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2011 WVEEA Conference - Canaan Valley Institute

Environmental Educ ation in the 21st Centur y

2011 WVEEA Conference

M a r c h 2 5 a n d 2 6 , 2 0 1 1

C a n a a n V a l l e y I n s t i t u t e

D a v i s , We s t V i r g i n i a


E n g a g e

E x c i t e

E x p l o r e

Environmental Education in the 21st Centur y

M a r c h 2 5 a n d 2 6 , 2 0 1 1

C a n a a n Va l l e y I n s t i t u t e

D a v i s, We s t V i rg i n i a

Canaan Valley Institute --home to beautiful

wetlands, streams, and mountains with abounding

recreation and outdoor education oppor tunities

and W VEEA is meeting here in 2011. Come to

Canaan Valley and enjoy the great outdoors as

you take advantage of captivating workshops and

network with colleagues.

Our goal for the weekend is to unite environmental

professionals, teachers (K-12, higher education

instruc tors/professors), informal educators,

and friends and families of the environment

to strengthen the environmental education

community in West Virginia—and have some fun,

too!

I n addition to building strong networks within

West Virginia’s boundaries, the annual conference

also strives to connec t West Virginia educators to

the global community of environmental education

through affiliation with the Nor th American

Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).

Conference Highlights

Friday Professional Development Seminars

Friday’s conference sessions will be half

or full day professional development

seminars. Topics will range from technology

applications, environmental curriculum,

math and literacy, and mapmaking.

Friday Night Exhibitors and Social Gathering

Bring your posters and displays to show

off your programs. We’ll also raise money

for teacher scholarships with our popular

silent auction. Cash bar and desserts will be

available.

Great Speakers and Presentations

You won’t want to miss this year’s keynote

speakers and presentations. Check out the

next page for keynote speaker bios and a

taste of this years workshops.


Keynote Address

David Sobel

David T. Sobel, M.

Ed., is the Direc tor of

Teacher Cer tification

Programs in the

Education Depar tment

and Direc tor of the

Center for Place -

based Education at

Antioch Universit y

New England. Prior to

1997, he ser ved as the

Chairperson of the depar tment for a dozen

years. He was one of the founders of The

Harrisville Children’s Center and has ser ved

on the board of public and private schools.

He is a member of the editorial board of the

journal Encounter : Education for Meaning

and Social Justice and has ser ved as a

correspondent for Orion Magazine.

H is published books include Children’s S p e c i a l

P l a c e s, B e y o n d E c o p h o b i a : R e c l a i m i n g t h e

H e a r t i n N a t u r e E d u ca t i o n , M a p m a k i n g w i t h

C h i l d r e n : S e n s e o f P l a c e E d u ca t i o n f o r t h e

E l e m e n t a r y Ye a r s and Place - b a s e d E d u ca t i o n :

C o n n e c t i n g C l a s s r o o m s a n d C o m m u n i t i e s.

H is most recent books are Childhood and

N a t u r e : D e s i g n Pr i n c i p l e s f o r E d u ca t o r s and

P l a c e - a n d C o m m u n i t y - b a s e d E d u ca t i o n

i n S c h o o l s with Greg Smith. H is ar ticles

examine the relationship bet ween child

development, authentic curriculum and

environmental education. He was the winner

of a 1991 Education Press Award. I n 2007, he

was identified as one of the Daring Dozen

educators in the United States by Edutopia

magazine. H is new book , Wild Play : Pa r e n t i n g

A d v e n t u r e s i n t h e G r e a t O u t d o o r s, will be

published by Sierra Club Books in April, 2011.

For ten years, David was direc tor of Projec t

CO -SEED (Communit y-based School

Environmental Education). This projec t

created par tnerships bet ween communities,

school distric ts and environmental

organizations in an effor t to collaboratively

improve schools and suppor t communit y

development.

David’s exploration and documentation of

the natural interests of children are the

foundation for much of his work . He has

ser ved as a consultant with school distric ts,

foundations, environmental organizations and

the National Park Ser vice to assist educators

with curriculum development, program

planning and evaluation from a learnercentered

perspec tive.

