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101 Conference

  • 07 Oct 2023
  • YMCA Camp Kern

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The “101 Alternatives to the Chalkboard" Educators’ Conference at YMCA Camp Kern is on Saturday October 7, 2023 (with the option of staying Friday and/or Saturday night).Cost: $30. Includes all sessions, programs, meals, and overnight accommodations. Scholarships and discounts available.


Please email, mail, or leave a voice mail with your info. 513-932-3756 x1527. I will get back to you with confirmation.

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  • Do you need a place to stay Friday night?            
  • How about Saturday night?
  • Describe any special dietary needs:
  • Do you have any needs or concerns?
  • Are you planning on staying for the 3mile canoe float Sunday morning?

Conference Schedule             

Friday (no formal sessions or events, but all are welcome)

·         6:30pm Check in and move in or pitch a tent -

·         Hike, Climb Pete’s Tower, relax

·         Meeting for EECO Board members in Moore Building

·         8:30pm Bring a snack and beverage and socialize, Elk Lodge

Saturday October 7th

·         7:00am            Bird Walk

·         8:00am            Breakfast

·         8:30am            Registration and social time

·         8:50am            Gathering and announcements

·         9:00-10:30      Small Group Session I

·         10:45 – 11:45am         Keynote speaker or a discovery hike 

·         Noon                           Lunch 

·         12:50pm          Gathering and announcements

·         1:00 to 2:30pm            Small Group Session II

·         2:45 to 4:15pm            Small Group Session III

·         5:30 pm                       Dinner            

·         6:30 to 7:45pm            Campfire, Songs and Stories with Chris Walker as MC

·         8:00- ???                     Star Gazing with Mark Griffen and post-campfire gathering

Sunday (like Friday, no formal sessions, but all are welcome)

·         8:00am  Breakfast and evaluations

·         9:00am to 12:00  River Hike and/or 3-mile Little Miami River Canoe Trip


Likely Sessions (so far)

  • Dark Sky and Light Pollution with Erin Shaw from ODNR
  • Nature Recycling- what mushrooms, worms, rolly polly’s and humans all have in common, with Laurie Nichols from the Greenacres Foundation
  • Ohio bats with Melissa Proffitt of the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • All Things Chocolate with Susan Sumner of Great Parks.
  • Mushrooms for Naturalists with Gia Giammarinaro of  Cincinnati Parks
  • How to Homebrew with Brian Prunty, The Unofficial Master Brewer of the EECO Brewing Company
  • A closer look at our sun with Mark Griffen, Science Teacher and Volunteer for Cincinnati Observatory's Stonelick Stargazers
  • Creating inquiry to deepen understanding, with Frances Boyens from the Fernald Preserve
  • Ways to engage children and beginners by making birding more accessible, with Joe Phelps from Greenacres
  • Beyond creepy-crawlies: arthropods as a gateway to nature connection, with Kelsey Mazur from Glen Helen
  • People and the Planet: will there be enough resources to go around, with Kayla Lawyer from Glen Helen
  • Art in the Natural World with Chris Walker from Greenacres

Other Details:

  • Session signups will be sent out later
  • Scholarships and discounts available, contact Dave M for details
  • No charge for students or interns, but registration is needed
  • Payment can be mailed in or can wait until the event.
  • Checks should be made out to “YMCA Camp Kern”
  • Mailing address is: 5291 St Rt 350 Oregonia, OH 45054

Please be aware that the activities may carry a risk of injury. Be aware of these risks and your ability. Ask for help when needed. Please let us know if you have any special needs or concerns.


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