Upcoming events

    • 31 Jan 2020
    • 01 Feb 2020
    • Camp Nuhop, Perrysville

    Winter Snow – Creative Ways to Teach STEAM

    EECO Winter CONFERENCE January 31 & February 1, 2020

    The “Winter Snow CONFERENCE,” will be held at the fabulous Camp Nuhop, 1077 Hanover Twp. Rd. 2916, Perrysville, OH 44864.

    Lodging at Camp Nuhop is included with Full Conference Registration.  The accommodations are bunk rooms.  If you need a private room you can reserve a room at Mohican State Park Lodge which is over the hill from Camp Nuhop.  Rooms at Mohican are not included in conference registration. 

    Presentation topics are diverse and if possible relate to winter, but will relate to one of the following: STEM, Arts, Environmental Literacy, 21st Century Skills or Careers and the Environment. We encourage sessions to include ways of getting students reconnected to nature, interested in Environmental Careers, or that use the outdoors as a teaching tool.

    The Sessions and Scheduled Form can be downloaded here.

    Full conference (Friday-Saturday, 2 meals, snacks, and lodging) : Member $85 and Non-member $125

    Saturday Only (2 meals no lodging): Member $45 and Non-member $85

    Student Full Conference: $50 ; Sat Only $30

    Presenter Full Conference: $60

    Schedule and Session Descriptions

    Friday- January 31, 2020

    6:00 – 7:00pm              Conference Registration and Room Check–in      Location: Library7:00 – 9:00pm  Welcome/EECO Update and Roly Poly Races     Location: Dinning Hall

    EECO Update:

    Current events and programs going on with EECO and partnering organizations. 

    Roly Poly Races: 

    Join Carrie Elvey from The Wilderness Center for a huge night full of tiny critters. Participants will enjoy an info session on the roly poly, and then pit their armored isopods against each other in a many legged race to glory! Carry will continue the fun on Saturday with a session on keeping roly pollies in the classroom.

    Saturday – February 1, 2020

      7:30 –   8:00am           Morning Hike- Optional

      8:00 –   9:00am           Registration for Day Participants

      8:00 –   8:45am           Breakfast

      9:00 – 10:00am           Concurrent Sessions I

    10:10 – 11:10am           Concurrent Sessions II

    11:30 –   1:00pm           Lunch/Afternoon Optional Hike

      1:15 –   2:15pm          Keynote: Michelle Stitzlein

      2:30 –   3:30pm           Concurrent Sessions III

      3:45 –   4:45pm           Concurrent Session IV

      5:00 pm                      Evaluations and Resource distribution 

    Saturday Keynote: Creative Reuse Inspired by Nature, Michelle Stitzlein

    Michelle is an artist  who has spent time all over the country creating pieces that are represented in museum and corporate collections such as libraries, science centers, and Art museums. During this presentation she will give a digital presentation about materials available in the waste stream, and how she has utilized them in her own artwork as well as collaborative projects within schools. She will also show images of art created with found and recycled materials by several inspiring artists viewed on her travels to India, South Africa, Namibia, Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, and Peru. 

    Stitzlein was awarded two Individual Excellence Grants from the Ohio Arts Council in 2008 and 2017 and the Charley Harper Award from the Environmental Education Council of Ohio in 2019. 

    Session I Presentations: 

    Reading, Writing & Connecting with Nature: Terri Brest, The Wilderness Center

    This session will examine multiple examples of science and nature themed children’s literature. We will look at ways to encourage children to make observations and discoveries, then tell, write or illustrate their own stories based on the original book as a model. Early Childhood- Library 

    An Outdoor Education Program for 5th Grader Kate Peresie, OCVN

    In this session, participants will learn about a park district-sponsored nature journaling and field trip program for 5th graders that supports 5th grade science learning standards. We will do one or more of the lessons outdoors, weather permitting, so dress appropriately. Middle Grades- Library

    Session II Presentations: 

    An authentic field science program for middle and high school students: Environmental Heroes, Advisor: Kathryn Kwiatkowski

    Middle and high school students will share their research in an urban watershed, focused on the Doan Brook in University Circle, Cleveland, Ohio. Moving from a location in the Cleveland Metroparks, these students take on the challenges of collecting water quality data in local man-made ponds, Doan Brook, and Lake Erie. Attempts are made to collect data determining the abundance and distribution of fauna with a focus on amphibians and reptiles along the Doan Brook in and around University Circle. Their presentation will share their advocacy work that includes efforts to encourage the state legislature to develop and implement a statewide climate action plan and to save wetlands and forests. Middle School and High School- Dining Hall

    Rolypoly-ology: Pillbugs in the classroom: Carrie Elvey, The Wilderness Center

    Rolypoly, pill bug, potato bug, woodlouse – whatever you call these charismatic critters, they are the perfect classrooms animals. Learn to collect them, keep them alive (and contained) in the classroom, and use them as catalysts for investigations of all kinds. All Ages- Library

    Session III Presentations:

    Food Waste Warriors: Angela Rivera, Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

