EECO Conference 2014

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.

Interns Maddie and Mysha (from left) prepare for their poster presentations. Maddie’s poster outlines her lesson on discovering pond life. Photo Credit: Kate Lowry

Interns Maddie and Mysha (from left) prepare for their poster presentations. Maddie’s poster outlines her lesson on discovering pond life.
Photo Credit: Kate Lowry

Susan, a first year intern, explains the ins and outs of her bird program “For the Birds” to a viewer. Photo credit: Josh Angelini

Susan, a first year intern, explains the ins and outs of her bird program “For the Birds” to a viewer. Photo credit: Josh Angelini

Our intern Kyle (at center) gathering a crowd at his poster presentation, entitled “Lewis and Clark and You.” Photo credit: Josh Angelini

Our intern Kyle (at center) gathering a crowd at his poster presentation, entitled “Lewis and Clark and You.” Photo credit: Josh Angelini

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.

Interns Desirae and Kate (from left) bond with an eastern fox snake and Lake Erie watersnake at one of the educational sessions provided at the EECO conference. The Lake Erie watersnake was recently removed from of the list of federally endangered and threatened species on August 16, 2011. Photo Credit: Kate Lowry

Interns Desirae and Kate (from left) bond with an eastern fox snake and Lake Erie watersnake at one of the educational sessions provided at the EECO conference. The Lake Erie watersnake was recently removed from of the list of federally endangered and threatened species on August 16, 2011. Photo Credit: Kate Lowry

 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!

The Environmental Education Certification class of 2014, with their certificates to prove it! Photo credit: Josh Angelini

The Environmental Education Certification class of 2014, with their certificates to prove it!
Photo credit: Josh Angelini

Deer Creek also has large numbers of turkey vultures that congregate and roost in the area. Notice the black dots in the treeline and on the bank near the water. They are all vultures! Photo Credit: Kate Lowry

Deer Creek also has large numbers of turkey vultures that congregate and roost in the area. Notice the black dots in the treeline and on the bank near the water. They are all vultures! Photo Credit: Kate Lowry

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