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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.
Welcome Our First Ever Executive Director!
The Environmental Education Association of Illinois board is delighted to announce the results of our first national search for a part-time Executive Director. Abbie Enlund has enthusiastically accepted the position and will begin on June 4, 2018.
Abbie was born a St. Louis girl that frequently escaped to the rivers and hills of rural Missouri. Being in nature has always been a love of hers. Her interest and passion for environmental education started in high school and has been what she knew she wanted to do as a career most of her life. After finishing her graduate degree in Environmental Education at the University of WI – Stevens Point, she went to work for the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education and the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station. She has a strong interest in program development and finding funds, through grants or fundraising, to make EE programs possible. Moving several times for her husband’s career has enabled her to work for several different nature centers, universities, and other organizations. She is a mother to two young girls, Samantha age 10 and Avery age 8. As a family they love hiking, backpacking, traveling, golfing and playing games. She is excited to start this new position with EEAI!
The hiring of a part-time Executive Director comes after years of preparation by the EEAI Board of Directors to meet a central goal of the organization’s strategic plan. The duties of this position are wide-ranging and include strong collaboration with the Board of Directors and our membership to address the specific needs of our organization.
We welcome Abbie and look forward to working with her in the coming years.
In the meantime, huge thanks to the members of the Search Committee; Stacey Clementz, Kirsten Hope Walker, Jennifer Tariq, Janet Beach Davis, Mary Rice, Deb Chapman, Nan Buckardt, and, in a consulting capacity, Ashley Hoffman (Kentucky Association for Environmental Education), for their hard work on achieving this milestone for the organization.
Fall Storytelling Retreat
Saturday, September 29
Peace of Earth Lodge, Rushville, IL.
Have you ever wanted to incorporate stories into your education programs? Join EEAI for a day of hands-on instruction with local, professional storytellers to learn basic tools, tips, and techniques of storytelling as well as where to find those stories. All participants will leave with some basics under their belt, as well as a story to share!
Overnight lodging is available at Peace of Earth Lodge for 8 guests for $45 on Friday, Sept. 28. Breakfast is included. Additional lodging is available offsite.
Fee: $65 for EEAI members, $80 for non-members.
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