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2019 COEEA Annual Conference


Our Conference on March 27th at Winding Trails was a huge success! Thank you to all our attendees and presenters! Winding Trails in Farmington, CT was a gorgeous location for a day devoted to Environmental Education.


Our keynote speaker Tara Jo Holmberg, award-winning EE instructor at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, delivered an amazing keynote address, “Looking Ahead: EE and a Diverse Future.”


More about the Keynote Speaker: Tara Jo Holmberg is Professor of Environmental Science and Biology and the STEM Department Chair at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. She has served as the advisor for their environmental science and natural resources programs for 17 years and serves on several local conservation boards. Tara Jo holds an M.A. in Marine Science, a M.S. in Education, and a M.S. in Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies. In 2017, she was a finalist for the National Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award and awarded CT’s Northwest Conservation District’s Educator of the Year.  She was recently named the 2018 NEEEA Formal Environmental Educator of the Year. 

Congratulations to our awardees, who were recognized at the conference!!


Winding Trails

Organization of the Year:


Melissa Gibbons Environmental Educator of the Year


Jennifer Bradshaw

Excellence in Environmental Stewardship

Congratulations to Weston High School for their certification as a CT Green LEAF School! Pictured below is the banner that they received at the recent COEEA Conference, which they will now proudly display. Weston High School is a Green Ribbon nominee, too! 


For more information about CT Green LEAF Schools and Green Ribbon, click here.

View Our Conference Program for Workshops, Presenters, and Details: 2019 COEEA Conference Booklet

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