Join Rural Action and Camp Oty’Okwa for the 9th Annual Appalachian Green Teachers Conference Oct. 27-28 at Burr Oak Lodge & Conference Center! This two-day hands-on experience is for teachers and non-formal educators interested in environmental education.



Thursday, 10/27 9:45-11:45 a.m.

  • Land Lab Collab with Jenna and Rebecca from Hocking Soil and Water
  • Investigating History with Alexandra from Ohio History Connection
  • Environmental Leadership for High School students with Carrie Vieland, Rural Action
  • Seeing the big picture by observing small things with Paul Knoop

Exhibit Viewing 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Thursday Lunch and Keynote and more exhibit viewing 12:45-2:45 p.m.

Thursday, 10/27 3-5 p.m.

  • Nothing So American with Trevor Rhodes from Ohio History Connection
  • Going Batty with DNAP, Meghan Ellis
  • The Plants that are Still Green with Joe Moosbrugger, Crane Hollow Nature Preserve
  • STEM field trip to OHIO Museum Complex, My Backyard Stream, and the Ohio STEM Learning Network with Nancy Stevens, Jen Bowman and Sandy Guinto (2-5 p.m.)

Thursday Dinner and Keynote

Friday, 10/39 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

  • STEAM Circus with Jen Parsons, Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery
  • Outdoor Programming for People with Special Needs with Kim Hale, LOL in Nature
  • Teaching Phenology with Lindsay Rist, ODNR, and Angela Hammond, Muskingum Valley ESC
  • Watershed Tour; includes packed lunch (9:15 a.m.-3 p.m.)
  • Guided Forest Therapy Walk with Nicole Kennedy, Hopewell Health

Friday Lunch and Keynote

Friday, 10/28 2-4 p.m., with some going on until 5 p.m.

  • Gateway Medicinal Plants with Molly Jo Stanley, Ohio Environmental Council
  • International Programs with Cathy Knoop, Ali McCoy, and Rural Action CSP Fellows
  • Support for student Environmental Research with Jen Dennison, ODNR, and Angela McMurray, Ohio Academy of Science
  • Project WET Climate, Water and Resilience Curriculum with Dennis Clement, Ohio EPA

Graduate Credit

Ashland University graduate credit is available for this conference. To receive credit, email for details

Contact Information

Contact Joe Brehm for more information, registration questions, or for scholarship info: 740.677.4047 ext. 300,


The Appalachian Green Teachers Conference is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors:

Rural Action
American Electric Power
Environmental Education Council of Ohio
Camp Oty’Okwa