Monday, February 22, 2010

MAEOE Conference in the News

Last weekend's 25th Annual Conference caught the attention of Kristin Harty Barkley at the Cumberland Times-News in her article, "Educators come to area to learn to teach about environment," appearing Feb. 20.
Cassie Doty had to work around the snow drifts Friday.

Using GPS and Geographic Information System technology, she showed a small group of environmental educators how to map and assess land outside the Appalachian Laboratory on Braddock Road in Frostburg.

“We just kind of winged it,” said Doty, education coordinator at the lab and a presenter at the 25th annual Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education conference.

The event, originally scheduled for Feb. 4-7, was postponed two weeks because of snowstorms that dumped more than two feet of snow on the area.

Several hundred public school teachers and other “non-formal educators” gathered at venues in Frostburg and Rocky Gap State Park for a weekend of workshops on everything from soil fertility to aquatic biodiversity, from identifying amphibians to creating a schoolyard wetland.

Read the entire piece by clicking here.