Plenary Session

Robin Anglin

Robin Anglin is the

Science Coordinator

in the O ffice of

I nstruc tion for

the West Virginia

Depar tment of

Education where

she is charged

with facilitating

professional

development for West

Virginia K-12 science teachers, assisting in

the development of resources for the Teach21

site, and writing and interpreting state

policies as they relate to science education.

She is currently focused on implementing

k it-based science programs across the state

and preparing for the incorporation of the

Nex t Generation of Science Standards into

the West Virginia curriculum. She has been a

member of the Chief Council of State School

O fficers and is a current member of the

Council of State Science Super visors.

Before joining the O ffice of I nstruc tion, Robin

was the Science Assessment Coordinator

for the W VDE and a high school science

teacher in Harrison Count y. She received a

BA Secondar y Science Education Fairmont

State College and an MA in Curriculum and

I nstruc tion of Secondar y Science from West

Virginia Universit y.


2011 Conference Schedule at a Glance

Date Time Event Location

Friday

March 25

Friday

March 25

Friday

March 25

Friday

March 25

Friday

March 25

Friday

March 25

Friday

March 25

Saturday

March 26

Saturday

March 26

Saturday

March 26

Saturday

March 26

Saturday

March 26

Saturday

March 26

Saturday

March 26

8:30 Registration CVI - lobby

10:00 – 4:30

10:00 – 12:30

Full Day Professional

Development Seminars

Half Day Professional

Development Seminars

CVI – all rooms

CVI – all rooms

12:30 Lunch CVI – Conference Room

1:00 – 1:45

2:00 – 4:30

6:30 – 9:00

Keynote Address

Robin Anglin

Half Day Professional

Development Seminars

Social and Exhibit Hall

Silent Auction

CVI – Conference Room

CVI – all rooms

7:30 Registration CVI - lobby

8:00 – 9:30

10:00 – 10:45

11:00 – 11:45

WVEEA Annual Business

Meeting

Concurrent Workshops

(45 minute sessions)

Concurrent Workshops

(45 minute sessions)

Blackwater Falls State

Park Conference Center

CVI – Conference Room

CVI – all rooms

CVI – all rooms

12:00 Lunch CVI – Conference Room

1:00 – 2:15

Keynote Address

David Sobel

Concurrent Workshops

2:30 – 4:00

(90 minute sessions)

Conference schedule subject to change.

CVI – Conference Room

CVI – all rooms

Check our website at www.wveea.org for the most current listings of professional development

seminars and workshop topics.


P r o f e s s i o n a l D e v e l o p m e n t

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Friday, March 25 will be dedicated to intense professional development oppor tunities focusing on

content-specific information, program implementation, environmental education resources, or sk ill

building. A variety of EE professionals from around the region will be delivering seminars to provide

par ticipants with take home tools for implementation in your EE programs.

The professional development seminars are either half day (2.5 hours) or all day (5 hours). We will offer

t wo sessions of half day seminars; beginning at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. The full day sessions will run from

10:00 am to 4:30 pm, break ing for lunch and the plenar y session.

Visit us online at w w w.w veea.org for an up -to - date listing of seminars and presenters.

C o n c u r r e n t W o r k s h o p s

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Our concurrent workshops will be held on Saturday, March 25. The morning sessions will be 45 minutes

long with af ternoon sessions lasting 90 minutes. Our conference strands this year are Engage, Excite, and

Explore.

ENGAGE: Presentations in this strand will feature unique programs or curricula that focus on engaging

the student in the environment, their community, learning, collaboration, leadership, or other unique ap -

proaches. Engaging approaches to programs challenges students and utilizes a student- centered instructional

strategy in which students collaboratively solve problems and reflec t on their experiences.

EXCITE: The presentations in this strand will suppor ts a multidisciplinar y approach to learning, providing

students with additional tools to enhance their learning. This strand suites projec ts that use creative

technology tools and suppor ts effor ts to appeal to different learning styles

EXPLORE: This strand encompasses programs or curricula includes outdoor play in the early years, school

grounds projec ts, recreational and adventure ac tivities, personal and social development programs, expeditions,

team building, education for sustainability, adventure therapy, and more.

Check out our website at w w w.w veea.org for the workshop abstrac ts and presenters.


