Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS)

  • What is MEECS?

    MEECS stands for Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support. The goal of MEECS is to provide students in grades 3 through 9 with an opportunity to learn more about their environment through lessons in Science and Social Studies.  The MEECS curriculum consists of seven different curriculum units; Air Quality, Climate Change, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Energy Resources, Land Use, Land and Environment, and Water Quality. The units have been field tested by 120 teachers in nearly 200 Michigan classrooms.  The units can be used individually, or used together by a school system as the basis of a multi-year environmental education curriculum. 

  • For any questions regarding MEECS, please contact:

    Thomas Occhipinti
    Education Coordinator
    Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
    Phone 517-284-6867
    occhipintit@michigan.gov


Curriculum

Workshops

    • Each MEECS curriculum unit requires a three to four (3-4) hour training workshop. Each low cost MEECS curriculum unit workshop runs from four to six hours. Participants of workshops will receive a classroom unit kit which includes:

      • A binder of lesson plans relating to the given curriculum unit
      • CD-ROM with electronic version of binder material plus extension lessons, supplemental resources and materials, Powerpoint presentations, videos, and more!
      • Background information for teachers
      • Hands-on activities and experiments
      • Pre- and post-test
      • MEAP-like unit assessments
      • Colorful posters and worksheets
      • Activities and lessons supporting outdoor learning
      • Alignment with Michigan Content Expectations

      Educators are encouraged to attend as many workshops as they desire in order to obtain all 7 classroom unit kits.

      Materials

      All MEECS materials are available for purchase through the Central Michigan University College of Science & Engineering. Prepayment is required for all purchases. Please allow at least two weeks notice for processing and shipping.


Materials

    • Each Unit Classroom Kit Includes:

      • Binder of lesson plans for each unit
      • CD-ROM or Flash Drive with electronic version of units, extension lessons, supplemental resources and materials, PowerPoints, videos, and more!
      • Background information for teachers
      • Hands-on activities and experiments
      • Pre- & Post-tests and Unit Assessments
      • Colorful posters and worksheets
      • Activities and lessons supporting outdoor learning

      All MEECS materials are available for purchase through the Michigan Geographic Alliance at Central Michigan University.

      *Prepayment is required for all purchases.  Please allow at least two weeks’ notice for processing and shipping.

Online

    • Grand Valley State University and the Public Broadcasting Service have partnered with MEECS to create online support modules for MEECS Units.  The video modules demonstrate hands-on activities, provide lesson objectives, and explain how lessons connect to teaching standards.  The online support videos also demonstrate MEECS lessons being used in classrooms with students.  These modules are free and available anytime to educators.

      MEECS Online


Michigan Tech: Tech Alive

    • Michigan Tech Tech AliveMichigan Technological University has developed eighteen interactive web modules for three of the MEECS units: Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Water Quality, and Energy Resources. There are six web modules for each unit which may be used to introduce, enhance, or reinforce concepts presented in the lessons. The modules are designed for upper elementary and middle school students, but have also been used for high school and even college-level courses.