Welcome to the 53rd Annual Conference
Environmental Education Council of OhioApril 2-5, 2020
at Hueston Woods State Park Lodge
CEU Contact Hour Certificates and College Credit Available!
Many thanks to our Conference Sponsors, which include:
Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities: If you would like to sponsor this conference, a scholarship or be a vendor for the conference please contact Brenda at 740-215-3376
The EECO room block available until March 2, 2020 Lodging Information -Hueston Woods State Park Lodge
5201 Lodge Rd., College Corner, OH 45003 ; Reservations - (513) 664-3500
Ask for the “EECO Conference” room rate.
Room Rates for Queen/King: $116.00 per Night Per Room- Lodging is not included in the conference registration fee.
Conference strands include:
- Natural History
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and Careers
Population, Climate and Outdoor Education
Inclusive World of EE
Full Conference Registration includes five meals, snacks, registration items, sessions, exhibits and conference keynotes.
Conference highlights include:
Thursday, April 2 - 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Ohio Student Wildlife Research Symposium - There is a Separate Registration through EECO for this program.
Join high school students and teachers from around Ohio as they present their wildlife and habitat research projects in this fourth annual research symposium for high school students. There are half and full day registration options. Click here to REGISTER for the Student Wildlife Research Symposium.
Friday Night OPEN SPACE: Have you ever had a topic that you would like to discuss at an EECO Conference? Great! Bring your topic ideas and your expertise to the EECO Open Space! During the Open Space we will have attendees put up topics they would like to discuss around Environmental Education, Outdoor Education, and Nonprofit/small organizations. Once the topics have been specified we will break up into small groups to discuss the topics. If the group you start out in is not your cup of tea please feel free to join another group, or feel free to float to various groups. We are excited to see what "Aha" moments are formed from this Friday evening activity. Lead by Jim Viles of Greenacres Foundation.
EECO Kids Conference 2020 - On Saturday, while you are attending EECO conference sessions, your child/children can, too! EECO is offering a Mini Conference for kids! Kids will LEARN about Environmental Education and gain an appreciation for nature and environmental stewardship. Like our adult attendees, they will CONNECT with new friends in a positive and supportive setting. This is a fabulous opportunity to enjoy the conference and begin a family tradition for your children to GROW into our future EECO Leaders, all while enjoying the amenities of the state park! Ages 6 and up are welcome!
$15 fee per child will be charged for the full 4 session kids conference. This is payable at the registration table. Lunch is not provided. Children’s meal tickets will be available at the registration table.
Saturday Lunch Keynote: Chris Myers, How Environmental Educators Will Save the World
At the onset of the 2020’s, environmental educators are on the rise. In this presentation, Chris Myers will share stories from across Project Dragonfly’s global network of conservation organizations, communities, instructors, and students to showcase how educators are forging new approaches to healthy coexistence at a scale, pace, and level of ingenuity necessary to face the complex ecological crises of our time. Chris Myers is a professor in the Department of Biology at Miami University. Along with Lynne Born Myers, they founded Project Dragonfly, a participatory education initiative that began with a national science magazine for young investigators and an Emmy- Award winning PBS television series. Project Dragonfly now operates the nation’s largest graduate degree programs devoted to community engagement in science and conservation. Chris received his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Vanderbilt, served as a Luce Scholar in Borneo, a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand, and taught environmental education at Yale.
- Educational Workshops on Project WET, Quest, and Vernal Pools, My Backyard Stream (field trip and workshop), NAAEE Community Guidelines
- Field Trips: Fossil Field Trip exploring the rocks of Hueston Woods, and EECO April Tour: the Cincinnati Urban Oasis.
- Graduate credit is available through Ashland University for $210 for one credit hour.
Please join us for a fun, hands-on, and outstanding professional development opportunity!
Early Bird Registration ends March 4th. Online Registration ends March 30th.
Scroll down to the bottom left of this web page and click the registration button to register online.
Download the Full Conference Registration Packet here. You'll need to review this before you register online in order to pick your sessions and appropriate registration type.
We hope you find this conference to be an exciting and beneficial professional development opportunity.
If you have any questions about the program, the registration process, or any other topics or issues, please contact Brenda Metcalf, EECO Executive Director, at 740-653-2649 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also contact Lynn White, Conference Co-Chair, at
513-785-6666 or email@example.com for assistance.
We look forward to seeing you at Hueston Woods State park!