Environmental Education 
Association of Indiana


*We will continue to add sessions as they become available.*

Jessica Helmbold - Creating Sustainable Environmental Education Programs 

In creating environmental education programs, we may become the very people we educate others not to be. How can we create public programs that are sustainable and enjoyable at the same time? I will share the many ways in which sustainability has influenced my program planning over the years.

Lisa Kern - Modeling the Watersheds of the United States 

Create a 3-dimensional model of the major watersheds of the United States based on the formation of the country over geological time, then see how urban or agricultural pollutants can move through the watershed. 

Alyssa McConkey - What the heck is Earth Force? 

Is Earth Force a bunch of superheroes or an environmental action impact organization? Perhaps both! Check out this high-level overview of Earth Force and the Process we use to support youth in tackling local environmental issues and developing civic skills in the process.

Amanda Wanlass - Phenology as a lens for environmental education: Observe Record Protect 

Phenology (seasonal cycles of biological change) is ubiquitous and accessible, making it great for EE. We’ll discuss phenology, how to incorporate it into our EE efforts and create a phenology calendar based on our collective experience for all to use.

Alison Zajdel - Incorporating Meaningful Sustainability Into Your Facility! 

Making your facility as sustainable as your programs can be tough- especially on a budget! Learn how Cope Environmental Center worked with community partners to create a space built with meaningful stories and sustainable practices. Take away tips you can use with any facility- old or new!

Sarah Wolf - Tips and Tricks on how to land that EE job

Learn how you can land that dream EE job!

Amanda Patrick - EE Activities for Global Citizenship: People, Food, Energy and Sustainability 

Discover interdisciplinary, hands-on activities to prepare students to think critically and creatively about global challenges for people and the planet, and how to turn knowledge into civic engagement. Topics include population growth, land use, biodiversity and climate change. 

Daniel Poynter - Empowering students to measure and clean up carbon trash 

Researchers at Yale found over 50% of Hoosiers are "worried" about climate, but most people don't know how to help. Through 400+ interviews, CNI discovered people want measurable, concrete, effective ways to contribute. This curriculum helps students measure their family's carbon footprint and learn how they can "clean up their carbon trash" to be carbon neutral. More available here: https://www.carbonneutralindiana.org/about and https://www.carbonneutralindiana.org/neutral-households

Jon Wassner - Water in Whitestown: Improving Sustainability in Schools and the Community 

Traders Point Christian Schools Outdoor Education is designing a unique partnership with Whitestown to examine water quality in it's community and help develop sustainable practices for students, families, and community members. 

Aaron Stump - Indiana's Wild Climate

Our Indiana’s Wild Climate Workshop explores our state’s place in the climate crisis. We discuss the origins of climate science, the implications for Indiana, and how we can do our part to fight the greatest challenge of our time.

Holly Faust - The Buzz About Our Native Pollinators 

I would like to introduce our native pollinators. Most are not aware of the diversity of our native pollinators in this country. Why are they so important to us. Why are they disappearing, and what can we do to help?

Amy Sieferman - "How Do They Do That?" 

What happens to the “stuff” we put in our recycling bin? It can find new life as lots of fun and useful things. Learn hands-on ways to make connections between natural resources and recycling.

Karin Hostetter - Where do we go from here?

COVID was an interesting challenge to environmental education and interpretation programs. It forced us to be creative, to come up with new approaches, to reach out to audiences in new ways. What did we learn that will continue into the future of successful organizations? 

Troy Hammon and Jim Poyser - Leveraging curriculum for Climate Emergency Declarations 

Leveraging curriculum to engage youth and adults in taking action for Climate Change. Troy Hammon of ICSS and Jim Poyser of Earth Charter Indiana will present on methods and milestones. 

Mary Cutler - Take a Journey Through the Carbon Cycle Game 

Do you struggle to make the complexities of the carbon cycle tangible for your audiences? Are you still finding it difficult to discuss the validity of anthropogenic climate change? This session will showcase a hands-on, role-playing activity which can help address both of these challenges! Activity handouts and other resources related to climate change education will be provided.

Dennis Schatz - Connecting In-School and Out-of-School STEM Learning

This presentation highlights effective connected science experiences featured in the journal Connected Science Learning to help participants identify ways to develop similar experiences that they can use in their science education efforts.

Sara High - Woods on Wheels

A traveling interactive exhibit that provides information about the Hoosier state’s most renewable resource, our forests. Interactive displays will immerse the senses while covering key topics in forestry. Navigating through the exhibit takes visitors from learning about the benefits of forest management and how it supports Indiana’s native wildlife to the history of Indiana’s forests and the many industries that rely on our magnificent hardwoods to produce the products we all know and love.

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