Upcoming events

    • 06 Dec 2019
    • 21 Feb 2020

    Please consider nominating an individual or organization that provide great Environmental Education in Ohio.  DEADLINE is February 21st!!!!

    Categories are below.  You can download the nomination form here

    __  Finlay-Johnson Award - given to an EECO member for making a significant or outstanding contribution to EECO.

    __  Christy Dixon Award - given to a young professional who has contributed significantly to environmental education in Ohio.

    __  Outstanding Environmental Educator in the field of formal education - given to a preschool, elementary, middle school, high school or college teacher, administrator or curriculum specialist for outstanding contributions to environmental education in Ohio.

    __  Outstanding Environmental Educator in the field of nonformal education - given to a nonformal educator for outstanding contributions to environmental education in Ohio.

    __  Outstanding Volunteer Award - given to a volunteer who has made a significant or outstanding contribution to environmental education in Ohio.

    __  The Charley Harper Award - given to a artist  who has made a significant or outstanding contribution to environmental education in Ohio through various forms of art.

    __  Organization Award - given to a business or organization that has made a significant contribution to environmental education in Ohio.

    __  Publications Award - given to a publication that has made a significant contribution to the public understanding of an environmental issue(s). 

    __  OhioAlliance for the Environment Award – given to a business or industry that is dedicated to fostering a climate of cooperation for resolving environmental problems. 

    • 21 Jan 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cox Arboretum MetroPark 6733 Springboro Pk., Miamisburg, OH, 45459

    Volunteer Opportunities Composting in the ClassroomJan. 21, 6 to 8 PM, Cox Arboretum MetroPark's Mead Theater. Composting is a great way to turn food waste into soil for your school garden. Join other formal educators as we discover how to bring composting to your classroom, and all the activities that go hand-in-hand with this conservation action. Plus, all teachers will build their own worm bin to take back to the classroom! Register online.

    • 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! Carrie 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

    • 02 Apr 2020
    • 05 Apr 2020
    • Hueston Woods State Park Lodge and Conference Center

    Welcome to the 53rd Annual Conference

    Environmental Education Council of OhioApril 2-5, 2020

    at Hueston Woods State Park Lodge 

    CEU Contact Hour Certificates and College Credit Available! 

    Many thanks to our Conference Sponsors, which include:

    Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities: If you would like to sponsor this conference, a scholarship or be a vendor for the conference please contact Brenda at 740-215-3376

    The EECO room block available until March 2, 2020   Lodging Information -Hueston Woods State Park Lodge

    5201 Lodge Rd., College Corner, OH 45003 ; Reservations - (513) 664-3500

    Ask for the “EECO Conference” room rate.
    Room Rates for Queen/King: $116.00 per Night Per Room- Lodging is not included in the conference registration fee. 

    Conference strands include:

    • Natural History
    • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and Careers

    • Strategic Growth

    • Population, Climate and Outdoor Education

    • Inclusive World of EE

    Full Conference Registration includes five meals, snacks, registration items, sessions, exhibits and conference keynotes.

    Conference highlights include:

    • Thursday, April 2 - 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Ohio Student Wildlife Research Symposium - There is a Separate Registration through EECO for this program

      Join high school students and teachers from around Ohio as they present their wildlife and habitat research projects in this fourth annual research symposium for high school students. There are half and full day registration options.  Click here to REGISTER for the Student Wildlife Research Symposium

    • Friday Night OPEN SPACE:    Have you ever had a topic that you would like to discuss at an EECO Conference? Great! Bring your topic ideas and your expertise to the EECO Open Space! During the Open Space we will have attendees put up topics they would like to discuss around Environmental Education, Outdoor Education, and Nonprofit/small organizations. Once the topics have been specified we will break up into small groups to discuss the topics. If the group you start out in is not your cup of tea please feel free to join another group, or feel free to float to various groups. We are excited to see what "Aha" moments are formed from this Friday evening activity. Lead by Jim Viles of Greenacres Foundation.

    • EECO Kids Conference 2020 - On Saturday, while you are attending EECO conference sessions, your child/children can, too! EECO is offering a Mini Conference for kids! Kids will LEARN about Environmental Education and gain an appreciation for nature and environmental stewardship. Like our adult attendees, they will CONNECT with new friends in a positive and supportive setting. This is a fabulous opportunity to enjoy the conference and begin a family tradition for your children to GROW into our future EECO Leaders, all while enjoying the amenities of the state park! Ages 6 and up are welcome!

      $15 fee per child will be charged for the full 4 session kids conference. This is payable at the registration table. Lunch is not provided. Children’s meal tickets will be available at the registration table.

