WORKSHOP SESSION 1
MONDAY, 10:00AM - 11:15AM
YUM! Insects: Using Food to Increase Program Attendance
Diane Motel, Wildlands Conservancy
Learn innovative ways to give your programs more "wow" by integrating food. This interactive workshop will include creating a mealworm stir-fry and Dutch oven cooking. We will also explore ways to incorporate food even when it is not the program focus. Recipes, activities, and ideas will be provided. Dress to be outside for the Dutch oven portion.
Getting in Touch with Nature, in Depth!
Heidi Mullendore, PA DCNR - Canoe Creek State Park
Do your programs/workshops/lessons foster a deeper connection with nature? Join us outdoors to learn effective techniques in increasing awareness and using better observation skills. These techniques easily apply to both formal and nonformal education settings. Participants should be dressed to spend time outdoors.
Wikiwatershed.org: Stewardship tools for Community Watershed Engagement & Learning
Steve Kerlin, Ph.D. & Tara Muenz, Stroud Water Research Center
Wikiwatershed® is a community web toolkit to support citizens, conservation practitioners, researchers, educators, and students to collaboratively advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water. Attendees will be guided through the online Model My Watershed (MMW) GIS and the Water Quality mobile app. MMW is designed to support citizen science efforts by providing rapid visualization of watershed data, advanced geospatial analysis capabilities, and science-based predictions of stormwater runoff and water quality. We will also explore the Water Quality mobile app. Site profile, water chemistry and physical parameters, and macroinvertebrate bioassessment data can be entered in the app, emailed to others, and interpreted for stream health determination. Some laptops will be provided, but participants are encouraged to also bring their own computer
Foundations of Environmental Education (Required for EE Certification)
Fran Bires, PAEE Program Administrator for EE Certification
This workshop will cover the foundations of environmental education, as well as the knowledge and skills necessary to incorporate quality environmental education in your instruction. We will cover the history, definition, and goals of environmental education. This workshop is required for those who have applied for Non-Formal EE Certification.
STEAM-Powered Environmental Education: Art Inspires Curiosity of Nature (Extended Session)
Elizabeth Monoian & Robert Ferry, Land Art Generator Initiative and Ann Rosenthal, LUNA
Two ecoliteracy and art education programs demonstrate how creative problem solving can effectively teach key environmental concepts and issues. Each program will present their unique approach through presentations and hands-on activities. LUNA (Learning Urban Nature through Art) is an after-school program where students learn about the trees and plants best suited for their urban environment and share what they have learned with the community. LAGI (Land Art Generator Initiative) is an international project that encourages people to think differently about renewable infrastructures through public artworks that deliver services in harmony with nature and the city.
Who the Heck are You? (Extended Session)
Tom Hartzell, Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College
Great Horned Owls ask us this all the time, which is a beautiful thing, but it's less attractive when your target audience asks that question. In this workshop, we will spend time together going through a free online marketing tool called the Smart Chart. Tom Hartzell, an experienced user of this tool, will coach any and all individuals wanting to dig into what's special about themselves and their organization, and how to communicate those distinctives to the right people in the right ways
Simple Interactions Outdoors: A Professional Development Approach to Supporting Child-Adult Interactions in EE Programs (Extended Session)
Jennifer Schnakenberg, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy & Anne McNamara, University of Pittsburgh | Conservancy Room
Child-adult interactions are at the heart of program quality and can support children in building lifelong connections to nature. Simple interactions is a professional development (PD) model that focuses on strengthening these interactions. In this session, we will describe the Simple Interactions approach, describe its inaugural use in an outdoor environmental education context, and conduct a sample workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the Simple Interactions workshop model: they will view videos of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy staff teaching and discuss them using the Simple Interactions tool.