Date & Time Event Location

Friday, March 25

8:30 am Registration CVI Lobby

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

10:00 am - 4:30 pm

(break for lunch and

keynote speaker)

Environmental Remote Sensing

Taking Math Outside

Making Connections to Nature

through Journaling

Flying WILD

NASA’s GLOBE Program - Soils

Growing Up WILD

Yellow Creek

Beaver Creek

Clower Board Room

Weimer Run

Devils Run Computer Lab

Blackwater River Training Lab

12:30 pm LUNCH Conference Room

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Keynote Speaker

Robin Anglin, WV Dept. of Education

Mapmaking with Children

Environmental Literacy in WV

Conference Room

Yellow Creek

Clower Board Room

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Ice Cream Social and Exhibit Hall

Blackwater Falls State Park

Conference Center

Saturday, March 26

7:30 am

Registration and

Contitental Breakfast

CVI Lobby

8:00 am - 9:30 am WVEEA Business Meeting Conference Room


Date & Time Event Location

10:00 am - 10:45 am

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Geology and Marcellus Shale

Nature Leaders Training School

NOAA’a BUOY Program

Visualizing EE in Google Earth

The Body Farm

Making Musselman Great

Mountain Top Removal

The Power of Communication

Alternative Energy in Education

Hands-On Trimble (GPS)

Lost Ladybug Project

Kids Teaching Kids

Yellow Creek

Weimer Run

Beaver Creek

Devils Run Computer Lab

Blackwater River Training Lab

Clower Run Board Room

Yellow Creek

Weimer Run

Beaver Creek

Devils Run Computer Lab

Blackwater River Training Lab

Clower Board Room

12:00 pm LUNCH Conference Room

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Keynote Speaker

David Sobel, Antioch University

Chestnut Tree Project

Conference Room

Yellow Creek

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Watershed Science Teachers

Using FieldScope

Weimer Run

Devils Run Computer Lab

National 4H20 Experiment

Blackwater River Training Lab


C o n f e r e n c e S e s s i o n s

Friday, March 25

Registration

8:30 am, Canaan Valley Institute Lobby

Morning Concurrent Sessions

10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Taking Math Outside

• Beaver Creek

• Dana McCauley, Crellin Elementar y, and Pat Delaney, Green Valley Educational Resources

This session will focus on how to integrate math by utilizing nature and the surrounding school grounds.

Teachers will learn math ac tivities and projec ts using a construc tive approach and the 5 E lesson plan

format. Teachers will also receive a disk of all ac tivities completed in the session as well as a template

for future lessons. The ac tivities in the session will focus on math concepts appropriate for third through

fif th grades, but could be easily adapted to other math concepts and grade levels.

Observe, Document, and Reflect: Making Connections to Nature through Journaling

• Clower Board Room

• Tamra Willis and Betty Gatewood, Mar y Baldwin College

Nature journaling integrates ar t with writing, science and social studies. While teaching obser vation

sk ills, it also provides a mechanism for documentation and reflec tion of experience. I n this workshop,

educators will learn to use nature journals as tools for teaching content, obser vation & reflec tion, and

collec tion of data. There are many creative ways to get students hooked on the experience of nature

journaling; this workshop will present techniques to use with K-12 students and involve par ticipants in

mak ing their own nature journals.

Environmental Literacy IS a 21st Century Skill

• Yellow Creek

• Ellen Murphy, Potomac Valley Audobon Society

At the 2010 Conference, a group of about 15 environmental educators began the conversation of getting

Environmental Literac y a par t of the W V education system. This seminar will allow par ticipants to work

together to create a plan (or at least the struc ture) for moving this topic for ward. This is NOT a repeat of

the conference session last year— only the title is the same. We will be moving for ward on the topic using

last year ’s session as the beginning of this year ’s workshop.

All Day Concurrent Sessions

10:00 am to 4:30 pm; break for lunch and keynote speaker

Flying WILD

• Weimer Run

• Shannon Dey, W VU Environmental Research Center

Teachers, youth group leaders, and nature educators in nor th and central West Virginia will soon have a

chance to fly WILD. A program of the Council for Environmental Education, Flying WILD introduces students

to bird conser vation through standards-based classroom ac tivities and environmental stewardship

projec ts. In this workshop, formal and nonformal educators can become cer tified in this environmental

education program that engages students in real-world learning, meets national science standards, and

emphasizes cross- disciplinar y approaches to learning. Exploring bird biology, behavior, sounds, flight

and habitat can be an adventure in learning for any student and teacher with Flying WILD.


