8th Annual State-wide Environmental Education Conference
INSPIRED BY NATURE, WHEREVER YOU ARE!
If you attended last year’s conference you know this is a group who loves to have fun, learn about environmental resources, and be inspired by nature! Whether you are a teacher, a non-formal educator, a parent, or member of the community, the DAEE annual conference is the place to be inspired!
The DAEE Annual Conference is day of networking, professional development, sharing, and hands-on experiences. Throughout the day we explore Environmental Education (EE) opportunities, resources, best practices, and local issues to help increase our connection with nature for this and future generations. Keynote speaker, Phung Luu with Animal Behaviors and Conservation Connections will surely set us off in the right direction with an inspiring wildlife encounter. Additionally, we are excited to announce the location of this year’s conference at the new campus of the Pilot School! The campus was designed to utilize the outdoor environment and incorporate nature in many innovative ways including a living roof and large saltwater pool. The location itself is a must see, an inspiration in itself.
The success of this conference relies on a diverse and robust selection of presentations. For that we need your help!
Four strands have been developed for the 8th Annual Conference to provide a focus for presentations and engage a broad spectrum of participants. Presentations will take place during four, 50-minute sessions over the course of the day with options for single, extended or double session presentations. Presenters are expected to register for the conference at a reduced fee of $25. Lunch will be provided.
Submission deadline for proposals is Friday, December 16th 2016
Click here to submit your proposal.
For more information contact Angel L. Burns, DAEE Chair / Children in Nature Coordinator - Angel.Burns@state.de.us
8TH ANNUAL DAEE CONFERENCE STRANDS: Inspired by Nature, Wherever You Are!
Strand 1: Nature at Play
There has been a lot of talk about the benefits of unstructured nature play. This strand should address content, ideas, and practices in outdoor play spaces and activities. Possible topics for presentations in this strand include;
- Nature playgrounds / creating a nature play space
- Creating opportunities for unstructured outdoor play
- Nature play groups
- Ways to get people to disconnect and get back in nature
Strand 2: Connecting to Your Audience
The skill of tailoring your lesson or program to your audience is a sure way to be successful. Possible topics for presentations in this strand include;
- Working with different learning styles
- Reaching out to diverse community groups
- Using social media to connect to your audience
- Connecting to different age groups
Strand 3: Arts and Technology
Art and nature seem to go hand and hand, but what about technology? Incorporating ways to use technology to get people out in nature is a relatively new initiative.
Possible topics for presentations in this strand include;
- Nature journaling
- Art and nature
- Using technology outdoors
- New nature apps
Strand 4: Inspiring Nature-Based Learning
You don’t have to tell a group of environmental educators that learning can take place outside of the classroom. Possible topics for presentations in this strand include;
- Citizen Science communities & projects
- Gardens and inspiring healthy eating
- Schoolyard science and gardens