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“You have 20 minutes. Go!” -Lauren Pyle, WNC Nature Center Okay, they didn’t actually say that - but in January 2018, I teamed up with Linda Kinney of the NC Zoo to facilitate a rapid introduction to the NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence for the AZA’s southeast region educators conference. We were initially planning a 50 minute concurrent session, but the organizers wanted us to present to everyone, and based on the schedule we ended up with 20 minutes to engage all 60+ conference attendees. Impossible as though it may seem, we ended up having great conversations, building an amazing assessment toolkit, and attempted to convince a bunch of zoo educators that they are indeed environmental educators. We accomplished this by utilizing pre and post activities to extend our contact. As school and program assessment was a major theme of this conference, we decided to focus on the Guidelines for Learning (K-12).

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Guest blogger Ryan Meyer, Executive Director of the Center for Community and Citizen Science out of the University of California-Davis, shares a suite of resources newly available through the Youth-focused Community and Citizen Science (YCCS) website.

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Join us on Tuesday, March 20, from 3:00-4:15 pm EST for the March installment of NAAEE's Monthly Webinar Series. We will hear from Michael Margolis, a global expert in storytelling and how to communicate innovation. As the CEO of Get Storied, he is an advisor to Silicon Valley including Facebook and Google, a 2x TEDx speaker, and a cultural anthropologist who teaches the world how to think in narrative.

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Moderator Endorsed: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

The Urban Environmental Education M.A.Ed. program at Antioch University Seattle is seeking candidates to form a diverse cohort of graduate students who will work hard to understand the dynamics of race and equity, diversity and inclusion in relation to environmental issues. Learn more about this partnership opportunity and further graduate program details by joining the online eePro discussion starting Monday, February 12, 2018.

Juan Martinez, a National Geographic Explorer, TED speaker and the Children and Nature Network’s Director of Leadership Development and James Riley McGirt, Project Learning Tree National Office
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The 2018 MAEOE (MD Assoc. of Environmental and Outdoor Education) conference was held in Ocean City, MD Feb 1- 4, 2018. The conference theme, Expand Your Influence, Empowering Action for the Environment promoted inclusion, diversity, and environmental action. MAEOE encourages, engages and empowers the community to understand, responsibly use and promote the natural world.

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Check out our February Newsletter! It's jam packed with must-read articles and info. Start with our feature story and learn seven practical strategies for incorporating nature-based learning into your existing preschool or childcare center. Then be sure to read our Member Spotlight on Prescott College's Center for Nature and Place-Based Early Childhood Education. And don't miss the job opportunities, how to register your interest in our upcoming international World of Wonder conference, the newest Alliance members, upcoming professional development events, how to submit a proposal for the 2018 NAAEE conference in Spokane, and finally learn how to participate in a graduate student's survey of nature schools. And if you have news you'd like to share with the early childhood environmental education community, let us know.

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In the series of how nature impacts us, Marghanita Hughes has a perspective that brings to the fore the importance of the arts as a vehicle for looking at nature and creating a place for art. Oft times in our trying to partition academic disciplines, we leave the arts as an aside. It is integral and is essential. One cannot separate it any more than we can separate hearing and seeing, they interconnect. When we love something, we want to know more about it, we are more inclined to protect it because it has value. So it is with nature and how the arts can make us more connected to our environment. As Marghanita says: "Life is truly beautiful....what is loved will survive...we protect what we love!"