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  • 18 Aug 2020 7:43 AM | Brenda Metcalf (Administrator)

    Winter Snow – Creative Ways to Teach STEM in the Winter!

    EECO Winter VIRTUAL CONFERENCE 2021

    This years’ “Winter Snow CONFERENCE,” will be January 30th, 2021. The conference will be held online, and presenters are encouraged to create lessons that are hands-on and transferable for classroom teachers. If your lesson has outdoor components, keep modifications in mind for students who do not have access to the outdoors at home.

    Presentation topics can be diverse and if possible relate to winter, but should relate to one of the following: STEM, Arts, Environmental Literacy, 21st Century Skills or Careers and the Environment. If interested, please fill out the presenter form completely and return by September 7th  to: Amanda Kriner at akriner@richlandcountyoh.us


  • 19 Dec 2019 12:24 PM | Ann Drake (Administrator)

    Polar Bear Toolkit: This time of year students often think about artic animals, and this toolkit could be a huge help. The polar bear resource guide is designed to give you all the information you need to teach your students about polar bears and climate change. The guide provides fun polar bear facts, why they matter, what threats they face, what WWF is doing to help polar bears and the Arctic, and what kids can do. Check it out.

    Penguins Marching Through Your Classroom: Are you learning about penguins this winter? Check out the cool resources and projects about Adelie Penguins, which only exist in Antarctica. There are lots of resources for teachers, plus citizen science projects, ask a scientist opportunities, the Postcard Project, the Flag Project, and much more! Learn more.

    Nutrient Cycling and the Serengeti: A key dilemma in studying ecology is how plants can obtain nutrients when they are relatively immobile. In this new nutrient cycling card activity that accompanies HHMI Biointeractive's newest short film, see how Serengeti plants obtain the macronutrients carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus from decomposition by soil microbes and inorganic reservoirs.

  • 19 Dec 2019 12:23 PM | Ann Drake (Administrator)

    Globe at Night: The Globe at Night program is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure their night sky brightness and submit their observations from a computer or smart phone. Light pollution threatens not only our "right to starlight", but can affect energy consumption, wildlife and health. Explore the last 12 years of data in the interactive data map, see how your city did with our regional map generator, and help put your city on the map with observations! Plus, with how early the sun goes down, it is the perfect time of year for students to make observations without having to stay up late. Get your classroom involved by checking out their website.

  • 19 Dec 2019 12:22 PM | Ann Drake (Administrator)

    Green Teacher Webinar: Using Geocaching and Orienteering as Engaging Learning Tools

    This webinar was previously recorded and is available to view until Jan. 4. This one features Becky Lewis, who has 15 years of classroom teaching experience and is always looking for ways to get students learning outdoors, and has recently used geocaching and orienteering as learning tools for prek-5th grade science. View it on YouTube.

  • 19 Dec 2019 12:22 PM | Ann Drake (Administrator)

    The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Free Webinar Series

    These engaging monthly webinars provide background information and K-12 activities related to scientific observations, inquiry, NGSS, citizen science, and outdoor learning. Educators can also opt to receive one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) from Cornell University. Learn more and register on their website.

    Student Driven Investigations: Jan. 21, 6 PM or Jan. 23, 8 PM. Put your students in the driver's seat. We'll guide you through the basics of using Investigating Evidence: how to develop observations, formulate questions, and design experiments. Learn what inquiry is and how it can help you meet the Common Core Standards, discover new citizen-science projects in ornithology and beyond, and review case studies to discover how educators foster the scientific process through observing and asking questions.

  • 19 Dec 2019 12:21 PM | Ann Drake (Administrator)

    Winter Snow: Creative Ways to Teach STEM Conference

    Jan. 31 - Feb. 1Camp Nuhop- 1077 Township Rd 2916, Perrysville, OH 44864

    Presentation topics are diverse and if possible relate to winter, but will relate to one of the following: STEM, Arts, Environmental Literacy, 21st Century Skills or Careers and the Environment. Keynote Michelle Stitzlein is an artist who will give a digital presentation about materials available in the waste stream and how she has utilized them in her own artwork and collaborative projects with schools. The Sessions and Scheduled Form can be downloaded here. Register online.

  • 19 Dec 2019 12:20 PM | Ann Drake (Administrator)

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Teacher Field School

    New this year, we will be offering periodic Teacher Field Schools that any educator can attend! These are perfect for educators considering doing a self-guided field trip, or just looking for new ideas for hikes and outdoor experiences. As always, these are free, though all teachers participating will receive a backpack with supplies (thanks to grant funding) to assist with your outdoor adventure, whether it be at a park or at school.

    Winter in the Park: Jan. 8, 4 to 5:30 PM, Cox Arboretum MetroPark's Mead Theater. While some species hibernate in winter, there's a lot of animals still active in winter and lots to explore! We will hike around the park looking at plants in winter and animal evidence. And each teacher will receive a backpack with supplies to help during winter outdoor explorations! Register online.

  • 19 Dec 2019 12:17 PM | Ann Drake (Administrator)

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Teacher's Night Out Series

    Join other like-minded, formal educators in the Montgomery County area for an evening in the park, just for teachers! We will explore new ways to connect your lessons with nature and showcase resources available in the community to help support what you do!

    Composting in the Classroom: Jan. 21, 6 to 8 PM, Cox Arboretum MetroPark's Mead Theater. Composting is a great way to turn food waste into soil for your school garden. Join other formal educators as we discover how to bring composting to your classroom, and all the activities that go hand-in-hand with this conservation action. Plus, all teachers will build their own worm bin to take back to the classroom! Register online.

  • 19 Dec 2019 12:17 PM | Ann Drake (Administrator)

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Teacher Worskhop Series

    Join other like-minded, formal educators in the Montgomery County area for an evening in the park, just for teachers. We will explore new ways to connect your lessons with nature and showcase resources available in the community to help support what you do!

    Healthy Water Healthy People: Jan. 11, 9 AM to 3 PM, Cox Arboretum MetroPark's Fifth/Third Room. Graduate credit eligible. This workshop will introduce classroom teachers to the Healthy Water, Healthy People curricula guide, help educators become comfortable teaching outdoors, and demonstrate how to utilize Five Rivers MetroParks' resources to make your curriculum come alive for students! Graduate credit (0.5) is available through Wright State University if attending this workshop. No written project required. Register online.

    Project WILD and Project WILD Aquatic Workshop: Jan. 12, 9 AM to 5 PM, Cox Arboretum MetroPark's Fifth/Third Room. Graduate credit eligible. This workshop will certify classroom teachers in the nationally recognized Project Wild curricula and allow teachers to take an in-depth look at inquiry-based learning through Inquiry Adventures. Participants will take home both the Project Wild and Aquatic guides, as well as field guides and other classroom resources, and gain access to MetroPark's Inquiry Adventures Kits: Tubs filled with a variety of outdoor scientific instrumentation for classroom use. Lunch is provided and Project WILD materials are provided free of charge by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Graduate credit (0.5) is available through Wright State University. Participants can also earn 6 Ohio Approved hours through OCCRRA. No written project required. Register online.

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