NASA’s GLOBE Program - Soils Investigations

• Devils Run Computer Lab

• Todd Ensign, NASA IV&V Facility, Educator Resource Center

The Global Learning and Obser vations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an environmental

education initiative funded by NASA, NOAA, and the NSF that is ac tive in over 100 countries worldwide.

I n this workshop we will learn all GLOBE has to offer to engage students from early elementar y through

high-school in GPS and soil studies. We will cover how to use GPS to collec t environmental data for

GLOBE, the Elementar y GLOBE stor y books, and ac tivities as well as the many field measurements which

can be collec ted. You will go outside with GPS and will get your hands dir t y using the NASA ERC ’s Classroom

Soil Kit which includes 5 sets of : soil augers and color char ts to identify profiles, sampling cans and

a soil oven to test moisture, NPK to determine fer tility, pH meters, and more. Each person will receive a

copy of the Soils Teacher Guide, Scoop on Soils stor y book , and a GLOBE Cer tificate.

Growing Up WILD

• Black water RIver Training Lab

• K aren McClure, W VDNR Wildlife Resources

Growing Up WILD is a multidisciplinar y curriculum supplement for ages 3-7 focusing on wildlife and the

environment. Each workshop par ticipant will receive a free guide which includes 27 theme -based units.

Each unit has correlations to Head Star t and NAEYC standards, reading lists, outdoor ac tivities, vo -

cabular y, ac tivities which connec t health, math, ser vice learning, ar t, music and movement to the unit,

snacks, centers and ex tensions, and take home cards. Come have fun learning about animals at our free

workshop.

Lunch

12:30 pm to 1:00 pm

Keynote Address

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Environmental Education in the Next Generation

Conference Room

• Robin Anglin, W V Depar tment of Education

Our keynote speaker, Robin Anglin, will give an over view of the Nex t Generation of Science Standards,

new science standards that are being developed through an unprecedented par tnership of the National

Academy of Science, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for Advance -

ment of Science, and Achieve Inc. Anglin will describe what these draf t standards mean to W V teachers,

students, and environmental education.

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

2:00 am to 4:30 pm

Mapmaking with Children

• Yellow Creek

• David Sobel, Antioch University New England

Based on his book of the same title, the presenter explains how mapmak ing has relevance across the curriculum

and an integral par t to place -based education. Par ticipants learn how to construc t playground

based treasure hunts and engage students in literac y simultaneously. Teachers can use maps and treasure

hunts to turn the ever y day into the mysterious. The session will provide par ticipants with prototypes

as well as information about the design and execution of an integrated geography and literac t y ac tivity.

Time will be given for par ticipants to translate workshop ideas into applications in their own teaching

and program design.


Ice Cream Social and Exhibit Hall

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Blackwater Falls State Park

Join us at the Black water Falls State Park Conference Center for the evening learning about all of the

great environmental education programs and produc ts in our region. This is your chance to bid, and win,

some wonder ful items at the silent auc tion, while helping W VEEA raise money to suppor t formal educators’

attendance at our nex t conference. This is a great oppor tunity to network with other educators,

forge new par tnerships, and get reaquainted with your friends from previous conferences—all while enjoying

ice cream and your favorite beverage from the cash bar.

Saturday, March 26

Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:30 am, Canaan Valley Institute Lobby

WVEEA Annual Business Meeting (*All conference attendees are encouraged to participate.)

8:00 am to 9:30 am, Conference Room

Morning Concurrent Sessions, Session One

10:00 am to 10:45 pm

Geology and Environmental Impact of Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling

• Yellow Creek

• Beth Little, W V Chapter of Sierra Club

This will be a presentation concerning the geology, environmental impac t and legislation regarding Marcellus

shale gas drilling in West Virginia and the ex tended multi-state Marcellus area. The presentation

will include a DVD concerning community reac tion and ac tion. Links will be provided to several sources

of information. There will be a discussion of ways to use this information in environmental education.

