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EEAI is proud to serve as the Illinois affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education. The Affiliate Network promotes collaboration for maximum effectiveness and efficiency and a unified voice for Environmental Education across North America and beyond.
In 1972 a group of committed and concerned citizens -- both conservationists and teachers -- founded the Environmental Education Association of Illinois. Since that time, members of EEAI have provided leadership on this front at the national, state and community levels. The strength of EEAI comes from the involvement of its members. Their participation in state and regional events raises the profile of environmental education and challenges decision-makers to give environmental literacy higher priority.
Debbie Fluegel Named 2017 National Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educator
Debbie Fluegel, Illinois Field Coordinator and Program Manager for the nonprofit group Trees Forever, was selected from nominees across the U.S. as one of five Outstanding Educators by Project Learning Tree® (PLT), the national environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation. This is the first time an educator from Illinois has won the National PLT Outstanding Educator Award since its inception in 1994. In Illinois, PLT is coordinated by the Environmental Education Association of Illinois.
Fluegel works with communities, landowners, and farmers to conduct hands-on planting projects, to diversify and enhance community forests and to establish and restore native plant areas. She also provides training that volunteer leaders can then use with other groups. She has created new environmental education programs for the state’s vocational agriculture teachers, youth group leaders, and other educators. Fluegel manages Trees Forever’s Illinois Buffer Partnership program, focusing on improving water quality, and the Pollinator Habitat Conservation program working to improve habitat for bees and other pollinators, in both Illinois and Iowa. She has an A.A. from Illinois Central College and B.A. from University of Maine at Machias.
Fluegel, along with the four other educators, will be honored at PLT’s 31st International Coordinators’ Conference, April 24-27, in Louisville, Kentucky.
“Debbie and the other Outstanding Educators show the value of engaging, high-quality environmental education,” said Kathy McGlauflin, senior vice president for education at the American Forest Foundation, in announcing the awards. “They are equipping children and adults with knowledge and skills to meet 21st century needs.”
PLT Outstanding Educators are selected for their commitment to environmental education, exemplary use of Project Learning Tree’s award winning curriculum materials, and exceptional teaching skills. To see a list of all 5 award winners visit https://www.plt.org/news/five-educators-named-2017-national-project-learning-tree-outstanding-educators/.
EEAI Annual Business Meeting
March 10, 11am-1pm
Touch of Nature, Makanda, IL.
All EEAI members are welcome to attend the 2017 annual business meeting for a year-end review, 2017-18 budget approval and introduction of new board members. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Stacey Clementz, email@example.com by Feb. 27.
If you cannot join us for lunch, we hope to celebrate our 45th Anniversary year as we host the Midwest Environmental Education Conference in October. For more information visit www.meeconference.org.
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