareness of our environment as well as promote community service.
John

Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC has provided some fantastic and usable trainings in Environmental Education. As a teacher, I love to learn, and I love it even more when I walk away with user-friendly activities and lessons to take back to my students to expand their environmental awareness and experiences! Many Thanks, MEEC!! You are appreciated!

Heather56

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MEEC is an amazing organization!!! They provide opportunities like no other. They are dedicated to getting STEM into the classrooms and they support educators by providing the vehicle for funding! They have helped make a major impact in my classroom!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC is an outstanding organization! They offer many opportunities for both student and the teacher. I was taken back by the measures that the specialists have taken to provide insight, with respect to STEM curriculum. I have been to many fantastic workshops, that allow me to expose my students to various , hands on methods of instruction. In addition, I was given a list of organizations that were willing to come to the classroom and make toothpaste! So many students left school that day, eager to become scientists. Furthermore, I was lucky enough to attend Keystone Science School over the summer. I am at a loss for words! It was an amazing experience! One of which I have taken to my classroom, daily! I can't remember teaching before I found MEEC. I can assure you it has made me love my job even more!

Heather Hansen
Third Grade Teacher
Esperanza Elementary

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent training for educators interested in expanding their knowledge base in the area of science. MEEC always provides great supplemental material to use in the classroom.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great information that is close to home, supports STEM, and helps to fund fantastic learning opportunities for our students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC offers great programs for teachers. Great ideas for clean tech

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MEEC is very education-friendly. They fund grant opportunities, present workshops with free material to take.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC has offered great opportunities for teachers like me to learn how to better integrate environmentally sound STEM curriculum into my class time and again. Simply awesome!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an educator who teaches environmental science, MEEC is an invaluable resource of opportunities for my students through their various contests & scholarships, material and information for me and my students, and great camaraderie among educators at their workshops. Through the financial backing from companies like Boeing, 3M, and of course the Mojave Air Quality Management District, we have nice facilities for our workshops, and excellent material to bring back to our students. MEEC is truly the best of best for educators in both the High and Low Desert. Thank you MEEC!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC is an outstanding resource for educators in the High Desert area. They are a point of contact for everything environmental. From their library of books, videos, and other assorted items, to their excellent field trips that may last from a few hours to a few days, MEEC is your answer to anything environmentally related. From Christy to Samantha, the staff at MEEC are always friendly, available, and want to help you.

I have used their library, I have gone to many workshops, I have invited guest speakers to my classroom through MEEC, and I will continue to be a great supporter and user of MEEC. Finally, their big event is the Youth Environmental Leadership Conference. While I have not yet been able to attend this with my students, this year I am hoping to get a group of students together to go.

Keep up the great work MEEC!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My child get so many amazing opportunities because of MEEC! Her school has a garden, apple trees, and go on a field trip almost every year because of funding they provide! My daughter now wants to work for the National Park Service!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MEEC is an invaluable resource for teachers. They offer FREE workshops for teachers and hands-on curriculum for our students. They encourage us to use EEI curiculum the materials and lesson plans help keep teaching FUN and keeps our students engaged. The EEI curriculum challenges our students to learn vocabulary and to be caretakers of Earth, animals and plants and their own surroundings. We are very fortunate to have them here for us. My class was awared Enviro-bucks last year to take a field trip to Forever Wild. They provided the money needed for the 2 buses that took our 4 first grade classes on that field trip. We do not have money for field trips so we were VERY APPRECIATIVE of the opportunity!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

An organization that ensures STEM is an integral part of learning beginning in the lower elementary education and beyond. I am an educator that has taught grades 1 - 8. As a first, second and third grade teacher over multiple years MEEC equipped and enhanced my abilities to educate the students in earth, life and environmental sciences. MEEC provided training, resources for both teacher and students, Expert Presenters and busing to community businesses where students were provided hands on real life experiences of the sciences. Past students have excelled in Middle and High School sciences due to the strong foundation that began in 1st grade! The emphasis on STEM and ensuring that educators are provided funding and resources in a format easily adapted to the mandates and standards of the district and state at no cost to small cost ensures future students will be equipped to enhance our world. Truly and organization that needs to be recognized for actively partnering with educators to ensure we have future scientists equipped to enhance the environment and living for all.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an 8th grade Science teacher, MEEC has been a huge resource for helping us. They have many hands-on trainings throughout the year, they are a huge component with our STEM teaching by actually having a wonderfully planned Symposium, and they have helped us take our students on a field trip to actually see what is going on in our desert and how NASA and JPL work together using the Goldstone Deep Space Network. MEEC continues to work tirelessly to send us updated information regarding the statewide initiatives as well as what's going on in our neighborhood. They are much appreciated!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC is a great resource for myself as a high school earth science teacher. Most classes and resources are free or low cost. The activities lessons are great hands-on for my students. One year I received the bus bucks grant to take a 100 high school students to the Angeles National Forest to study faults. There just isn't money for high school science programs and field trips. It was great to have that opportunity.

