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Successes and innovative educational tools of the National Science Foundation-funded Teaching Environmental Sustainability: Model My Watershed (TES-MMW) project will be showcased. Teachers and students can use a customizable online curriculum, SensorTag environmental sensor, Runoff Simulation, and Model My Watershed GIS to learn about and improve their local watersheds.

Teachers cite a number of barriers to teaching students outdoors, which can be mitigated through effective inservice professional development in place-based environmental education. Gain insights into one successful program in which teachers integrate watershed-focused outdoor experiences into their curriculum, fostering opportunities to connect children with nature while meeting learning objectives.

Looking for a new way to engage your students or visitors in hands-on science learning? Or to contribute valuable information to research about insects and birds? In this session, we'll introduce participants to the Caterpillars Count! citizen science project and share strategies for tracking the phenology of bird food.

Under the U.S. Clean Water Act, more than 7,500 cities have permits for their stormwater systems. The first required component of such an "MS4" (municipal separate storm sewer system) is "education and outreach." Many cities could use more help from professional environmental educators. This is a primer on MS4s. See pdf for full abstract, key slides and fact sheets.

Nine grantees across Washington State engaged educators, professionals, and youth in career-related exploration through field STEM experiences, focusing on youth typically under-represented in STEM. This session will share the resulting outcomes, replicable strategies, and useful resources for implementation. Programs include forestry, fishery management, green building, environmental engineering, and water resource management.

Come to learn about resources related to case study pedagogy. This session will showcase two environmental cases (sea turtle conservation and carbon emissions) used in college-level courses to engage students in learning and practicing analytical skills. Lots of ready-to-use case study collections will be shared!

Join a roundtable discussion about the use of case studies to engage students in practicing data analysis skills. The panelists are participants of the QUBES-SESYNC faculty mentoring network and will guide a lively discussion session about best practices and challenges of the case study approach in teaching college-level environmental courses.

The Eastern Washington Forestry Internship program is a partnership between Eastern Washington Workforce Development Council and Stevens County Conservation District to delliver quality FieldSTEM programming to youth at risk. FieldSTEM refers to the process of using STEM principles in environmental science as developed by Dr. Margaret Tudor of Pacific Education Institute. FieldSTEM insists that STEM is possible if not better outdoors because of the connections to the community and opportunities for place based learning that are relevant to the learner. In the case of these internships, many students don't choose college and get stuck in poverty simply because they don't want to leave the area, their families, their community. Creating internships shows these youth the possibilities within forestry and natural resources and provides pathways for them to choose a career with a living wage.

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