2013 LEEF Mini-Conference
Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for attending this conference. Below is a list of the conference's concurrent sessions, workshops, and presentations. You must register for which sessions you plan to attend.
Check-in: 9:30 to 10
Session 1: 10 to 11
Gardening for Grades by Lisa Gaskall
Learn how to organize, fund, plant, and teach with a school garden using Florida Agriculture in the Classroom's Gardening for Grades curriculum. The session will include an overview of the curriculum and pointers on how to organize and plant a school garden. It will include a hands-on planting activity that demonstrates science and math principles. Those attending will receive a free copy of Gardening for Grades.
Using Technology to Enhance EE by Eileen Tramontana
Do the children try to block out the outside world with earphones or electronic noise? Learn how to use social media and new technology to augment field experiences or to reach new audiences. Learn about the many technology tools that can be used in your EE program or classroom.
An Environmental Literacy Plan for Florida by Jennifer Seitz
Environmental literacy promotes understand and appreciation for the natural world that surrounds us and its interactions and relationships between the living and non-living environment. It provides knowledge, skills, and motivation to act responsibly and with consideration towards natural environments, the planet, and future generations. Learn about efforts to create an Environmental Literacy Plan for Florida.
Session 2: 11:10 to 12:10
Florida Junior Master Gardner Program by Crystal Sutherland
Ever stuck a bug or make mud pies to evaluate soil texture? The JMG teacher guide provides teachers with the tools to teach the world of gardening with novel, hands-on activities for grades 3 to 5. The program includes a study of life skills and career explorations then culminates the JMG experience with service learning projects and recognizes children's efforts with a Junior Master Gardner Certification.
What's in your Garbage? by Tyler Wood
Learn how Educate and Act is changing how children look at their garbage and teaches others to do the same. Examples of how Educate & Act is having an effect on communities through an environmental education program for grades 3 to 12 are given.
Aquatic Macro Invertebrates by Sharon Fitz-Coy
Come collect aquatic invertebrates, fish, and plant using a dip net and dishpans. After collecting, biologists will show you how to use dichotomous keys to identify what was collected. Once identified, a brief discussion of the organism's biology, habits and importance to the food chain will take place. Fish will be identified and overview of Florida's common freshwater fish will be provided. An overview of Florida's common aquatic and semi-aquatic weeds will be given as the plants collected are identified.
12:10 to 1:30 Lunch and General Membership Meeting. Lunch is provided as part of your registration.
Workshops 1:30 to 4:00 PM
Early Childhood Project Learning Tree by Lori Nicholson
Participants will take part in outdoor and indoor activities that can be used in their teaching venues. Lots of fun and hands-on. You will receive the Early Childhood PLT Activity guide and a Billy D. Brennan music CD.
Project WET 2.0 Refresher by Eileen Tramontana
Are you a former WET facilitator or teacher? Then, this workshop is for you. The new WET 2.0 has been published and you will be shown the changes in the WET program, activities, and new technology connections along with how to use the WET Portal. Former WET facilitators will learn how to facilitate WET 2.0 workshops. All participants will be provided with the new WET 2.0 manual if they bring their copy of the old WET manual. This material has been correlated to the Common Core Standards.
Archery by Barbara Gugliotti
Did you see the Hunger Games? Are you looking for a sport that even works for those of us who aren't especially athletic? Then, join a longtime LEEF member for an afternoon of learning or perfecting your archery skills! You will be the center of attention back home when you return with photos and stories of your newly-honed prowess with a bow and arrow. You will also learn all about the FWC's Youth Conservation Camp Network and how you can become part of this great network.
Butterfly Gardening Using Native Plants by Nancy Sale
Children are fascinated with butterflies! This workshop will provide a roadmap to success for implementing a butterfly habitat featuring native plants. Participants will examine creative, environmentally-friendly methods for establishing, maintaining, and using their butterfly garden, with a goal of mastering state and Common Core Standards. Teachers will leave equipped to create their own budget-friendly magical outdoor classroom.