    • Saturday Lunch Keynote: Chris Myers, How Environmental Educators Will Save the World

      At the onset of the 2020’s, environmental educators are on the rise. In this presentation, Chris Myers will share stories from across Project Dragonfly’s global network of conservation organizations, communities, instructors, and students to showcase how educators are forging new approaches to healthy coexistence at a scale, pace, and level of ingenuity necessary to face the complex ecological crises of our time. Chris Myers is a professor in the Department of Biology at Miami University. Along with Lynne Born Myers, they founded Project Dragonfly, a participatory education initiative that began with a national science magazine for young investigators and an Emmy- Award winning PBS television series. Project Dragonfly now operates the nation’s largest graduate degree programs devoted to community engagement in science and conservation. Chris received his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Vanderbilt, served as a Luce Scholar in Borneo, a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand, and taught environmental education at Yale.

    • Educational Workshops on Project WET, Quest,  and Vernal Pools, My Backyard Stream (field trip and workshop), NAAEE Community Guidelines
    • Field Trips: Fossil Field Trip exploring the rocks of Hueston Woods,  and EECO April Tour: the Cincinnati Urban Oasis. 
    • Graduate credit is available through Ashland University for $210 for one credit hour.  

    Please join us for a fun, hands-on, and outstanding professional development opportunity! 

    Early Bird Registration ends March 4th.  Online Registration ends March 30th.

    Scroll down to the bottom left of this web page and click the registration button to register online.

    Download the Full Conference Registration Packet here. You'll need to review this before you register online in order to pick your sessions and appropriate registration type.    

    We hope you find this conference to be an exciting and beneficial professional development opportunity. 

    If you have any questions about the program, the registration process, or any other topics or issues, please contact Brenda Metcalf, EECO Executive Director, at 740-653-2649 or director@eeco-online.org.  

    You can also contact Lynn White, Conference Co-Chair, at
    513-785-6666 or
    whitelr@butlercountyohio.org  for assistance.


    We look forward to seeing you at Hueston Woods State park!


    • 02 Apr 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Hueston Woods State Park Lodge as part of the 53rd Annual EECO Conference

    Are you a teacher currently conducting research related to wildlife and/or wildlife habitats with high school students?

    Are you a high school student involved in wildlife-related research?

    Or maybe you're a wildlife professional or wildlife enthusiast? Join us for this unique event.

    Contact Hour Certificates are available for Educators who need them for their CEUs. 

    The 4th Annual Student Wildlife Research Symposium will take place on Thursday April 2, 2020 at the Hueston Woods State Park Lodge. This symposium kicks off the annual EECO Conference and highlights wildlife-related research taking place at high schools around Ohio throughout the past year.  This year we are happy to announce that there are two keynotes, Gabe Karns, associate research professor from OSU and Corina Newsome, who is a graduate student in biology, focusing on avian conservation.

    Registration is $30/Student, $40/Adult Half Day Registration Fee (10 AM – 3 PM with lunch or 2 PM -7 PM with dinner)  OR  $55/Student, $65/Adult Full Day Registration Fee (10 AM – 7 PM with lunch and dinner)   Presenter's and Advisor's Registration is covered by a grant.  Must use a CODE for registration. 

    Parent Please note Selecting to register for this event means registering for lunch or dinner & discussion in the presentation room. In the interest of space and to ensure enough seating for the students to discuss with their peers, we encourage parents to consider instead visiting one of Hueston Woods Lodge’s two dining options: The Smokehouse (full service restaurant) or Johnny Appleseed Lounge (pizza, appetizers, full bar). The cost of food, drink, and hospitality at these establishments is not included in registration fee and is the responsibility of the guest.  ”

    The symposium is sponsored by the ODNR-Division of Wildlife, EECO-the Environmental Education Council of Ohio and the Cincinnati Nature Center.

    Registration is now open.  

    Agenda can be viewed here.

    Paper presentation abstracts can be viewed soon

    Poster presentation abstracts can be viewed soon

    Please send questions to:

    Jen Dennison, Wildlife Education Coordinator, ODNR-Division of Wildlife.

    outdoor.education@dnr.state.oh.us or 1-800-WILDLIFE.

    We know there are a lot of great research projects out there and we want to promote them. We hope to see you there!

    Student Wildlife Research Symposium Sponsors include:

    Parent Please note Selecting to register for this event means registering for lunch or dinner & discussion in the presentation room.

Past events

12 Jan 2020 Teacher Workshop Series: Project WILD and Project WILD Aquatic Workshop
11 Jan 2020 Teacher Workshop Series: Healthy Water Healthy People
08 Jan 2020 Teacher Field School: Winter in the Part
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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