2017 Conference: San Juan, Puerto Rico (Virtual Conference)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 to Saturday, October 21, 2017

Due to the impacts of Hurricane Maria, this year’s NAAEE Conference and Research Symposium have been canceled.

We established the Together for Puerto Rico fund to assist our partners and their families with recovery from the devastating effects of the hurricane. If you are able, please join our staff and board in supporting this effort.

Conference Registration Refunds
October 11, 2017: We expect most registration refunds to be processed within the next two weeks. Refunds will be made in the same manner as the original payment; check payments and wire transfers may take a little longer to process than credit card refunds.

More information on registration, lodging, and airfare refunds >

BRINGING HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CONFERENCE TO YOU!

Thanks to all our wonderful panelists, presenters, and consulting partners for making this virtual conference a reality! 

Webinars and Livestreamed events were recorded and will be posted on each event here.

2017 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Applying Research to Increase Our Impact

Using research to inform how we design, develop, refine, and promote environmental education programs—including methods to engage new and under-represented audiences—for maximum effectiveness

Sessions appropriate to this strand address such topics as:

  • Cutting-edge research that is important and relevant to all environmental educators
  • Linking research and practice: applying what we know to what we do
  • Strategies for evaluating and improving environmental education programs
  • Using research results to influence decision makers and demonstrate the value of EE
  • Developing shared outcomes that allow us to better measure our collective impact
  • Research and case studies about the benefits and challenges of learning and teaching in outdoor settings and in a culturally relevant context

Building Leadership for Environmental Literacy

Strategies for building leadership and infrastructure to further EE on the state and provincial levels, and for advancing efforts to motivate the public to take informed actions on environmental and other civic issues

Note: This strand is part of the ee360 Leadership and Training Collaborative and predetermined sessions will provide training and skill development in organizational development, cultural competency and inclusiveness, civic engagement, and strategies for teaching about environmental issues. A limited number of additional proposals will be considered by a special review team looking to enhance training in ee360's priority areas.

Sessions appropriate to this strand provide training in such areas as:

  • Diversifying and strengthening the field of EE
  • Strengthening organizations that deliver and coordinate EE, especially on the local, state, and regional levels
  • Cultivating and supporting leadership in EE
  • Providing career pathways that promote diverse EE workforces, including trade skills for green careers and opportunities in community colleges
  • Building our capacity to deliver effective, relevant environmental education for and with diverse audiences
  • Engaging the public (adults and youth) in strategies that lead to problem-solving, building community resilience, and creating more equitable and sustainable communities

Conservation and Environmental Education

Achieving conservation goals through education, communication, social marketing, and ecotourism strategies, including public participation in scientific research (PPSR) and placebased community action

Sessions appropriate to this strand address such topics as:

  • Strategies for building capacity for education within the broader practice of conservation
  • Increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the conservation movement
  • Current research and case studies on behavior change as it relates to conservation education
  • Successful tools, approaches, and educator preparation for bringing PPSR (citizen science) into the classroom or community improvement projects
  • Successful collaborations between conservation educators and practitioners in all settings, from rural to suburban to urban, as well as wild spaces, public lands, and beyond
  • Education strategies for addressing specific issues such as climate change, energy, water, biodiversity, and food systems

Educating for Sustainable Communities

Creating sustainable and equitable communities through partnership building, informed civic engagement and personal decision making, developing sense of place, systems thinking, connecting community and environment, and understanding historical impacts on communities of color

Sessions appropriate to this strand address such topics as:

  • The role of environmental education in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Achieving environmental integrity, social equity, environmental justice, and economic prosperity through education and authentic engagement of historically underrepresented communities
  • Grassroots partnerships for community improvement; characteristics of successful community action projects
  • Sense of place, inclusion, and cultural relevancy in urban, suburban, and rural communities
  • Strategies for addressing controversial issues and finding common ground
  • Incorporating culturally rooted practices into our work and understanding how people from different backgrounds relate to, engage with, and care about the environment

