Environmental Education 
Association of Indiana


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Concurrent Session Themes: 

*Finding Values in Green Space*

Dr. Carla Gull

Interested in including nature in your early childhood environment, but not quite sure how? Already including nature, yet want to make it more meaningful? Nature is an essential part of developing wonder in early childhood. Learn how to cultivate your own sense of wonder as we look at the foundational practices of including nature play in your space.  As educators, we are the gatekeepers for children getting outside and experiencing nature. Learn how to make daily nature play an enjoyable learning experience for all.  

Mindy Murdock

Public parks and libraries are places where people come together for regular, sustained interactions, and in the process, a community is built. Parks and libraries share similar missions and partnering makes for a more efficient, creative, better connected, and vibrant community.

Mary Cutler

Establishing connections between citizens of all ages to their local natural resources is a key component in nurturing stewardship ethics. Learn how field days and festival-style events can be structured to promote the greatest post-event impact. Participants will review models of successful events and participate in a simulated event planning process.

Abi Bymaster

In this workshop, you will learn how I take the Death and Life of the Great Lakes narrative, a local wetland (adjacent to the school), a host of hands-on activities, and a place-based learning experience to create a project that inspires students to conserve and value natural spaces.  You will work cooperatively with one another to gain experience in Project Based Learning, one that focuses on natural spaces.

Bill Street 

Bill will provide an overview of NAAEE and the upcoming efforts to expand the Associations efforts, and include current trends and how those may impact environmental education.

*Accessibility of Green Space*

Jenna Wait

Join conservationist Jenna Wait as she demonstrates some of the Elkhart County SWCD education resources. She will be featuring the Augmented Reality Sandbox along with an infiltration cart, educational kits, and free online resources

Sarah Wolf

Reaching and teaching homeschoolers can be challenging. Homeschool families often have a wide range of ages, and it can be tricky to teach everyone. Learn strategies and tricks from a park naturalist who was homeschooled!

Gretchen Weliever and Phoebe Soldi

Technology in natural settings is usually looked upon as a distraction. Not anymore! Purdue students Phoebe Soldi and Gretchen Weliever will lead a session introducing the different technologies environmental educators can utilize for classroom activities. Learn how to take advantage of technology in the context of environmental education using apps like iNaturalist, Merlin, MyTreeID, and more.  

Purdue Student Chapter of Environmental Education (SCEE) 

Join SCEE students as they share their experiences planning "Community Nature Day" - an event used to educate local community members about the environment - and how they plan to make this event more accessible in 2023.

*Incorporating Indigenous Teachings in Environmental Education Lessons*

Leslie Arnold and Dani Tippmann

A new naturalist inherits a longstanding maple syrup making field trip. Listen to the story of her journey to incorporate missing perspectives and relationships. Meet Dani Tippmann, Miami Native American, and learn steps for respectfully incorporating Indigenous perspectives into programs.

Jade Harvey – Bill and Haley Higdon

Indigenous communities have successfully practiced sustainability and environmental stewardship since time immemorial. After the decimation of Indigenous culture and knowledge, how can non-Indigenous educators act best as allies, uplifting Indigenous voices and creators, without appropriation? Jade from the Outdoor Learning Store and Haley from Natural Curiosity will share their experiences of relationship building with Indigenous mentors, lessons (continually) learned and available resources.

Tish Carr

This presentation is intended to help participants understand the value of how and why bringing Indigenous Knowledge into the curriculum framework can help enhance learning for both Native and non-Native learners.  We will also share some initial pedagogy thoughts on how this can work for educators (both formal and informal) as well as some of the opportunities to create change in the educational framework toward a journey of educational success for Native and non-Native environmental learners.

*Bridging Appreciation to Passion (Activity Sessions that provide hands-on materials using innovative ways to connect with nature)*

Dr. Justin Hougham

The Digital Observation Technology Skills (DOTS) program emphasizes scientific problem solving in environmental education. The DOTS program is an outdoor Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) lesson that uses modern mobile technology tools to connect today’s students to the outdoors in new and innovative ways. This inquiry-based program navigates the basics of the scientific method and focuses on the importance of good scientific communication and sharing discoveries with others

Stephanie Schuck

Learn how SICIM is working with local communities to manage invasive plants through grassroots efforts and building partnerships, and how you can be a part of the solution by reporting invasives with EDDMapS. Please download the app prior to the session here:https://www.eddmaps.org/indiana/

Nakeisha Washington and Steve Witta

DEEPLY ROOTED IN STEM (DRIS) introduces and prepares students in agricultural and environmental science, IOT networking introduction, park’s history, habitats for the plants and animals to help foster an appreciation for the local parks, the environment and STEM-based careers.

Stef Husek

During this session you will learn ways that the Dunes Learning Center has utilized technology for their programming to allow learners to gain a better sense of place, facilitate deeper connections, and to take their observations to the next level! Please download Google Earth prior to the session.  

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