History of AEEA
Photo by Mitchell Pruitt
AEEA was created to provide a network to share information and ideas, communicate among groups, avoid duplication of efforts, and provide members with the opportunity to collaborate with others of similar interests.
Later that year, AEEA applied for and was granted affiliate status with the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).
On March 1, the first statewide meeting of AEEA was held in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. The motto, “To promote learning about and sustaining the Natural State” was adopted.
Under McAfee’s leadership as AEEA’s first executive director, AEEA published a quarterly newsletter, The Natural State. The first AEEA Board of Directors was elected and met quarterly, drafting a strategic plan and bylaws and acquiring 501c3 nonprofit status. During this first year, AEEA recruited 50 members and over 20 affiliate organizations, schools, and government agencies.
In October 2001, AEEA hosted the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) 30th annual international conference in Little Rock.
AEEA updates its look with a new logo, designed by University of Arkansas – Fort Smith graphic design student Erin Lowery.
AEEA celebrates its 10 year anniversary! The EE Expo was held April 20-21 at University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, where it was voted to become a biennial exposition.
To recognize the retirement of AEEA’s founding executive director, the Environmental Education Service Award was renamed in his honor to the Robert McAfee Environmental Education Service Award.
AEEA joins collaborative effort with Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico for an EPA Environmental Education Grant. Through this project, AEEA helped to expand environmental education throughout Arkansas by granting funds to EE projects in need.
Past Board Presidents