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.