Environmental Education Council of Ohio


Upcoming events

    • 03 Feb 2017
    • 04 Feb 2017
    • Camp Nuhop, 1077 Hanover Twp. Rd. 2916, Perrysville, OH 44864

    Presentation topics can be diverse and may or may not relate to winter, but should relate to one of the following:

    STEM, Arts, Environmental Literacy, 21st Century Skills or Careers and the Environment. We encourage possible session topics that include ways of getting students reconnected to nature, interested in Environmental Careers as well as using the outdoors as a teaching tool. 


    Session Descriptions and Schedule click here

    Friday- February 3, 2017

    6:00 – 7:00pm              Conference Registration and Room Check–in      Location: Library

    7:00 – 10:00pm             Welcome/EECO Update/ Environmental Careers Location: Dinning Hall

    EECO Update:

    Current events and programs going on with EECO and partnering organizations.  Environmental Career Program Update and Career Bingo!  New information and be prepared to win some great prizes!

    Saturday Keynote:

    Lisa Rainsong holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music and is a member of CIM’s music theory faculty.  Lisa also earned a Naturalist Certificate from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.  She now teaches bird song and insect song classes across Ohio and does her own field recording for these programs. In addition, she does field research on crickets and katydids – research work that is done primarily by ear.  Her recordings and photos can be found on her blog, Listening in Nature at listeninginnature.blogspot.com.

    Singing Winter into Spring

    Have you ever noticed that the first spring bird songs begin as early as late January? Our year-round residents have started singing to claim their territories and advertise for mates, and it’s actually the best time to begin learning bird song. Familiarizing yourself with their songs is much easier before the migrants and summer residents create a complex ensemble that sounds like everyone’s singing at once!

    Saturday – February 4, 2017

      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

      2:30 –   3:30pm           Concurrent Sessions III

      3:30 –   3:45pm          Break

      3:45 –   4:45pm           Concurrent Session IV

      5:00 –   6:30pm           Dinner, evaluation and Resource Distribution 

    • 06 Apr 2017
    • 09 Apr 2017
    • Deer Creek State Park Lodge and Conference Center

    Welcome to the 50th Annual

    Environmental Education Council of Ohio


    April 6-9, 2017

    at Deer Creek State Park Lodge


    For 50 years, educators from all over the state have been coming together for this conference, and we are thrilled to celebrate all those years of greatness, with many more to come. As educators, we see the future in front of us every day and we are privileged to have an influence in the lives of those we teach. This year’s theme, “Honoring the Past, Looking To the Future”, will allow us to appreciate all of the goals that have been achieved over the last 50 years. It will be a chance to see how much impact we have made over that time so that we can continue the excellence we have already achieved, improve our ability to accomplish the mission of EECO, and our missions as educators: to nurture knowledge, ideas, engagement, and to bring people together to learn and grow in our natural world.

    Conference strands include:

    • Engaging Minorities in the Outdoors
    • Environmental Careers
    • Outdoor Education
    • Fundraising
    • Technology in Nature

    Conference highlights include:

    • Keynote from Judy Braus, Executive Director from the North American Association for Environmental Education on the future of EE across the continent.
    • Friday night fun and entertaining nature interpretation from author and naturalist Denny Olson!
    • Educational field trips to Native American Earthworks, Battelle Darby Creek Metropark Nature Center, the Buffalo Soldier Monument and more!
    • Graduate credit is available through Ashland University.
    • Registered Sanitarian credits are also available.

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

    Early Bird Registration ends March 11th. Final Registration Deadline is March 24th.

    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.

    Download the Student Wildlife Research Symposium agenda here  

    Register for the Student Wildlife Research Symposium here.

    Lodging Information – Deer Creek State Park Lodge


    22300 State Park Road 20, Mt. Sterling, OH 43143   Front Desk 740-869-2020


    Reservations—(800) 282-7275.  Ask for the “EECO Conference” room rate. 


    · Room Rates for Queen, King and Bunk: $111.00 per Night Per Room

    · Room Rate for Loft:  $229.00 per Night Per Room

    · Cabin Rate:  $159.00 per Night per Cabin

    · A $79.00 Room Rate for all Room Types on Sunday Night.


    Attendees of the Conference will get a Discount Coupon to Return to the Ohio State Park Lodges.

    Complimentary Bike and Kayak Rental.


    Rooms will be held until February 17, 2017.


    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 Jen Dennison, Conference Chair,

    at 614-265-6316 or jen.dennison@dnr.state.oh.us for assistance.


    We look forward to seeing you at Deer Creek!

    Many thanks to our 50th Anniversary Conference Sponsors, which include:


    • 06 Apr 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Deer Creek State Park as part of the 50th 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?

    The 1st Annual Ohio Student Wildlife Research Symposium is a place to learn more about the wildlife-related research that is taking place in high schools around Ohio in a professional and supportive environment. 

    Registration is now open.  

    You can view the agenda here.

    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:

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