Friday, December 7, 2012

Kids In the Wild: Engaging K-12 Students in Environmental Educational Experiences

The Potomac Watershed Partnership 2012 Winter Information Exchange
WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, 2500 Foundation Way
Martinsburg, West Virginia, December 11, 2012  (9:00-3:00)

Is your group effectively reaching the next generation of environmental leaders? 

Most watershed groups and conservation agencies have “educate the public” in their mission.  It is time to take that mission off the shelf and reach out to the largest education audience, K-12 schools.  Get the tools you need to get a foot in the door at your local school.

Join us!  Learn what is happening across the Potomac Basin and beyond.  The Potomac Watershed Partnership (PWP) is a collaborative effort among federal, state, and local partners to restore the health of the land and waters of the Potomac River Basin, thereby enhancing quality of life and overall the health of the Chesapeake Bay. 

9:00     Doors open & registration.  Light refreshments served.
9:45     Housekeeping & introductions
10:00   The New Mid-Atlantic Environmental Literacy Strategy - Shannon Sprague, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
10:40   Environmental Literacy from a National Perspective - Laura Johnson Collard, Executive Director, Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education
11:20   Break
11:30   Organizational Announcements – A chance for watershed associations, schools, parks and other groups to briefly update the audience on education projects they are working on. Please sign up your group to speak during registration.
12:00   Lunch- Brown Bag or $8.50 for Daily Grind “box lunch” (due at AM registration)
1:00     Engaging Students With Local and National Parks – Andy Jackson, Coordinator of Science Instruction at Harrisonburg City Schools (Virginia)
1:30     Leaf Pack Network, Teachers and Students Investigating Stream Ecosystems - Christina Medved, M.A., Stroud Water Research Center
2:00     Extended Classroom Programs Leading To Outdoor Experiences - Ellen Murphy, Youth Education Director for Potomac Valley Audubon Society
2:30     Mapping Our Streams, National Geographic Chesapeake Bay FieldScope - Cassie Doty, University of Maryland Center for Educational Studies
3:00     Conclusion

Please RSVP online, by email to, or by phone 304-856-1385.

On behalf of the Potomac Watershed Partnership,

Frank Rodgers, Executive Director
Cacapon Institute / P.O. Box 68, High View, WV  26808
304-856-1385 /
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Monday, December 3, 2012

New opportunity for Artists, Authors & Crafters at the MAEOE conference

Enviro-Artists and Authors Walk

Calling all artists and authors! We all know that the MAEOE membership is extremely talented. This year we are offering the opportunity for you to display and sell your work.
How it works: the pool side patio rooms in the Atrium at the Princess Royale will be reserved for this purpose. You will be able to display and sell your items in your room and/or on the patio. There will 2 prime opportunities for you during the lunches on Friday and Saturday. You will be able to have your room, sell your work, and then just lock up and attend the conference. Regular room rate applies, all we ask is a $65 contribution and a donation for the silent auction. For further information, please contact Melanie Parker,