Green Schools

Using environmental education to transform education, enhance student achievement, conserve resources, support national and international education trends, link schools and communities, and build support for environmental education on K–12 campuses

Sessions appropriate to this strand address such topics as:

  • Green Schools as a pathway to service learning, student leadership, civic engagement, outdoor learning, and other effective education practices
  • Exemplary initiatives for greening the campus and the curriculum, including facilities management practices, district and administrative commitments, and student involvement
  • Green Ribbon and other recognition programs
  • Advancing the Green Schools movement worldwide
  • Promoting interdisciplinary instruction
  • Integrating EE into pre-service teacher preparation and in-service professional development 

Inspiring Connections to the Outdoors

Cultivating partnerships and providing outdoor education experiences that connect people of all ages and backgrounds to nature

Sessions appropriate to this strand address such topics as:

  • Early childhood environmental education and nature preschools
  • Creating and using green spaces and nearby nature in urban areas
  • Overcoming challenges associated with getting students and young children outside
  • Outdoor programs that promote physical or spiritual health and wellness
  • Developing outdoor programs that are inclusive and relevant to all audiences
  • Partnerships that increase connections to nature

El Yunque: Walk in the Cloud Forest

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8:00am to 4:30pm

Location: 

El Yunque National Forest

Price: 

$85, includes lunch and transportation.

Explore the wonders and sacredness of El Yunque, the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest System. After a visit to the El Portal Visitor Center, ascend through the rain forest to the Mt. Britton observation tower. There, surrounded by clouds, you can enjoy spectacular views. Learn about the natural and human dynamics of this jewel of Puerto Rico.
Note: This is an intermediate to challenging hike in uneven and steep terrain. Participants should be able to hike and stand for more than two consecutive hours. Conditions might fluctuate between extreme rain to sun.

Create Your Own Community Water Discussion Guide Using the Environmental Issues Forum Model

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Price: 

$85, includes lunch.

Use the new Environmental Issues Forums publication, Let’s Talk About Water, to create your own issue guide for public or classroom deliberation on local water issues. You’ll also learn how to apply this “issue framing” process to other problems, and use Let's Talk About Water as an educational tool.

Creating and Supporting Culturally Relevant Organizational Change

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8:30am to 12:00pm

Price: 

$30

Youth Outside developed the Cultural Relevancy Series to ensure that organizations are working toward creating and supporting a culture that includes and celebrates difference. Join us to learn about the series and take away tips and tools to move your organization toward a commitment to equity, inclusion, and cultural relevancy.

ENLACE: A Model of Community Restoration

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Location: 

Caño Martín Peña

Price: 

$120, includes a locally prepared lunch, bicycle and helmet rental, and boat trip.

The environmental degradation of the Caño Martín Peña, a tidal channel in San Juan, is a threat to the health and safety of over 26,000 residents living in adjacent communities. ENLACE is changing this. Take a bicycle tour of the communities and a boat tour of the San Juan Bay Estuary to experience this community-led effort to attain social and environmental justice.
Note: Participants will be exposed to seeing raw sewage waters, garbage, and debris.

Environmental Education, Ethics, and Action: Imagining Sustainable Communities, Global Citizenship

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Price: 

$85, includes lunch.

Deliberations on values associated with relationships between people and their environments are central to (re)emerging concepts of sustainable communities and global citizenship. This workshop explores educational processes that enable deliberations on values and ethics and how these may foster environmentally and socially responsible forms of environmental justice and social-ecological change.

Leaf Pack Network: An International Program for Macroinvertebrate Stream Bioassessment

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Location: 

San Juan’s First Waterworks

Price: 

$90, includes lunch and transportation.

What can slimy leaves tell us about water quality? Observe aquatic macroinvertebrate specimens, conduct experiments, learn classification skills, and calculate a biotic index in this hands-on stream study workshop. Come learn about the Leaf Pack method for collecting macroinvertebrates and the international network. Materials available in Spanish. Takeaways and door prizes too!

