2016 Conference: Madison, Wisconsin

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 to Saturday, October 22, 2016
FROM INSPIRATION TO IMPACT

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Our 45th annual NAAEE conference and 13th annual Research Symposium, in partnership with the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education, was held in Madison Wisconsin. The conference linked powerful stories of innovation and success in EE from around the world with how environmental education builds community and creates purposeful change. We celebrated the ways in which our work inspires people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with nature, contribute to healthy environments and empowered communities, and shape a more sustainable future.

Canoe and Hike Milwaukee with the Urban Ecology Center

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7:30am to 4:30pm

Location: 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Price: 

$95 (includes transportation from Monona Terrace Convention Center, canoes, and dry bags for valuables, participants must purchase their own lunch)

Visit the Urban Ecology Center’s flagship location in Riverside Park and learn about their Neighborhood Environmental Education Project. Hike the deeply forested shores of the Milwaukee River, followed by lunch at a local microbrewery. Then, see the city from a different perspective as we enjoy an urban paddling adventure through Milwaukee's downtown.

Bike Tour de Nature Net: What Does Environmental Education Look Like in Madison?

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 8:30am to 4:00pm

Location: 

Madison, Wisconsin

Price: 

$55, includes bike rental, entry fees, and light snacks. $25, without bike rental (ride your own bike). Lunch is available for purchase at the Farmers' Market or food trucks along the way.

Join us for a full-day bike tour and see local environmental education in action! Stops along the way include Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison Children's Museum, Henry Vilas Zoo, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum, along with some fun highlights around the downtown Madison area. It's a great way to see the sights, check out the city, and learn about EE programs and partnerships in the area.

EE in the 21st Century—Where Nature Meets Technology

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Location: 

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, Wisconsin; Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona, Wisconsin

Price: 

$70 (includes transportation from Monona Terrace Convention Center, entry fees, and lunch)

Enjoy breathtaking views at Devil's Lake State Park, where you'll experience how park naturalists use iPads, bioacoustics, critter cams, and other digital tools to teach about the treasures of the "Midwestern Smokies." Then, at Aldo Leopold Nature Center, see what happens when high-tech meets high-touch—how interactive technology and mobile learning tools complement learning in the natural environment.

Facilitating Community Discussion of Controversial Issues: NAAEE's Environmental Issues Forums

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Location: 

Hall of Ideas F

Price: 

$90 (includes lunch)

Climate change, drought, energy, biodiversity.... How can we facilitate civic deliberation about controversial issues like these? Kettering Foundation and NAAEE created EIF to help. Learn about EIF, participate in a forum, and learn forum facilitation skills.

How Does Your State Environmental Literacy Plan Measure Up: Evaluating and Revising ELPs

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Hall of Ideas H

Price: 

$38

What does current research say about the development and implementation of state Environmental Literacy Plans, and more importantly, how can we work together to improve our plans? This workshop will feature a short research-based presentation and then break into small working groups. Please bring a paper or digital copy of your state ELP.

Sand County Tour

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Location: 

Aldo Leopold Foundation, Baraboo, Wisconsin; International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, Wisconsin

Price: 

$85 (includes transportation from Monona Terrace Convention Center, entry fees, and lunch)

Visit the acclaimed “sand counties” of Wisconsin, home to two giants in habitat conservation. At the Aldo Leopold Foundation, immerse yourself in the history and philosophy of Aldo Leopold and tour the famous ”Shack” and Legacy Center. At the renowned International Crane Foundation, come face-to-beak with the iconic and graceful birds the Foundation protects.

Trees in water landscape photo by Gerry Ellis
Photo credit: Gerry Ellis

Systems Thinking in EE

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Hall of Ideas G

Price: 

$68 - Systems Thinking Made Simple ($30 value) included

Systems thinking is a core skill in sustainability and environmental education. This workshop will introduce the ThinkWater systems thinking framework and provide practice in using the framework and resources to understanding complex issues and design educational programming. Includes a copy of Systems Thinking Made Simple book.

