November 17, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us in-person or remotely for our 2022 Annual Meeting!
During this year’s annual meeting, you will have the chance to hear about BTLT’s latest accomplishments, get an update on the financial status of the organization, and vote on members of the Board of Directors. In addition, we welcome a panel of local educators to discuss this year’s theme, “The Nature of Learning: Exploring the Benefits and Challenges of Nature-Based Education.”
In-person, folks may enjoy light appetizers provided by Senza Scarpe (vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options available) and sweet treats from Wild Oats. Alcoholic beverages from Jackass Annie will be available for purchase via cash bar as well.
Registration is required.
Thursday November 17th from 5:00-7:00pm
675 Old Portland Rd, Brunswick, ME 04011
Remotely via zoom, a link will be shared via email
Amara Ifeji is a systems thinker and environmental justice activist committed to advancing equitable access to the outdoors and climate justice education for ALL youth. In high school, her barriers to access to environmental learning compelled her to lead community science learning efforts for students like herself and conduct internationally awarded climate change research. As the Director of Policy with the Maine Environmental Education Association, Amara mobilizes youth-led, grassroots movements to advance state and federal environmental education policies, recently contributing to securing over $2 million for climate education professional development in Maine. In recognition of her work, she was named a 2021 National Geographic Young Explorer and 2022 Brower Youth Awardee.
Glenn Evans has taught for over 40 years, eight years as an environmental educator and 33 years as a public school science teacher, 30 of those years in SAD 75. For the past 20 years, he’s taught biology at Mt. Ararat High School. The past eighteen years he’s led a unique program with his advanced sophomore biology class and the Cathance River Education Alliance that matches high school sophomores with local mentors to study the local Cathance Preserve’s environments and share their findings with the public.
Olivia Griset (she/her) serves as the Executive Director of the Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA). MEEA is Maine’s statewide network that supports educators, youth and individuals in building environmental awareness and action by centering equity and advancing systemic change. Olivia works in collaboration to innovate solutions that result in more equitable, sustainable, and healthy Maine communities. Olivia is deeply engaged in movement building at national and state level holding leadership positions at the North American Environmental Education Association and at the Maine Nature Based Education Consortium. Olivia’s experiences as a fisheries biologist, as a rural public high school life science teacher, community-based environmental educator, and family nature club organizer lend a unique perspective on environmental education movement-building. While a classroom teacher Olivia was recognized as a National Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educator, one of only 5 in the country in 2009. When not working on environmental education and equity projects you can find Olivia playing music, working in the garden, or skiing through the woods with her partner Todd and their daughters Lucy and Charlotte and puppy Cora.
Sarah Rodgers has been an environmental educator in Maine for over 20 years, and can attest to the magic of outdoor teaching and learning, whether in a secluded forest or a small green strip of weeds in the school parking lot. Sarah taught at Wolfe’s Neck Farm and Maine Audubon among other programs before settling in at Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA) in 2007, where she works to scale the magic of outdoor learning by building strong relationships with local schools who impact hundreds of students every single day. As part of the CREA team, Sarah partners with teachers in preschool through high school to develop hands-on place-based curriculum, delivers school field trips and eye-opening nature-based experiences for nearly 1,500 local students each year, and offers workshops that empower teachers to feel comfortable and confident teaching outdoors on their own.
The discussion will be moderated by Caroline Elliot. Caroline is Executive Director of the Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA) which offers place-based learning experiences for K-5 elementary classes, and other programs, at its Ecology Center on the 230-acre Cathance River Nature Preserve in Topsham. At CREA, she regularly witnesses the remarkable effectiveness of discovery-based learning and the curiosity and joy it evokes, in young and old alike.
Special thanks to our 2022 Annual Meeting sponsor!