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Delaware Envirothon!

August 15, 2014

It’s time once again to begin thinking about the 2015 Delaware Envirothon.

The Envirothon is an environmental program and competition for high school age students (grades 9-12). Combining in-class curriculum and hands-on training, the Delaware Envirothon is guaranteed to enhance your students’ and your practical knowledge and application of environmental science. Some program highlights include:

  • College Scholarships and Cash Awards
  • Career Exposure
  • Current Environmental Issues
  • Collaborative Learning Experience
  • Problem Solving
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Teacher Credit Hours through the Delaware Teacher Center
  • Hands-on workshops—these hands-on workshops are scheduled for October 18th (Soils and Forestry), November 8th (Urban and Community Forestry), and January 24th (Air Quality, Aquatic Ecology, and Wildlife)
  • Winning team will attend the NCF Envirothon in Springfield, Missouri July 27-August 1, 2015
  • Scholarships and prizes for top teams at the NCF Envirothon

For more information, please contact Rick Mickowski, DE Envirothon Chair, check out this flyer, or visit the website: www.delawareenvirothon.org.

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K-12 Teacher Workshop

June 13, 2014

Hosted by the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, the “Food, Land, and People” workshop will explore how agriculture, the environment, and people connect.

This workshop is free, and runs August 4-5 at Trap Pond State Park in Laurel, DE. Teachers will receive an 800 page curriculum ($35 value), numerous giveaways and classroom supplies, clock hour credits, and have the opportunity to visit local farms and explore Trap Pond! Lunch and refreshments are also provided.

To register, email lisabaird@nanticokeriver.org or call 410-443-8878 by July 11.

Download the workshop brochure here.

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Highlights from DAEE event at Mt. Cuba Center

May 13, 2014

On Friday, May 9, DAEE held a special event for new and existing members at the Mt. Cuba Center. Thank you to the Mt. Cuba staff for hosting this fantastic get together!

Photos by Rick Mickowski

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Mt. Cuba Center private tour

April 3, 2014

Join the Delaware Association for Environmental Education for an evening of socializing and an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Delaware.

Mt. Cuba Center is a botanical garden that inspires an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a desire to protect the habitats that sustain them. Over the past 70 years the gardens at Mt. Cuba Center have been transformed from fallow cornfields into thriving ecologically functional landscapes, thanks to the vision of Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland. Now the gardens at Mt. Cuba Center represent a variety of natural settings that support local habitats, from highland forests and meadows to lowland ponds. With its support of bio-diverse communities, Mt. Cuba Center serves as a model for environmentally beneficial gardening. Mt. Cuba Center also conducts original research on native plants in the Trial Garden and in over 500 acres of natural lands and offers classes on site and online, lectures, and a new ecological gardening certificate to promote a deeper understanding of native plants and the impact of conservation.

Stick around after the tour for a casual reception to meet & greet with other DAEE members. The two-hour tour begins at 5:00 pm, with the reception directly following.

This event is free for DAEE members, but pre-registration is required. If you would like to attend the tour, please register at https://2014daeemembership.eventbrite.com.

Please help us grow our organization by bringing a friend with you! Just forward this email to them, and they can use the same link to register. During registration they will be prompted to purchase a membership to DAEE ($20).

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Field trip contest from DuPont

March 14, 2014

Want to get your students outdoors this spring, to experience one of Delaware’s fantastic environmental education centers? Why not enter the DuPont Clear into the Classroom field trip contest? The program sponsors field trips for students in grades 3-5 from any school in Delaware. The winning classroom will receive bus transportation, lunch, and any program costs.

The deadline is April 15, 2014.

For more information, visit www.clearintotheclassroom.com and click on “teachers.”

Good luck!

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Bombay Hook Refuge April Events

March 12, 2014

Lots of great events coming up at the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Smyrna. Check them out! For more information on any of these programs visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Bombay_Hook/, or email tina_watson@fws.gov.

Saturday, April 5, 2014      10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.    Environmental Education Workshop –Exploring the Refuge       The workshop is for teachers, volunteers, scout leaders, and interested visitors.  It will introduce educators to the National Wildlife Refuge System and provide an understanding of how Bombay Hook NWR can be used as an outdoor classroom for environmental education programs.  Participants will tour the Refuge; learn about bird migration and bird identification; explore the brackish water, fresh water, and forest habitats; and develop an understanding of how the Refuge is managed for wildlife and habitat conservation.  Lesson plans and general information about the Refuge are provided.  To register, contact Tina Watson at (302) 653-6872 or tina_watson@fws.gov.

Sunday, April 6, 2014     1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.    Spring Bird Walk with John and Becky Hargrove   Join the Hargroves’ for a Spring bird walk.  Walk a couple of trails and ride along the wildlife drive looking for early migrating warblers and waders; resident songbirds, birds of prey, and waterfowl.  Meet at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, April 12, 2014     1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.       Highway Cleanup –– Celebrate EARTH DAY by cleaning up the roads leading to the Refuge.  Bring your gloves and wear shoes that can get wet.  Refreshments will be served after the cleanup.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014       9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.      Nature’s Gift – Native Trees       Our Arbor Day Celebration will introduce you to some great native trees which will enhance and add beauty to your garden! We’ll demonstrate how to properly plant at tree, too! Following the workshop, participants will perform seasonal maintenance on the landscape around the Visitors Center.  This is a great opportunity to learn about basic garden practices.  Light refreshments will be served.  To register, contact Quentin Schlieder at (302) 653-6449 or qcsjr@comcast.net.

