LEWISTON, Idaho – The 18th annual Idaho Environmental Education Conference will be held on the Lewis-Clark State College campus on Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, and the theme is “Rediscover your WOW through the confluence of people and place.”
The conference is open to the public, but the target audience is for teachers and non-formal educators in Idaho, and college professors and students involved in either education or environmental sciences.
The conference features two days of speaker sessions and learning opportunities. There are also exhibits and promotional giveaways. The conference highlights effective and affordable hands-on programs that encourage students to get outside and learn about their local community and environment.
The keynote session will feature a confluence of cultures through stories from a fourth grade class at Palouse Prairie Charter School in Moscow, taught by Renee Hill, and through Nez Perce youth, led by Gary Dorr and Julian Matthews. The session will highlight the students’ work in the classroom connected to their building and using cedar plank canoes to symbolize the European and Indigenous cultures in the Pacific Northwest.
On Saturday, the event has six field trips to choose from. There is also an optional ghost tour of Lewiston on Friday night.
There is a fee to attend the conference, but the amount depends on whether a person is a presenter, educator, or attendee, and what field trip they choose. To see all the registration options and to register, visit https://idahoee.org/events/2018-idaho-environmental-education-conference.
This is the first time in six years the conference has been held in northern Idaho.
The Idaho Environmental Education Association is a nonprofit organization that seeks to connect educators with a variety of resources in environmental education and engage stakeholders and elected officials to support environmental literacy.
For more information on the event, contact Jeanette Gara-Betzold at either [email protected] or call 208-791-5573.