​The Maine Environmental Educational Association (MEEA) Elects New Board President


Saco, Maine (July 8, 2019) —The Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA) and The Ecology School are excited to jointly announce that Alex Grindle, Director of Programs at The Ecology School, has been elected as the next Board President of MEEA. Grindle has served on the MEEA Board since 2016 and is currently the organization’s Board Secretary. In addition to Grindle, members of the MEEA board include Tamara Whitmore, Adrian Ayson, Linda Woodard, Matt Dubel, Stefan Jackson, Dr. Jenn Page, Hazel Stark, Gayle Bowness, Dr. Ruth Kermish-Allen, and Molly Auclair.

“Alex is deeply committed to advancing environmental education in Maine and empowering educators to lead forward powerful environmental learning opportunities in their communities. Alex is passionate about our vision that ALL Maine kids deserve access to nature-based and outdoor education opportunities in school and in their community,” said Olivia Griset, MEEA’s Executive Director.

Grindle holds Bachelor degrees in Environmental Studies and Politics from Oberlin College and has been with The Ecology School since 2002, first as a seasonal Educator before moving into a position on the Administrative Team in 2004. She coordinates programming for the organization, overseeing environmental education programs for more than 12,000 program participants each year. In 2018 more than 8,000 students from 31 schools in Maine participated in experiential learning at The Ecology School.

About The Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA)
MEEA plays a critical role in Maine as it enhances and amplifies the efforts of individuals and organizations building environmental awareness, appreciation, understanding, and action in the state. MEEA—a state affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education—provides professional development opportunities, works for policy change, conducts research, nurtures emerging leadership, and shares stories of excellence. To learn more about MEEA, please visit meeassociation.org.

About The Ecology School
The Ecology School is a 501(c)3 non-profit, inspiring stewardship of and connection to the natural world through experiential learning in ecology, conservation, farming, and sustainability. Since 1998, The Ecology School has brought innovative ecology education programs to over 185,000 program participants throughout New England and nationwide. We accentuate the magic, mystery, and wonder of nature so that students can better understand and care for the environment. While construction at The Ecology School’s permanent home— one of the country’s most sustainable residential environmental learning centers— takes place in 2019/2020 at River Bend Farm, the School’s programming is temporarily located at Poland Spring Resort in Poland, Maine. Learn more at TheEcologySchool.org.

Contact: Caitlin Brooke, Marketing Manager, (207) 283-9951 (office), (207) 838-0984 (mobile), caitlin@theecologyschool.org