Western Slope Environmental Education Summit- Better Together: Sharing Educational Practices, Resources, & Collaboration

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Join the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) and environmental education (EE) providers and supporters from agencies, nonprofits, schools, and environmental, nature, conservation fields for an engaging summit to learn and share new ideas, practices and resources!  Come build stronger connections with other emerging and current local environmental education leaders through engaging conversation, sessions and roundtable discussions.  


Date/Time: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 

9:40am-10:00am: Check In & Morning Refreshments

10:00am-4:00pm: Summit  

Location: Delta Performing Arts & Education Center,  822 Grand Avenue, Delta, CO 81416 

Registration: CAEE appreciates you registering in advance for logistical planning purposes, however, welcomes on-site registrations. If you choose to register on-site, please bring cash or a check.

Cost: Full Day Rates ($45- CAEE Member; $55 non-member);

Half-Day Rates- Morning or Afternoon Only ($20 CAEE Member; $25 non-member)  

Discounted Rate: If you are not a CAEE member and would like to become one and receive a discounted member rate for this and other events, click here for more information and to join. 

Credit:  This event is not available for continuing education credit.  However, CAEE will have a certificate of participation at the event that lists the professional development you attend and how many hours it is. It is the participant's responsibility to ensure that the time you spend at our events meet the criteria of the program/institution you are trying to apply them to. 

Cancellation Policy: If you are no longer able to attend this event, we must receive an email notification at least 2 business days prior in order to receive a refund due to food being provided for this event. Registrations can be transferred to another person. 

For Questions:  Email Malinda Mochizuki at outreach@caee.org

 


 TENTATIVE AGENDA

(Subject to Change-event details will be posted as they become available)

Morning Networking/Check-In: 9:30-10:00am

10:00am-12:00pm

  • Welcome, Introductions, Updates- Collaboration Activity
  • Roundtable Discussions 
  • Lunch

12:00pm-4:00pm

  • Session Block #1 (2 simultaneous sessions on different topics)
  • Session Block #2 (2 simultaneous sessions on different topics)
  • Session Block #3 (2 simultaneous sessions on different topics)
  • Closing-Share Out and Takeaways 

We hope that you can join us for the full day! However, if you can only join for part of the day, please indicate that by selecting morning only or afternoon only when you register.


Sessions: (Please note this information is subject to change.)

More Kids in the Woods and and TEN, an Unbeatable Combination!, Anita Evans, Delta County School District Foundation & Anne Janik, US Forest Service

The More Kids in the Woods program is connecting students in Delta and Ouray counties to nature! Through a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Grand Mesa Nordic Council and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, students have an opportunity to get out and explore nature in winter. During the last two years, over 700 students learned about snow science, animal adaptations to winter, winter safety and experienced “the thrill of the glide” on Nordic skis. In 2014, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife developed a new “TEN” program (Teaching the Environment Naturally) for Delta County schools incorporating the winter ecology field day into outdoor classroom curriculum for sites on Grand Mesa, Solar Energy International, the Escalante Dominquez NCA, an organic farm, riparian areas, and in the school yard. Come learn more about this unbeatable combination of experiences. 

Interpreting Science: A Crash Course in Communicating Complex Scientific Topics Effectively, Elise Mulder Osenga, Aspen Global Change Institute

Understanding a scientific concept and communicating that same topic can present two very different challenges. In this session, we will explore basic techniques and strategies for translating complex concepts in a way that is accessible for and interesting to your audience. This session is designed for both formal and informal educators and includes interactive components as well as take-home resources.

Outdoor Wilderness Lab, Frank McGee, Colorado Parks & Wildlife and Greg Weckenbrock, Mesa County Valley School District 51

This session will provide an overview of a pilot outdoor lab program run cooperatively by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Mesa County Valley School District 51 with multiple other partners.  Topics to include curriculum development, funding sources, monitoring and evaluation, and steps to move from a pilot to a district wide program.

Sustaining Wildness: Reflective Discussion, Sarah Johnson, Roaring Fork Conservancy

Engage in a reflective discussion about wildness and wild places with other environmental education professionals. Sarah Johnson, from Roaring Fork Conservancy, a recently trained Land Ethic Leader with the Aldo Leopold Foundation will guide an active discussion exploring our understanding of wildness and hopefully re-inspire you to foster wildness in your life and EE pursuits.  

Using environmental education to support science instruction in the classroom, Gina Garret, Walking Mountains

In this workshop participants will be given insight into the benefits of environmental education.  We will look at how EE can support science content standards in the classroom and will provide examples of hands-on engaging activities. In addition we will discuss how to collaborate with public schools in your community, how to best integrate informal science education with classroom instruction and the importance of striving to achieve a common goal: better science education for all students.

Emerald Ash Borer: Threat to Colorado Forests,Shawna Crocker, Colorado State Forest Service-Project Learning Tree

Learn about our latest insect pest, which is predicted to kill most of our ash trees in coming years.  Ash make up 15-20% of all our shade trees, so besides the economic impacts, we’ll lose many of the ecosystem services these huge trees provide. Experience activities from various sources, receive fact sheets and information material, study our EAB kits, and learn how to identify ash trees. Invasive species are as big a threat to many of our ecosystems as wildfire. 


CHECK OUT OTHER CAEE'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Friday, March 27-Saturday, March 28, 2015, Auraria Campus-Denver: 

Explore Research, Elevate Practice, Spark Collaboartions-Colorado's Advancing Environmental Education Conference  

September 30th, 2014 9:30 AM   through   4:00 PM
Event Registration Western Slope
Full Day CAEE Member $ 45.00
Full Day Nonmember $ 55.00
Morning Only Member $ 20.00
Morning Only Non-Member $ 25.00
Afternoon Only Member $ 20.00
Afternoon Only Non-Member $ 25.00

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