Partnerships for Impact in EE—Colaboraciones Transparentes: Cómo Lograr Mayor Equidad, Diversidad e Inclusión en la EA (In English and en Español)

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8:30am to 12:00pm

Price: 

$30

We will explore the role of partnerships in the implementation of environmental education projects in underserved communities. Based on research led by Community Based Organizations representing ten culturally diverse communities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, we will uncover barriers and opportunities for achieving real impact in practice.
En este taller compartiremos perspectivas de una investigación liderada por treinta comunidades culturalmente diversas y de recursos limitados. Exploraremos el rol que tienen las asociaciones en la implementación de proyectos de educación ambiental en dichas comunidades. Descubriremos oportunidades y barreras para lograr un impacto positivo y real en la práctica.

Professional Learning to Teach Instructors to Use Evidence and Explanations

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8:30am to 12:00pm

Price: 

$30

When outdoor science is taught as discovering mysteries around us, and attempting to explain them, it ignites curiosity about interacting with nature. We’ll model how to teach instructors to lead inquiry outdoors, to evaluate strength of evidence and how teaching language of science can contribute to social justice.

Puerto Rico's Sweet History and Unique Ecosystems

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Location: 

Hacienda La Esperanza Nature Reserve and Historic Site, Manatí

Price: 

$70, includes lunch and transportation.

The restored structures of one of Puerto Rico's most important 19th century sugar plantations now serve as headquarters for Hacienda La Esperanza Nature Reserve and Historical Site. Tour the plantation site and then hike through the karst hills known as mogotes, exploring the forests and natural springs of this characteristic landscape, and its role in the natural and cultural history of Puerto Rico.
Note: Expect high temperatures (85˚F-95˚F). Restroom facilities located at Visitor Center. This is an intermediate hike in uneven and steep terrain. Participants should be able to hike and stand for more than two consecutive hours.

Teach Inquiry-Based Ecology with a Citizen Science Trail Camera Project

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8:30am to 12:00pm

Price: 

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

Scientists in Panama are tracking jaguars and their prey using remote trail cameras. HHMI’s BioInteractive developed a new online platform for exploring trail camera data generated by citizen scientists. In this presentation, participants will do hands-on activities using trail camera photos and data to teach about ecology and scientific inquiry. Personal laptops required.

The GLOBE Program and Eco-Schools: Science and Sustainability in School Gardens

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Location: 

Escuela Laboratorio CeDIN, San Juan

Price: 

$90, includes lunch and transportation.

Learn about GLOBE science, Eco-Schools sustainability, and NASA resources in this interactive hands-on workshop. Conduct GLOBE field investigations through an exploration of a local Eco-School’s schoolyard habitat. Develop an implementation action plan and discover NASA resources in this interactive hands- and minds-on workshop.

The Road to NAAEE Higher Education Accreditation: A Map for Success

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Price: 

$85, includes lunch.

This workshop provides critical information for universities to become a NAAEE Distinguished College and University Program. It includes in-depth review of standards, strategies for incorporating them into curriculum, sample assessments and exemplary models with faculty members who have completed applications. Participants should bring laptops and documents to begin the process.

Train-the-Trainer Workshop: NAAEE's Environmental Education Guidelines for Community Engagement

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Price: 

$85, includes lunch.

In this workshop, participants will receive training in the use of NAAEE’s new Environmental Education Guidelines for Community Engagement and will begin to develop preliminary plans to provide Guidelines Trainings in their respective regions and professional communities.

Building a Stronger, More Inclusive Movement

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Price: 

$30

For those embarking upon equity, diversity & inclusion work, this session is part of a dynamic and rewarding journey. We start by creating a safe space and a forum for deep learning, honest exploration and open dialogue. The work before us is vital.

Climate Change Community Level Solutions: Moving from "Me" to "We"

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Price: 

$30

Join the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation as we demonstrate how to dive into the most important part of the climate change discussion—solutions! Learn research-based techniques that move concerned citizens from individual actions to community-level solutions that help us solve climate change together.

