WORKSHOP SESSION 5
TUESDAY, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Creating and Adapting Activities
Matt Marsden, Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
There are many reasons and opportunities to thinking about getting outside the box and coming up with new activities that serve different purposes. It can be somewhat daunting to be faced with the challenge of coming up with say all new programming for each different weekly theme of a summer camp. In this session we will look at tools and resources available, as well as brainstorming strategies that will help to build confidence, skill, and enjoyment in creating and adapting activities whenever the need arises.
A Deeper Dive into EE Capacity (Required for EE Certification)
EE Capacity Leadership Team
In this session, participants will take an in-depth approach to grasping the state of diversity in environmental education in Pennsylvania. We will focus on tools and action steps that individuals and organizations can utilize in broadening the scope of the people they work with. This session will also offer a chance to share and learn as we grow our perspectives together.
Project BudBurst: Spring into Citizen Science!
Rebecca Whitson, Project BudBurst
Project BudBurst is entering its 10th year of data collection...so what's new? Join Becky Whitson for an overview of this award-winning Citizen Science Project, free lesson plans, projects, links to STEAM and hands on exploration of resources. Outdoor session included with a link to journaling, data collection and the opportunity for ephemeral art creation.
Linda Armstrong, Pymatuning State Park, DCNR
One of the most serious threats to the natural communities of plants and animals is the introduction of non-native species by humans. Through hands on activities we will examine how non-native species impact the ecosystem and how these species can affect our food supplies. Activities will explore biodiversity in an ecosystem and what happens when nature is out of balance. PA Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology will be addressed.
Full STEAM Ahead! Exploring Environmental Literacy, Industry, and Art in Pennsylvania (Extended Session)
Emily Thorpe, Amy Green & Norah Carlos, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
There has been a long-standing connection between science, technology, engineering, and math, but to have real world impact, these industries are reliant on innovation. Innovation is the product of creativity, an essential skill that is fostered and developed through art education. Famous photographer Charles Nègre once said, “where science ends, art begins.” This workshop will explore the connections between STEAM disciplines, nature, community, and environmental literacy. Gather inspiration through hands-on activities and learn inquiry-based techniques for empowering your students to investigate environmental problems, create awareness, and communicate ideas about taking action.
Dragonflies, Stoneflies, Mayflies, Oh My! (Extended Session)
Tara Muenz, Stroud Water Research Center
Do you know the difference between a mayfly and stonefly nymph? Or that a mayfly has a stomach as a nymph but not as an adult? Come join Stroud Water Research Center educators on an adventure into the underworld of aquatic stream benthic macroinvertebrates. From life history tidbits to teaching techniques, you’ll learn how to bring this very interesting and poorly appreciated group of animals to your audiences in a powerful and engaging way. Experiences also include macroinvertebrate identification, biotic indices, trout grow on trees, digital learning technologies and more! Be prepared for outdoor time and wear boots for getting in a shallow stream.
Environmental Education Café (Extended Session)
Shawn K. Davis, Assistant Professor, Certified World Cafe Facilitator; Rebecca Thomas, Assistant Professor, Slippery Rock University
Join fellow environmental educators and undergraduate/graduate students in a World Café style facilitated dialogue to discuss what is new and effective in the field of environmental education, with a specific emphasis on best practices for training the next generation of environmental educators. The World Café process creates a collaborative and productive dialogue and deliberately seeks everyone’s voice and wisdom in a welcoming, conversation-based, café-styled atmosphere (Brown & Isaacs, 2005). This is a great chance to get engaged, have your voice heard, and learn from others in the field.