This past weekend, our Field Instructor Interns traveled to Deer Creek State Park for the 47th annual Environmental Education Council of Ohio (EECO) Conference. While there, they presented their final poster project; the last step needed to earn their official Environmental Education Certification for the state of Ohio. During the Saturday evening poster session, the interns and their fellow classmates talked to EECO conference participants and lodge visitors about the merits of their individual program. Each intern’s poster showcased a personally developed lesson plan which correlated to the core competencies of environmental education.
There was more to the conference than just the poster session, however. EECO conference attendees also sat in on educational sessions that were supported by the conference board. The interns were able to chat with educators and individuals in environmentally-related fields of work from all over the state and gain new perspectives from their experience.
Our third year intern, Julia Kokavec, was one of the session presenters. She prepared and delivered a presentation highlighting the CVEEC’s hoop house and farm school programming. Fellow teachers and environmental educators picked up lesson ideas to use back in their own classrooms. Session attendees were able to build a miniature container garden to take home.
Overall, the weekend was a success. Our interns spent time teaching others about their poster program, and also spent time learning about new methods of implementing environmental education. Everyone learned a great deal, and it was amazing to see all of the wonderful, innovative environmental practices happening in the state of Ohio!