Saturday, April 19, 2014     1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.    Bike Ride on the Refuge     Join Tina Watson for an eight-mile bike ride on the Refuge.  The group will make several stops for bird identification and to discuss wildlife management techniques.  Bicycle should have hybrid tires.  Don’t forget your helmet and check the air in your tires!  Meet at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 9:00 am – 12:00 noon      Refuge Nature Hike – Birds, Botany, and Habitat Management Techniques      This program will be an informative field study.  Appropriate for adults (16 years and older) interested in learning about the diverse flora and fauna of the refuge and how the refuge’s habitats and management techniques attract a variety of wildlife.  The 3 hour program will include botany and fungi leaders, Susan Yost and Michael Maciarello.  Bird identification by sight and sound will be explored with FOBH bird club members.  Participants will walk Boardwalk and Parsons Point trail, stop along the wildlife drive, and hike along the Finis pond and forested area.  In each area, the habitats and wildlife will be observed and discussed.  Participants are required to hike 3+ miles and be able to stand for long periods of time. Bring binoculars, your favorite field guides, notebook, snack, and water.  Space is limited and registration is required.  Contact Tina Watson to register, 302-653-9345 or tina_watson@fws.gov.

Sunday, April 27, 2014       10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.          Bird Identification Station   Get a close look at the different bird species in the impoundments.  Randy Murphy will be set up on the auto tour route with scopes and binoculars to help you identify waterfowl, shorebirds, passing raptors, and whatever else flies by.  Check in at the Visitor Center for the exact location.

Sunday, April 27, 2014       11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.      Tour of the Refuge –   Join volunteer, Ray Cullom, for a tour of the Refuge.  Find out how the Refuge is managed for wildlife, visit different habitats, and walk a trail.  Meet at the Visitor Center.

Sunday, April 27, 2014      1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.     Tour of the Refuge –  Join volunteer, Ray Cullom, for a tour of the Refuge.  Find out how the Refuge is managed for wildlife, visit different habitats, and walk a trail.  Meet at the Visitor Center.

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Delaware Environmental Summit

March 12, 2014

The 6th annual Delaware Environmental Summit will be a gathering of environmentalists from all around Delaware on Saturday, March 22nd at 9:30am at Wesley College in Dover.

The morning plenary session will feature several speakers about emerging issues like horseshoe crab & shorebird conservation efforts and fossil fuels divestment.  The afternoon will include more participatory and action-oriented break-out sessions (participants select which they want to be in).

For more information and to register, please visit: https://delaware.sierraclub.org/content/2014-delaware-environmental-summit. The deadline is March 18th. You can also contact Stephanie Herron at Stephanie.Herron@SierraClub.org, or 302-468-4550, for more information.

The link to RSVP on Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/events/261222987372849/.

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…and another one!

February 25, 2014

First State Heritage Park-Delaware State Parks (DNREC) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Park Superintendent, responsible for managing the day to day operations, maintenance, budget, and staff, while building partnerships and working toward short and long-term goals for the park.

For more information, please have a look at the full announcement.

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….another EE opportunity

February 14, 2014

In addition to our post from Feb 5 listing several fantastic job opportunities, check out this announcement from the DuPont Nature Center for two seasonal environmental educators!

Good luck!

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2014 Conference Highlights

February 6, 2014

Our 2014 conference on Saturday, February 1 at Milford High School, was a resounding success! Thank you to all who presented, attended, exhibited, and sponsored the event. Special thanks also goes out to our keynote speaker, Dr. Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home. We’ve been working to bring Dr. Tallamy to DAEE for several years, and it finally worked out!

Below are a few items captured from the conference that we think you might enjoy.

First, here is a collection of apps, compiled by Jennie Marang and Angel Burns, from their conference session, Environmantel Education:  There’s an app for that!

Next, we’d like to share some reflections on the conference. The first is a recap from Kat Logullo, from Avon Grove Charter School, who also served as the conference chair. The second reflection is from Becky Burgess, a naturalist at White Clay Creek State Park, and first-time DAEE attendee:

“The DAEE conference on February 1st was a great success. We had a total of 63 attendees and 24 presenters.  Of those numbers 31 were new members and 29 renewed from 2013 which is wonderful for our growing organization as we celebrate our 5th year.   One of the nice things we are seeing is a growth in our [classroom] teacher attendees. We had 16 attendees that are formal educators, so we are starting to connect that aspect of education and forming a bridge between the formal and non-formal environmental education community.

Doug Tallamy was riveting as our keynote and really brought home our theme of  “It’s only Natural” with his discussion of native plantings and what we could do to make a difference and help nature.   Our other presenters offered engaging classes for everyone in attendance and great take aways that we could all apply to our own niche in the environmental education world.” -Kat Logullo

“I loved the DAEE conference! It was full of such interesting ideas and engaging people. I got a chance to meet many of my colleagues in the state park system, and also made connections with professionals in other fields. The workshops gave me a lot of exciting ideas for my own programs and introduced me to new educational resources. AND I won “The Sense of Wonder” by Rachel Carson in the silent auction – a book that I quickly fell in love with. This was my first educational conference, and I am really looking forward to more in the future!” -Becky Burgess

This photo gallery is complements of DAEE Past-Chair, Rick Mickowski.

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