The Plains, OH—Scholarships for teachers are available for the upcoming Inquiry-Based Education Conference taking place November 1st – 3rd at Burr Oak State Park. “We know that schools operate on tight budgets and we don’t want that to be a barrier for teachers to participate in the conference.” Said Joe Brehm Environmental Education Director at Rural Action. The teacher scholarships are made possible by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Now in its third year, the conference brings together more than 100 teachers’, administrators’, informal educators’, and students’ around inquiry-based environmental and outdoor education. Although the conference is three days long attendees can choose to attend for one or two days as well.
Over the course of the three day event, more than 20 sessions will take place covering topics such as hands-on solar and wind turbine building, prairie ants and butterflies, environmental impacts of acid mine drainage, a tour of local school land labs, and more. One session features Jen Dennison from Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the state Project WILD Coordinator, who will present about a WILD School Sites grant program. Sue Smith, of Keep America Beautiful is traveling from Chicago to share a “Waste in Place” curriculum developed for K-6 students. Additionally, a natural resource professionals’ career panel is being organized by the Wayne National Forest.
“There is so much research now about the positive effects of inquiry-based learning and environmental education; we want to help as many teachers as possible incorporate these experiences into their classrooms.” Said Brehm.
The cost to register for the full conference is $100. For those who are unable to participate for the entire conference, the cost is $40 per day, including meals. Additionally, graduate credit is available and certificates provided for CEUs. The scholarship application and conference registration is available at http://ruralaction.org/eeconference The deadline to register for the conference is 10/28.
The 3rd Annual Inquiry- Based Education Conference is sponsored by: The Sugar Bush Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, Rural Action, Camp Oty’Okwa, Wayne National Forest, Upgrade Athens, O’Bleness Health Systems, and the US EPA.
Rural Action is a member-based sustainable community development organization. Their mission is to foster social, economic, and environmental justice in Appalachian Ohio. Rural Action’s Environmental Education program works to connect students and teachers in Appalachian Ohio with outdoor learning opportunities. They collaborate with schools to meet science, language arts, math, and social studies standards through environmental education. Learn more about Rural Action at www.ruralaction.org
Director of Environmental Education, Rural Action
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