Haciendo Ciencia Ciudadana con Cámaras Trampa para Aprender Ecología (en Español)

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Price: 

Este taller es libre de costo gracias al generoso patrocinio de HHMI BioInteractive.

HHMI-BioInteractive presenta una nueva plataforma en línea que les permite a maestros, estudiantes y público en general contribuir a proyectos de investigación y conservación de jaguares en Panamá. En este taller exploraremos cómo usar esta plataforma en el aula, para ayudar a estudiantes a investigar sus propias preguntas ecológicas.

Ideate, Innovate! Connecting Research and Practice in Environmental Education

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Price: 

$30

This workshop highlights relevant findings from recent environmental education-related (EE) research, focusing on tools that help practitioners infuse research findings into their work. We use design-thinking principles of brainstorming, ideating, and rapid prototyping to incorporate research findings in EE practice and open the research-practice dialogue.

Authors' Corner

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Price: 

$35

Authors can interact with conference attendees and promote, sign, and sell their publications in the Authors' Corner. This event occurs during the opening reception.
Purchase your table by August 30 to be included in the conference program.

Opening Reception

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 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, Authors' Corner, and more. Immediately following the reception, Executive Director Judy Braus will welcome participants and introduce our extraordinary keynote speaker, Jane Goodall.

Share Fair

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Price: 

$35

Nonprofit organizations can highlight their successful programs and inspiring ideas through tabletop displays and engaging conversations. This event occurs during the opening reception.
Purchase your table by August 30 to be included in the conference program.

Jane Goodall

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE
Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute &
UN Messenger of Peace

In July 1960, Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals.

In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program.

Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots with a group of Tanzanian students in 1991. Today, Roots & Shoots connects hundreds of thousands of youth in more than 130 countries who take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment. Dr. Goodall travels an average 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.

Dr. Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Dr. Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003, she was named a Dame of the British Empire. For more information about Dr. Goodall and the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, please visit http://www.janegoodall.org. For more information on Roots and Shoots, see http://rootsandshoots.org/

Protecting an Island: What We've Learned About Natural Resource Management, Community Outreach, and Education in Puerto Rico

Date and Time: 

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 11:30am to 12:30pm

Carmen Guerrero Pérez
Director, Caribbean Environmental Protection Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Exhibit Fair Luncheon

Date and Time: 

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Price: 

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

Chat with exhibitors, review the Poster Presentations, 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 19, 2017, 5:30pm to 6:45pm

Price: 

Free with pre-registration

HHMI BioInteractive develops educational films capturing the essence of scientific thinking and the thrill of scientific discovery. Come enjoy some of our newest short films highlighting ecology and conservation biology, and featuring the work of Dr. Manual Leal, who studies the behavioral ecology of lizards in Puerto Rico. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, the screening, and a discussion session with special guests.

Rum Run

Date and Time: 

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:00pm to 10:30pm

Price: 

$68, Includes transportation, three cocktails (one per venue) and light tapas dinner.

What better way to meet new colleagues than to spend your open evening networking over a few drinks? Join the Rum Run bus and visit three Old San Juan nightspots to enjoy signature Puerto Rican cocktails. The venues were selected for their authentic local flavor. Participants must be over 21.

Climate Change, Education, and Hope

Date and Time: 

Friday, October 20, 2017, 11:30am to 12:30pm

Join us for an inspiring panel of experts in education and conservation working from a variety of angles to mobilize effective responses to climate change.

Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center and Professor from Practice, Georgetown Law
Dr. William Spitzer, Vice President for Programs, Exhibits, and Planning New England Aquarium, Boston
Vernard Williams, Director of Equity & Inclusion Alliance for Climate Education, Las Vegas, Jennifer Hubbard-Sánchez, State Specialist for Sustainable Programs, and Manager of the Environmental Education and Research Center, Kentucky State University

Gala and Stapp Scholarship Auction

Date and Time: 

Friday, October 20, 2017, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Price: 

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

Join us for a spirited evening with live music, dancing, artisan craft vendors, authentic Puerto Rican fare, and time to spend with your friends and colleagues at the incredible El Cuartel de Ballajá, the Ballajá Infantry Barracks Building. Completed in 1864, the barracks is one of the most impressive buildings constructed by Spain in the New World, and it stands as the last example of monumental architecture by the Spanish Monarchy in the Americas.

30 Under 30: Young Leaders Making a Difference Panel

Date and Time: 

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 12:00pm to 2:30pm

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

These young people are in leadership positions, 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 applying those values to their work.

Please join us for the closing panel on Saturday, October 21, featuring exceptional young people, who will will be sharing their accomplishments, stories, and advice on how to engage more young people in the future.

Awards Luncheon

Date and Time: 

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 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."

Moonlight Kayak on Laguna Grande

Date and Time: 

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: 

Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve

Price: 

$105, includes dinner and kayaks.

Sorry, this field trip is full and no longer accepting participants. Discover the secrets of the night at Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve. During this moonlit tour, see the nighttime biodiversity of the Reserve, experience the extraordinary natural phenomenon of bioluminescence as you quietly kayak along the majestic Laguna Grande, and learn about the importance of conserving this valuable ecosystem.
Note: Because the intensity of bioluminescence is not 100% predictable and depends on multiple variables, we cannot guarantee its visibility.

Nature and Old San Juan

Date and Time: 

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 9:00am to 2:30pm

Location: 

Old San Juan

Price: 

$25, includes transportation

In collaboration with the National Park Service, this walking tour will explore the crucial role of nature in shaping the structures and fortifications of Old San Juan. We'll walk thrugh bastions and historical sites, and visit the restoration laboratory in Polvorín Santa Elena to learn about the use of lime in the restoration of historical structures.
Note: 2½ hour walking tour, with stops. One hour will be in direct sunlight. Wheelchair accessible. The trip includes two hours to explore the rich history, shops, and restaurants of Old San Juan on your own.

Wetlands Adventure

Date and Time: 

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 9:00am to 4:30pm

Location: 

Los Machos Wetlands, Ceiba

Price: 

$80, includes lunch, kayaks, surface snorkeling equipment, and transportation.

Paddle, swim, snorkel, and gather scientific data! Search for and identify birds and take limnological samples on the grounds of the former naval station, and contribute your findings to Ebird and Para la Naturaleza databases. Then kayak through the channels of Los Machos Wetlands, snorkel along the mangrove roots, and discover the wildlife of the pristine red mangrove ecosystem.
Note: The kayak tour is about three hours long and requires moderate to constant exercise with the arms.

Conservation and Environmental Education

Environmental education can be a powerful tool for promoting skills and interest in STEM in an after school setting. This session was intended as an interactive opportunity to share examples of successful projects from a pilot after school EE grant program, as well as discuss how STEM-focused funding sources may be leveraged to support environmental education activities. Contact information for the presenters is provided for anyone who would like more information about the planned session discussion topics.

After years of ineffective recruitment of Hispanic youth at an ecology summer camp in rural Florida, a partnership with an employer started a customized camp for the children of the employees. Learn the story of why the partnership worked and what we’ve learned after three summers.

Exciting ecological research happening across the Americas provides meaningful resources for learners to more fully understand their local environment in relevant ways. Utilizing the Long Term Ecological Research Program’s network resources, and the Next Generation Science Standards EQuIP rubric, we will demonstrate the effectiveness of ecological phenomena to naturally provoke higher-level thinking.

The Wikiwatershed.org community toolkit features STEM resources to promote systems thinking, data collection, and interactive technologies, including online Model My Watershed GIS modeling, EnviroDIY stream sensors, a micro site runoff simulation, Monitor My Watershed, international Leaf Pack Network, the Water Quality mobile app, scientific data gathering processes, and watershed curricula.