    Lean to use the Be a Food Waste Warrior curriculum from World Wildlife Fund to help your students understand the impacts of wasting food and what they can do about it. This project-based learning curriculum allows students to conduct food waste audits in their school cafeteria, analyze data, and develop an action plan to address food waste in their school.Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District conducted eighteen food waste audits in early 2019. We will present lessons learned and advice for implementing this program successfully in your school. Grades 5-12- Dining Hall

    Microscopic Observation in the Dead of Winter: Amanda Kriner, Richland County Park District

    Microscopes are an amazing tool for learning about the world for all ages. This session will provide lessons that allow for gathering of items outdoors to bring back into the classroom and observe using a digital microscope. We will discuss standard alignments for various grade levels, and using the microscope for ongoing indoor and outdoor inquiry throughout the year. All ages- Library

    Session IV Presentations:

    When in Rome, do as the Romans do! Incorporating Latin into your Classroom: Jason Larson, Richland County Park District

    Kids are pressed throughout their academic careers to learn a foreign language like French or Spanish (that they hardly ever use), but for kids contemplating a career in science, Latin can be an incredible tool. It is the universal language for scientists around the globe. We'll gather some materials outside and then explore a variety of activities to enhance your curriculum for grades K-12, using this "very much alive" language. All Ages- Library

    CSI: Critter Scene Investigation: Alli Shaw, Columbus and Franklin County Metroparks

    There has been an incident at the park! Become a 5th grader and work on a research team. Using technology and process skills you will be observing evidence, gathering data, problem solving, and drawing conclusions. This is an indoor activity and mentally, rather than physically, challenging. All Ages– Dining Hall

    • 03 Apr 2020
    • 05 Apr 2020
    • Hueston Woods State Park

    EECO 2020 Annual Conference

    “EE 2020 The Vision of the Future”

    April 3-5, 2020

    Hueston Woods State Park

    More information including registration will be made available later in the year.

    Call for Proposals are due Monday, September 30th

    Download word document hereDownload pdf here.

Past events

20 Nov 2019 FREE Teacher's Night Out: Bats Around Your Schoolyard
24 Oct 2019 FREE Teacher's Night Out: Exploring Spiders
16 Oct 2019 48th NAAEE Annual Conference
13 Oct 2019 Build Pre-school Nature Play Benefits Now
11 Oct 2019 101 Alternatives to the Chalkboard Educators Conference
09 Oct 2019 Teachers, Industry and the Environment Conference
03 Oct 2019 Grant Writing Workshop
24 Sep 2019 Teacher's Night Out: Birds in the Schoolyard
15 Sep 2019 Project WILD and Project WILD Aquatic Workshop (*Graduate credit eligible)
10 Sep 2019 BEE the Power for Our Food
05 Sep 2019 Teacher's Night Out: Outdoor PBLs
05 Sep 2019 Grant Writing Workshop
22 Aug 2019 Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative Symposium
08 Aug 2019 Summer EECO Tour- The Ohio State University and Downtown Columbus
08 Aug 2019 Healthy Water, Healthy People/ Level 1 Data Collector
06 Aug 2019 Wild School Site Workshop For Educators
31 Jul 2019 Environmental Education for Early Childhood Workshop (Growing Up WILD, WET & PLT)-Licking County
28 Jul 2019 Growing Up WILD Workshop
25 Jul 2019 Growing Up WILD Workshop/PBS Resources Workshop--Hamilton County
23 Jul 2019 School Garden Tour Series: Kiser Elementary School Tour
23 Jul 2019 Exposure to Nature Creates Resiliency-Educator Training
15 Jul 2019 Ohio EE Certification Program
13 Jul 2019 Insect ID Behavior
11 Jul 2019 Teacher's Night Out: Exploring Evolution
07 Apr 2019 EECO Tours - April Tour
04 Apr 2019 Registration is Open for the 3rd Annual Ohio Student Wildlife Research Symposium
04 Apr 2019 EECO Annual Conference Display Space
04 Apr 2019 Registration is Now Open for the 2019 EECO Annual Conference!
27 Nov 2018 EECO Award Nominations are OPEN!
18 Nov 2016 Call for Proposals for the Student Wildlife Research Symposium
18 Nov 2016 EECO 50th Annual Conference: Call for Proposals
08 Oct 2016 Save the DATE: The "101 Alternatives to the Chalkboard"
05 Jun 2016 Educator's Week at Camp Oty'Okwa
01 Apr 2016 Exhibit at the 2016 EECO Conference
01 Apr 2016 REGISTRATION: EECO Annual Conference 2016
01 Apr 2016 REGISTRATION: Half Day Friday at the EECO 2016 Annual Conference
05 Feb 2016 REGISTRATION: Winter Snow Conference- Creative Ways to Teach STEM!
09 Apr 2015 EECO Annual Conference Thursday Forum
09 Apr 2015 EECO Annual Conference 2015
06 Feb 2015 Winter Snow- Creative Ways to Teach STEM!
27 Mar 2014 EECO Annual Conference 2014
11 Apr 2013 EECO 46th Annual Conference
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