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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. firstname.lastname@example.org 513-932-3756 x1527. I will get back to you with confirmation.
- 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?
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
- 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.