Nature Leaders Training School: A Professional Development Experience for Secondary Science Educators

• Weimer Run

• K aren Kettler and Zachar y Loughman, West Liber t y University

This past June marked the beginning of a new professional development oppor tunity for secondar y science

educators in West Virginia, called the Nature Leaders Training School (NLTS). This one week intensive

learning experience, based in Oglebay I nstitute’s Mountain Nature Camp in Terra Alta, West Virginia,

focused on exposing teachers to various aspec ts of ar thropod biodiversity. The basis of this program was

t wo -fold: 1. to increase the content k nowledge of science educators regarding a largely understudied

group of organisms, and 2. to develop a synergistic relationship between secondar y science educators,

citizen scientists, and ar thropod exper ts from both the Carnegie Museum of Natural H istor y and West

Liber t y University in order to obtain valuable data regarding West Virginia ar thropods.

The Intersection of Life and Land

• Beaver Creek

• Tamra Willis and Betty Gatewood, Mar y Baldwin College

M ar y Baldwin College (MBC ) Graduate Teacher Education program is work ing with teachers and high

school students to study the impac ts of land use prac tices in the Shenandoah Valley and mountainous

regions of Western Virginia on the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its people. I n this NOAA B-WE T

funded projec t, high school students are designing data collec tion buoys and determining site locations

to monitor stream quality. Students are using the systems to compare local data to Chesapeake Bay I nterpretive

Buoy System (CBIBS) data and repor t it via National Geographic ’s FieldScope.

Visualizing Environmental Education in Google Earth

• Devils Run Computer Lab

• Athey Lutz and Evan Supak , Nor th Fork Watershed Projec t

We recently created an online GIS projec t using Google Ear th that displays water pH and acid mine drain-


age problems across three watersheds. The projec t shows users stream pH by color, mining permits, acid

mine drainage (AMD) discharge sites, underground mine pools, and water quality monitoring locations.

The projec t is designed to visually draw the connec tion between land use and water quality and give users

a visual way to experience the widespread problem of acid mine drainage. Another goal is to display

our citizens AMD monitoring program online. Google Ear th is free sof t ware and the projec t is hosted on

our website, mak ing it accessible to anyone online. We wish to share the lessons we learned through the

process of developing this projec t with other organizations interested in creating online GIS projec ts.

The Body Farm

• Black water R iver Training Lab

• Ellen Murphy and Wanda M iller, Potomac Valley Audobon Society

During the summer of 2010, young middle school campers at Audubon Discover y Camp were offered a

session called “ Wildlife CSI” which emphasized how forensic science can assist in the protec tion of wild

and endangered animals. Par t of the session involved “the body farm” which used chickens to demonstrate

different aspec ts of decay and the insec ts that were attrac ted to the site. The absolutely disgusting

results were about as fascinating as place -based learning can get! Not only did campers help prepare the

site and bur y “the bodies,” but they examined the results 2 weeks later. This brief workshop will describe

the session and document our results.

Making Musselman Great

• Clower Run Board Room

• Debbie Stevens, Musselman H igh School

M ak ing Musselman Great outlines an environmental PBL conduc ted with the W VU Watershed D yanmics

projec t. The presenters will go over the projec t, highlights, lessons learned, and tips for success. Participants

will learn how to successfully incorporate a PBL into the chemistr y (or biology) curriculum and

offer specific tips to insure success for the novice to the PBL process.

Morning Concurrent Sessions, Session Two

11:00 am to 11:45 pm

Mountain Top Removal Strip Mining—World’s Worst Environmental Disaster

• Yellow Creek

• Julian Mar tin, W V H ighlands Conser vanc y

This will be a presentation concerning the geology, environmental impac t and legislation regarding

M ountain Top Removal Strip M ining for coal in West Virginia and surrounding states. Links will be pro -

vided to several sources of information. Par ticipants will discuss ways to use this information in environmental

education.