Teaching the Greatest Challenge of them All: Climate Change

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Hall of Ideas I

Price: 

$38

The presenter will first introduce his “four dimensions of climate change” that enable youth educators to properly frame the issue, and will then introduce a variety of hands-on activities that help young people understand the causes and consequences and take action in their communities. Handouts will be provided.

The Compass to Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Location: 

Hall of Ideas J

Price: 

$90 (includes lunch)

Experience the Compass model for teaching in the outdoor classroom and apply it to your own site. Its four points guide instructional practice and include: field journals, naturalists, phenology, and place. Its magnetic force is the sense of wonder. Please dress for the weather.

Welcoming Diversity and Inclusion

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Location: 

Ballroom C

Price: 

$90 (includes lunch)

Join the National Coalition Building Institute for a powerful opportunity to build your skills related to diversity and inclusion: valuing and welcoming similarities and differences; examining the misinformation that impacts our behavior toward others; understanding the role identity plays in leadership; preventing and interrupting bigoted remarks and behaviors; and learning how to be an ally to all groups.

Inquiry-Based Ecology Using a Citizen Science Trail Camera Project

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 12:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

Madison Hilton Hotel, Founder's Room

Price: 

This workshop is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of HHMI BioInteractive. Includes lunch.

Learn to use free resources to teach ecology and scientific inquiry using data collected from cameras in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. Discover a new online platform to explore and analyze data generated by citizen scientists to investigate ecological questions and concepts. Leave with a set of tools to engage your students in environmental science and biology. Note: This workshop runs from 12:00 PM–4:30 PM and includes lunch.

Inspired Conversations to Create and Maintain a Diverse Workforce

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

Hall of Ideas H

Price: 

$38

Youth Outside has been championing change in environmental education by building the capacity of organizations to have difficult and needed conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion. Join us to learn about our capacity building programs, and ways to incorporate what we have learned to create a more equitable and inclusive workplace.

Science Conceptual Framework Guides Understanding and Adapting to Climate Change

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

Hall of Ideas I

Price: 

$38

A relatively simple science conceptual framework can help people understand the causes and impacts of climate change, and also guide strategies to locally increase climate resilience. Participants will engage with place-based climate change educational resources, and explore how to adapt these ideas and resources to their local settings and audiences.

Opening Reception

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Price: 

Included with full conference registration ($30 for guest tickets)

Meet new colleagues and greet returning ones as you enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, along with the Share Fair, raptors from the Hoo's Woods Raptor Center, the opening of the Exhibit Fair, and more. Immediately following the reception, Executive Director Judy Braus will welcome participants and introduce our extraordinary keynote speaker, David Suzuki.

Share Fair

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Price: 

$35 to host a table (sign up online with conference registration)

At the Share Fair, nonprofit organizations can highlight their successful programs and inspiring ideas through tabletop displays and engaging conversations. This event will be held during the opening reception on Wednesday evening.

David Suzuki

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Ballroom AB

David Suzuki, co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning geneticist, environmentalist, and broadcaster. He is renowned for his radio and television programs that explain the complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling, easily understood way.

Dr. Suzuki is familiar to audiences around the world as host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) TV's long-running series, "The Nature of Things." From 1969 to 2001 he was a faculty member at the University of British Columbia, and is currently Professor Emeritus. He has authored over 40 books, and is widely recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology. Suzuki has received numerous awards for his work, including a UNESCO prize for science and a United Nations Environment Program medal. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and has 25 honorary doctorates from universities in the USA, Canada, and Australia. For his support of Canada's First Nations people, Dr. Suzuki has been honored with six names and formal adoption by two tribes.

From Inspiration to Impact: Why EE Matters Plenary Panel

Date and Time: 

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Ballroom AB

Join moderator Noah Manduke and EE experts Charlotte Clark, Jan Ericksen, Kartikeya Sarabhai, and Julia Washburn to discuss their unique perspectives on why EE actually matters in a world of "wicked" problems.

Author's Corner

Date and Time: 

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Price: 

$35 to host a table (sign up online with conference registration)

Want to share your latest works with conference participants? Authors can interact with conference attendees and promote, sign, and sell their publications in the Author's Corner. The event will be held in conjunction with an environmental book sale during the Thursday luncheon.

