Conference Schedule

Want to start planning your conference experience?  The following is a list of the field trips, walks, activities, sessions, and research symposium presentations planned for the 2017 conference!  More complete details will be available in the full conference program, coming soon.

Friday, September 29

Field trips:

Canoeing the Cape Fear's Story
Raven Rock Exploration
Early Childhood Nature PlaySpaces: A Raleigh TACO Sampler


It's Our Air
Excellence in EE: Using the NAAEE Guidelines

Agape Walks:

Geology of Agape: Agape is located on the Fall Line, the boundary between the Piedmont and the Coastal Plain geographical regions.   As such, there is a veritable plethora of geological wonders to behold!   Join us on a hike as we visit a magnetite mine glory hole, quartz veins, Meditation Rock (it’s exfoliating!), and more. Led by Randy Bechtel and Mir Youngquist-Thurow.  8:30am-11:30am.

Historical Discovery Hike: Explore the trails of Agape while learning about the pre-Agape history.   Log cabin, slave cemetery, WWII plane crash, moonshine… these are all part of the fascinating history of this land from when the first person to settle here after the Native Americans arrived.  (Fun fact – his name was Peter Parker.)   And, of course, there are many discoveries to be made of the natural world as we hike through a variety of ecosystems. Be ready for hiking about five miles over varied terrain.   Located on the Fall Line and next to the Cape Fear River, Agape has a lot of hills, streams, and a variety of ecosystems to explore.   Good hiking shoes and a water bottle recommended.   Walking stick, cameras, and anything else to carry are optional.  Led by Mir Youngquist-Thurow.  1:30-4:30pm.

Saturday, September 30

Lessons from Research to Practice Rachel Szczytko
Connecting Culture and Citizen Science Jessica Metz-Bugg
Learning from each other: challenges and insights from scientist-educator networks Rebecca Lauzon
Beyond the Standards Jessica Kellermann
Program Evaluation Partnerships: Findings from NCSU and Muddy Sneakers  Rachel Szczytko
Effective Communication in Environmental Education Lisa Tolley
How big is your tree? Renee Strnad
Ten Games to Teach Leave No Trace That Your Participants Won't Forget Ruby Compton
TheLand: A Resource Management Game Thomas Shepherd
Trail Camera Mini-Workshop Tanya Poole, Kevin Hining
Virtual Bioblitzes: Putting iNaturalist to Work For You! Chris Goforth
Citizen Science Sampler: Projects You Can Implement at Your Site Ericka Hincke
Incorporating Literacy in your outdoor education classes Tammi Remsburg
Balance in the Estuary Rachel Bisesi
Connecting Students to the World Through Explorer Backpacks Krista Brinchek 
Nurturing A Sense of Wonder  Sandy Dixon
Using Themed Discovery Packs to Facilitate Self-Directed Outdoor Learning & Play Kelly Cosby
How to Build an Engaging Instructional Kit Lauren Daniel
Best Practices to Connect Adults with Environmental Education Shelby Gull Laird
Getting Your Ducks in a Row: Tips and Tricks of the Trade Mir Youngquist-Thurow
The Leopold Society - Inspiring the Next Generation of Conservationists Michael Nye
EE Activities for a Very Popular Planet Srijana Guilford
Developing Curriculum Based Environmental Education Programs and Field Trips Thomas Randolph
Story Stones for Educators Stacie Hagwood
Marine CSI: Coastal Science Investigations Kimberly Belfer
What on Earth Are We Doing? Phyllis Weatherly-Rosner
Let’s Rock Our World Randy Bechtel
Environmental Chemistry Dorothy Holley
Keeping the Natural Sciences in STEM Martha Fisk

Sunday, October 1

Concurrent sessions:

Expeditionary Science Outcomes and Best Practices Dottie Shuman, Misty Varnell, Blair Ogburn
Ecological Knowledge and Cherokee Myth: What is proto-observation? Stacy Brooks
Communicating With Schools So They Will Listen Ruby Compton
How to Choose A Community Partnership Project for Your Environmental Education Certification Lisa Tolley
Teaching Science with Technology: Using EPA’s EnviroAtlas in the Classroom Jenna Hartley

Research Symposium Posters and Presentations

  • An Investigation of Teens' Connectedness to Nature after the MYLES of Science Program
  • Can Intergenerational Transfer Lead to Increased Climate Literacy?
  • Pathways from Outdoor Recreation to Connection to Nature 
  • Teacher's Decision Making Regarding Attending Climate Change Professional Development Opportunities
  • A Scientist-educator Network to Improve K-12 Science Literacy
  • Environmental Justice in North Carolina: Past and Present

Environmental Educators of North Carolina

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Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4904

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