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CGEE Celebrates a Quarter Decade of Environmental Education

The Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE) at Hamline University is celebrating 25 years of fostering environmental literacy and stewardship.

“Our inaugural project 25 years ago—a pre-Internet era educational initiative centered on Will Steger’s 1990 trans-Antarctic expedition—engaged some 15 million students worldwide,” says director Tracy Fredin. “Ever since then, the Center for Global Environmental Education has enjoyed international recognition as an innovator in environmental and science education."

“We began by thinking big and we haven’t stopped,” he adds.

The organization’s work centers on professional development for educators, learning programs and experiences for K-12 students, multimedia storytelling, and community outreach.

In addition to developing the Master of Arts in Natural Science and Environmental Education Program at Hamline, the CGEE has launched numerous institutes, certificate programs, and continuing studies courses. Its multimedia learning programs have won international acclaim and are required curricula in school districts around the country. The center also provides leadership and consulting services for Minnesota school districts, and it has provided professional development in science to more educators than any other college or university in the state, Fredin says.

One of the CGEE’s newest initiatives is a blog called Sustainable Commons. This summer, the blog featured field reports from a canoe expedition in the Canadian Arctic.

Several activities and events are planned in celebration of CGEE’s 25th anniversary. For information, visit cgee.hamline.edu.

—Fletcher Blaschko ’17