Warren4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization has been an integral catalyst with respect to my teaching and my environmental awareness and activism. I've attended workshops and Summer institutes, participated in contests and programs, all meaningful and valuable. The staff are knowledgable and very helpful. Their newsletter is top notch and their communication...timely. Hands down the best non-profit I've ever been associated with.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I was a school principal my students loved MEEC essay contests and often won. MEEC would have, and still has, celebrations for students and field trips and trainings for teachers. At the end of the year they honor teachers. Most of what they do is free or low cost. They support girls in science and other fields. I'm glad our community has MEEC.

Glenda L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization helps educators resources for free. They provide workshops for teachers and grants to help with purchasing material for science related lessons! Excellent organization!!!

Sandra68

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MEEC has supported educators in the high desert and is well known for its amazing and relevant environmental curriculum. They also directly and indirectly affect members of the public in many positive ways! MEEC hosts YELC which has greatly influenced and educate my daughters! The Youth Environmental Leadership Conference addresses dozens of stewardship topics for a wide range of age groups. It educates kids and inspires them to take ownership and action in the conservatorship of our world/communities and resources. My family truly appreciates all of their efforts!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is one of the best sources to find help with environmental curriculum, materials, and teacher professional development in the high desert. It has provided workshops for me as a teacher as well as workshops for my students. Every one of their events has been a success.

Mrs. Houk
Pathways to College Teacher

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MEEC has allowed me to use so many resources from their website for my 5th grade students. I have also had the opportunity to go to teacher training paid by MEEC sponsors to use in my classroom for many years to come. That makes all the difference.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC provides not only outstanding written and electronic resources to teachers and students, but also provides wonderful professional development opportunities, scholarships, and events. They are a great organization, and one which I would heartily recommend to others.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC provides outstanding (and generally free!) resources to our teachers for the benefit of students at all grade levels. In addition, their activities are not only educational and socially responsible, they are also very engaging. The staff are both professional and caring and we so appreciate them!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MEEC is an amazing organization that provides opportunities for our students that we may otherwise not taken advantage of. We have received transportation grants to a variety of places that deal with STEM activities. I have attended workshops where supplies were given to us for classroom use (I teach science). Members of MEEC are on our board of directors for the STEM Academy at Barstow High school. I have used the environmental curriculum developed by MEEC professionals in my classroom. I am so thankful I have become involved with this program my students have benefited tremendously.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to MEEC several years ago, and I have nothing but WONDERFUL things to say about them. As a teacher, they have provided me with a wealth of resources to educate myself and my students on relative issues in my own community and our environment! They provide free teacher workshops (after school hours) that are awesome! Not only do they educate those of us that attend, but they also feed us dinner AND provide the materials to use what we've learned in our classroom. They provide funding for field trips that may not have taken place without them. This gives our students real life experiences that they need. They also provide opportunities for teachers to gain hands on experience that enables them to teach with enthusiasm in their classrooms. They also send us information on contests for our students, both writing and art contests, that motivate the students to participate and gain knowledge on environmental issues. I can't say enough good things about the organization and ALL of their staff members!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience with MEEC has been entirely positive. MEEC connects industry leaders with educational groups to promote environmental education for students. MEEC provides Youth Environmental Educational Seminars for students and recognizes teachers of excellence in environmental education.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had many positive experiences with MEEC. The organization is focused on increasing awareness of local environmental issues and they seek to do so through a variety of ways. I have benefited from professional development workshops that they offer for teachers. My students have benefitted from essay and project competitions, scholarships, and hands on workshops that MEEC has sponsored. One opportunity in particular that makes a huge impact on students is their annual YELC, Youth Environmental Leadership Conference. Students are challenged to come up with their own environmental project ideas and supported by teachers and local business partners to make their ideas come to life. The most exciting part of the project is that students are tasks with taking what they've learn and using it to inform others about it, so that the community as a whole benefits. I always look forward to the next opportunity to work with MEEC.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC is a wonderful organization. They have provided me with a variety of professional development opportunities. Each experience has been practical, educational, and included materials for me to take back to the classroom. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated and committed organization here in the high desert.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great group and very helpful to teachers keeping them well informed about new and exciting subjects for my classroom.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MEEC's teacher inservice is provided after school hours, (so no need for a sub!) and has provided me not only with a wealth of information and training for me to share with my students, but they even provide actual supplies so I can immediately implement! Wow! And, after a long day at school, they even provide a light dinner, Whoo-Hoo! Thank you MEEC for always being so inclusive and thorough, absolutely professional!