The Power of Communication: A Guide to Working with the Media

• Weimer Run

• Jennifer Garlesk y, W V Conser vation Agenc y

Whether you’re a nonprofit group or a school-based environmental education program it can be difficult

to get your message out to the media. Par ticipants will learn about the various types of media and how

to work with individuals from this industr y. Attendees will also learn tips on how to write a press release,

how to create a press k it, take photographs and much more. The presentation also highlights why it is

impor tant to get your message out. When groups work successfully with the media it can lead to various

grant oppor tunities, donations, and hopefully they will be noted as an exper t in the community.

Introducing Alternate Energy Sources In WV Education

• Beaver Creek

• Gene Turchin, Fairmont State University, STEM Innovation Center

As the US moves into the 21st Centur y and our energy needs grow, how do we teach our children about

the need to embrace alternate energy sources such as solar and wind to meet our energy needs? I n West

Virginia, where a large par t of the economy is dependent upon coal, how do we introduce and teach

these concepts without seeming to be negative toward coal? This presentation will also examine the viability

of solar and wind sources in West Virginia.


Hands-on Trimble GPS and WetCollect

• Devils Run Computer Lab

• Christine I ksic, Precision Laser & Instrument, Inc.

This 45 minute workshop will be an audience integrated demonstration of Trimble handheld GPS and

WetCollec t field sof t ware for wetland delineation purposes. Developed to run on Windows Mobile handheld

devices, WetCollec t features a highly intuitive touch screen inter face which enables wetland pro -

fessionals to reduce repor t time by more than 50% by allowing them to digitally record wetland data in

the field and eliminate handwritten repor ts. With the click of a button, the data collec ted in the field

with WetCollec t can be transmitted to a secure website and easily accessed to print, email, or save their

updated regional wetland delineation data form as a PDF. Par ticipants will also hear about the Trimble

Edcuation Program which provides handheld GPS equipment at a frac tion of the traditional cost to all

education institutes.

The Lost Ladybug Project

• Black water R iver Training Lab

• Carly Ferguson, Carroll Count y Outdoor School

Ladybug populations across Nor th America are changing due to the introduc tion of non-native ladybug

species. This workshop will present the Lost Ladybug Projec t of Cornell University. The projec t involves

authentic science and a fun oppor tunity to get outside with k ids. The Lost Ladybug Projec t can be utilized

in a formal or non-formal classroom setting. Geared toward an elementar y or middle school curriculum,

the Lost Ladybug Projec t is a fun way to get k ids involved in real-life science. Prepare to learn

all about native and non-native ladybugs and what is currently happening to their populations. You will

learn how to capture, photograph, and identify these insec ts and submit your data to scientists and ento -

mologists at Cornell University.

Kids Teaching Kids (and Adults!) About Nature

• Clower Board Room

• Erin Smaldone, W V Botanic Garden

We all k now that one of the best ways to learn is to teach others. So instead of just teaching k ids about

nature, let ’s give them the tools and encouragement to teach us! The idea is that you create teaching k its

full of information, props, and ac tivities on a par ticular subjec t, as well as tips on how to be an effective

teacher/presenter. From there, students learn the subjec t matter and prepare a shor t presentation

to teach the public at a special event or busy day at your site. The k ids love it, the public loves it, and it ’s

a great way for ever yone to learn. I n this workshop, the presenter will go through the steps involved in

setting up this program and show a few examples.

Lunch

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Keynote Address

1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

Place-based Education: Test Scores and Going Beyond Test Scores

Conference Room

• David Sobel, Antioch University New England

David Sobel is a nationally-renowned name in place - and enviornmental education. He has authored

numerous books on topics such as sense of place and design principles for educ tors. W VEEA is thrilled to

host M r. Sobel as our 2011 keynote speaker.

A decade ago, the Moore Foundation decided not to fund environmental education because there was

a lack of data to suppor t its effec tiveness. There’s now data to suggest that place -based education can

improve test scores, change teacher behavior, improve school climate, increase stewardship behavior and

even improve environmental quality.


Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

2:30 am to 4:00 pm

Crellin Elementary Chestnut Tree Project

• Yellow Creek

• Four th and Fif th Grade Students, Crellin Elementar y

Through a STEM initiative, four th and fif th grade students at Crellin Elementar y School have become

involved in a problem-based learning projec t researching the American chestnut tree. This presentation

will demonstrate how students utilized internet resources to learn about the chestnut tree histor y

in their region, including the blight which infec ted the tree, and the economic and historical impac t the

destruc tion of the tree produced. Student generated questions required the use of a global positioning

system to collec t data on the number of chestnut trees in the area as well as the use of both science and

mathematics tools to determine the condition of the trees located. ArcMap and Google Ear th were utilized

to plot and locate the trees on the map. Students created projec ts using Web 2.0 tools to explain

their learning and research and will be shared with par ticipants.