Exhibit Fair Luncheon

Date and Time: 

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 12:30pm to 2:15pm

Price: 

Included in full conference or Thursday registration ($45 for guest tickets)

Chat with exhibitors and authors, review the Poster Presentations, pick up a new book, find out what your state Affiliate is up to, bid on a prize auction item, and more—all during the Exhibit Fair luncheon.

HHMI BioInteractive Short Film Screening

Date and Time: 

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 5:30pm to 6:45pm

Location: 

Ballroom AB

Price: 

This event is free, but registration is required. Sign up online with conference registration.

Join us for a special screening of HHMI BioInteractive's newest ecology short film, Some Animals are More Equal Than Others: Keystone Species and Trophic Cascades. What determines how many species live in a given place, or how many individuals of the species can live somewhere? Learn how these questions were answered through the pioneering experiments of two young researchers: Robert Paine and James Estes. Stay after the show for a Q&A with HHMI’s science educators. Light hors d'oeuvres and one drink ticket will be provided.

Brewery Bus

Date and Time: 

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 7:00pm to 10:30pm

Price: 

$50

What better way to meet new colleagues than to spend your open evening networking over a few beers? Hop on the brewery bus and visit three Madison breweries, selected for their commitments to brewing craft beers using locally sourced ingredients.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Date and Time: 

Friday, October 21, 2016, 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Ballroom AB

Born to a Filipino mother and Malayali Indian father, Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three books of poetry: Lucky Fish, winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano; and Miracle Fruit. With Ross Gay, she co-authored Lace & Pyrite, a chapbook of nature poems. She is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Tin House. Awards for her writing include an NEA Fellowship in poetry and the Pushcart Prize. She teaches at The State University of New York at Fredonia, where she was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal of Excellence and named the campus-wide Hagan Young Scholar. In 2016-17, Nezhukumatathil will be the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi’s MFA program in creative writing.

Nezhukumatathil is also known for her dynamic and joy-filled teaching. Equally at ease in a university or high school classroom, she often serves as a poetry “ambassador,” bringing the delights and joys of reading and writing poetry to classrooms all over the country.

Voyageur Canoe Race

Date and Time: 

Friday, October 21, 2016, 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Celebrate Wisconsin's legendary voyageur heritage at this living history extravaganza! Whether you're a paddler or a supportive spectator, this fun competition in 30-foot canoes will have you cheering, paddling, and vying for trophies! Everyone is welcome; paddlers only must pre-register.

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Annual Gala and Stapp Scholarship Auction

Date and Time: 

Friday, October 21, 2016, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: 

Monona Terrace Rooftop Garden

Price: 

Included in full conference or Friday registration ($45 for guest tickets)

Join us for a spirited evening with live music, dancing, local Wisconsin fare, and time to spend with your friends and colleagues—and open your wallets to support conference scholarships!

30 Under 30: Young Leaders Making a Difference Panel

Date and Time: 

Saturday, October 22, 2016, 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Ballroom AB

The conference culminates with our annual awards luncheon along with a panel of inspirational young leaders at the forefront of environmental change.

NAAEE, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, put out a search for the top “EE 30 Under 30" individuals in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, 30 years old or younger, who are game changers in their communities. These young people are taking on leadership positions in making a difference for the planet. They're engaging their communities, building relationships, and using the power of education to create change. They're also recognizing the importance of diversity, inclusion, and equity and they’re applying those values to their work. Please join us for the closing panel on Saturday, October 22, which features four of these exceptional young people. They will be sharing their accomplishments and stories, as well as giving us advice on how to engage more young people in the future.

This panel is made possible by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Awards Luncheon

Date and Time: 

Saturday, October 22, 2016, 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Price: 

Included in full conference or Saturday registration ($45 for guest tickets)

The conference culminates with the annual awards ceremony and luncheon featuring the presentation of the Walter E. Jeske Award, NAAEE's highest honor, and an inspiring panel of young leaders selected from NAAEE's "30 under 30."