We host events and provide services to increase student involvement with campus and community environmental issues. We’re an active group of MES students dedicated to addressing academic and social needs of MES students.

What does MESA do?

Our mission is to provide social and academic support to current MES students. We provide academic and professional opportunities for students to get involved with the Evergreen campus and greater Olympia community through various volunteer projects. Opportunities include beach clean-ups, ecological restoration work, participation at local environmental events, participation at campus-led symposiums and forums, and service work with several state agencies and organizations. We also provide professional development opportunities by connecting students with local, regional, and state environmental events in addition to covering associated costs through our PDF grant program. Further details on professional development funding and application can be found in the MESA Professional Development Funding application (PDF).

MESA also hosts the annual Rachel Carson Forum at The Evergreen State College every spring. The event promotes environmental awareness that is accessible to students, staff, faculty, and community members alike. See below for details.

We are not all academic! MESA further supports students by hosting social events that foster friendships. We plan movie nights to showcase films on environmental issues and host fun outings such as hiking trips! We look forward to meeting you!

Why join MESA?

  • Find financial assistance for student professional development opportunities
  • Gain valuable connections with fellow MES students, MES Alumni, and the greater Evergreen-Thurston County community
  • Student Empowerment: MESA serves as a professional means of retaining students’ voices and opinions in the larger MES Program
  • Presence on campus: educate the Evergreen community about the MES Program and local environmental issues
  • Networking opportunities with local organizations & businesses
  • Resume building capacity: great experience for future careers!
  • This is an organization for you, run by you; our focus is based on your input!

The Rachel Carson Forum

Each year, the Master of Environmental Studies Association (MESA) hosts the annual Rachel Carson Forum in honor of Carson's influential and important environmental research, writings and activism. The Forum invites activists, scientists, writers and speakers to present and engage with the community to promote environmental awareness and discussion. Next Spring 2019 marks the 30th annual Rachel Carson Forum—an event that will welcome all community members to campus to listen and participate in environmental challenges and solutions.

MESA members will determine next year’s theme this coming Fall Quarter. Stay tuned for updates!

Rachel Carson (1907 – 1964)

​Rachel Carson was an aquatic biologist whose writings have been highly influential to the environmental movement and the formation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1970). Carson is most well known for her incredible writings on the marine environment and the animals that comprise these ecosystems. Her books Under the Sea-Wind (1941), The Sea Around Us (1951) and The Edge of the Sea (1955), chronicle life in marine habitats and made aquatic science accessible to the public. In 1962, Carson’s landmark book, Silent Spring was released and warned of the impacts chemical pesticides, such as DDT, presented to the environment. She challenged the chemical industry for providing the public with false information regarding pesticide use and questioned the concept that human beings could achieve mastery over the natural world. Rachel Carson was a courageous woman who showed us the influence one person can attain with determination and the power of the written word.

Meet your coordinators

MESA Coordinators are here to answer questions you have regarding joining MESA, how to receive PDF funding, how to get involved in a volunteer event, and any other questions regarding this student group.

Second year cohort coordinator

Hillary Foster

First year cohort coordinator

Kevin Lester

See what we’re up to!

A link to our events calendar is coming soon…

Upcoming opportunities

  • 2019 Orientation
  • Fall Equity Symposium