The Meadowlands Environment Center (MEC) was formed to increase awareness and enjoyment of the Meadowlands District’s unique and vital urban ecosystem.
The agency and Ramapo College of New Jersey entered into a partnership in 2003 to develop a comprehensive environmental education program for schools and the general public. Together, the NJSEA and the experienced team of educators from Ramapo College encourage the use of the environment as a classroom, increase awareness of the natural resources of the Meadowlands, and help communities recognize the critical issues that affect the region.
The MEC offers innovative, hands-on, environmental science programs for Grades K-12 at the NJSEA’s Center for Environmental and Scientific Education (Science Center), an NJSEA facility run by Ramapo College of New Jersey. More than 20,000 students particpate in MEC education programs each year.
Classes cover a wide array of scientific disciplines including ecology, chemistry, biology, physics, natural history and astronomy. All programs comply with New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.
The Science Center was the first public building in New Jersey to be awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Certification – the highest rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Science Center itself is used as a teaching tool: educators explain to students how its rooftop solar panels, recycled building materials and other aspects of sustainable building benefit the environment.