Watershed Science Teachers

• Weimer Run

• Teachers from Preston, Marion, and Harrison Counties

Through an Improving Teacher Quality grant, 18 science teachers from Preston, Harrison, and Marion

counties were trained on watershed dynamics, projec t-based learning, GIS, and water monitoring probe -

ware. This training program was implemented by Fairmont State University, the NASA Educator Resource

Center, and Friends of Deckers Creek . O ver a week-long course, teachers learned how to integrate watershed

education into their classrooms while engaging their students in inquir y-based science using technology.

Following the training period, Friends of Deckers Creek staff provided in- classroom and in-field

suppor t for the teachers’ watershed science learning modules. During this presentation, you will hear

about each par ticipating teacher ’s unique projec t-based approach; projec t successes and challenges, and

student reac tions to this hands- on watershed science learning experience. The presenting teachers will

show photos of their projec t implementation and we will discuss future steps for sustaining watershed

science projec ts in the classroom.

Using the FieldScope Online Mapping Tool to Expand Your Stream Investigations in the Chesapeake Bay

Watershed

• Devils Run Computer Lab

• Cassie Doty, University of Mar yland Center for Environmental Science - Appalachian

Laborator y

This workshop will demonstrate how National Geographic ’s FieldScope program—a user-friendly online

geospatial tool— can be used to add a bird ’s- eye -view to student environmental investigations in the

Chesapeake Bay Watershed. We will review the sof t ware’s key func tions and guide par ticipants through

our FieldScope -based curricular materials, which explore landscape impac ts on stream water quality. We

will also discuss ways par ticipants can integrate FieldScope into their own environmental education pro -

grams.

Need more Science? Extend the National 4-H20 Experiment into Six One-hour Science Sessions

• Black water R iver Training Lab

• Sherr y Swint, W VU K anawha Count y Ex tension Ser vice

Stop by this H20 science workshop, par ticipate in an experiment, and receive science lesson plans to

take home to use. The program evaluation discussed will reflec t how youths’ curiosities in science are

stimulated af ter being a par t of this six session science program. Using the experiential learning model,

youth par ticipate in six sessions to learn about scientific inquir y. These lessons are targeted to the third

through fif th grade student yet simple enough that lead educator does not need a strong background in

science. These lessons allow for easily replication by af terschool staff and other educators.


C o n f e r e n c e P r i c i n g

Early bird; $104 for two days and $84 for one day ; Januar y 1 to Februar y 11

Regular; $124 for two days and $104 for one day ; Februar y 12 – March 11

Procrastinator; $144 for two days and $124 for two days ; March 12 – March 25

Student rate is $84 for two days.

**Scholarships are available for K-12 teachers for full conference. Please contac t Sara Finchman at strutter654@yahoo.com

for questions or information about scholarships.

C o n f e r e n c e A c c o m o d a t i o n s

Conference lodging is available at a discounted rate at Black water Falls State Park. The rate for single

occupanc y in the lodge is $74.60. There are a limited number of rooms at the lodge so call early to book .

Reser vations must be made by March 1, 2011. Make your reser vations by calling 304.259.5216 or visit

them on the web at w w w.black water falls.com. Don’t forget to mention the W VEEA conference when

mak ing reser vations.

Don’t forget to sign up for space in the Exhibit Hall at the Friday night Social Event. We’ll also be hosting

the Silent Auc tion, so bring a donation or your check book-- or BOTH!

Do you have questions? We have answers.........

General conference and presenter information

Vick i Fenwick-Judy

vick i.fenwick@canaanvi.org

Registration and scholarship information

Sara Finchman

strutter654@yahoo.com

Silent auc tion information

Sandra Fallon

sfallon@mail.w vu.edu

Exhibit hall and social event

Rob Stull

rstull@floc.org

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