Green Schools

Gray infrastructure is hard and angular. Green infrastructure is soft and rounded. Your students can transform gray into green, while learning myriad environmental concepts, life-long civic skills, and the practice of science and engineering. A bonus: improved water quality on your campus.

Inspiring Connections to the Outdoors

Mobile and field technologies can enhance outdoor education for digital natives. Presenters will discuss hardware and software considerations of selecting technologies to engage today’s youth in the outdoors. Case study examples will include the Water Quality mobile app and Digital Observation Technology Skills (DOTS) kits.

Director Sylvie Rokab will share clips of the film Love Thy Nature - narrated by Liam Neeson - which takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the beauty of our relationship with nature. She will discuss how her team and partners are igniting a nature-connecting movement in schools and beyond.

As we realize our deepening ecological crisis is a spiritual problem requiring a shift in our relationship to the earth, spiritual retreat centers are uniquely positioned to engage in this work. This session profiles how three Canadian environmental adult educators working at three different spiritual retreat centres are engaged in this important work in environmental adult education.

Teachers cite a number of barriers to teaching students outdoors, which can be mitigated through effective 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.

Applying Research to Increase Our Impact

Forest school programs are becoming increasingly popular around the world. Here in Canada, new programs are initiated every year across the country; there are currently almost 50 programs listed on the Forest School Canada website and over 160 certified Forest School Practitioners. Very little research has been conducted on this educational approach. Through this doctoral research study, I aim to answer the following research question: "What environmental learning is occurring in Canadian forest schools and how does this learning relate to the ecological, cultural, and historical contexts of those places?". Guided by a common worlds conceptual framework, I will collect data such as an ecological inventory, program documents, interviews and child-led tours from three forest school sites within Canada. This research will contribute to the growing conversation about child-nature relations and the utilization of natural spaces in childcare provision.

Over the past year, organizations have been applying the results from two surveys of EE related organizations in Wisconsin to inform their programming decisions. This includes a look at participation trends, economic impact, program evaluations, inclusion, accessibility, use of technology, land management, and professional development needs.

The NOAA Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program is implementing a national evaluation system designed to inform seven diverse regional programs, serving approximately 3,600 educators and 48,000 students annually. Learn about how evaluation results are used to monitor and adjust program activities and support grantees in implementing best practices.

This workshop brings liberating creativities to life, introducing EE practitioners and researchers to arts-based educational research and program design. Together we explore justice and empathy, surface and value diversity through multiple ways of knowing, and engage with arts-informed ways of researching. We introduce arts-based approaches by sharing affirmations, theories, resources, approaches, examples, and practices to support your discovery. The four motivations for this work involve building inclusion and multiple ways of knowing, developing a critical lens, leveraging creativity to build capacity for handling complexity (from the Tbilisi Declaration), and creating brave spaces for research and program design. Theories explored include environmental justice, feminist materialism, Gaian lens, and intersectionality and brave spaces, as well as the approaches of just sustainability arts, socially conscious/engaged art, STEAM, and art as a spiritual practice.

Institute for Earth Regenerative Studies & Prescott College

Building Leadership for Environmental Literacy

Come explore a resource-linked climate change concept map to learn more about causes, impacts, and solutions. Navigate to your areas of inquiry: vetted K–16 activities, effective instructional methods, science and engineering practices. Consider how a weather/climate strand map can support your work. Advise further development. Receive links to both maps!

The purpose of this study is to understand the performance and differences in knowledge, attitude, and behavior with respect to climate change, global warming, energy conservation, and carbon emission reduction in environmental educators who have been certified by Taiwan EPA since June 5, 2011, when the Environmental Education Act came into force.

The Wildlife Immersion and Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.) Program provides paid employment for culturally- and economically-diverse teens from under-supported communities in Jacksonville, Florida. Hear from the staff of this award-winning program to find ways to create nature connection, leadership development, and opportunities to promote diversity in EE in your own community.