Annual conference information

SAVE THE DATE!

February 29, 2020

Leap into a new year of environmental education at our 11th Annual Conference! Check out all the good details below.

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CALL FOR PRESENTERS!

11th Annual Conference
Leap Into Nature:
Connecting People to Nature Throughout the Community
Saturday, February 29, 2019
The Jefferson School-Georgetown, Delaware

This year we are very excited to celebrate the joining forces of Delaware Association for Environmental Education (DAEE) and Delaware Children in Nature (DCIN). Earlier this year, DAEE absorbed the leadership and responsibilities set forth by DCIN. This merger has reinforced DAEE as the driving force for environmental education throughout Delaware.

The DAEE conference is a yearly opportunity for formal and non-formal educators, community and scout leaders and anyone else sharing the desire to help all communities in Delaware connect to nature. It is a day of networking, professional development, sharing, and hands-on experiences. Throughout the day we explore environmental education opportunities, resources, best practices, and local issues to help foster environmental stewardship.

The conference will be held at The Jefferson School in Georgetown, Delaware. The beautiful campus boasts an array of outdoor learning experiences for children. Located adjacent to Redden State Forest, it’s Nature Explore Campus features trails, ponds, outdoor classrooms, goats, a greenhouse and more! The school prides itself on integrating traditional with nature based learning. It is a must see learning environment!

In order to continue the success of our yearly conference, we once again need YOUR help! We are seeking environmental education based presentations to provide a learning experience/presentation and engage a broad spectrum of participants. We always aim for a wide selection of topics for the day! Please see this year’s conference strand descriptions below.

Presentations will take place during four, 45-minute sessions over the course of the day.

Presenters are welcome to take advantage of our Early Bird Conference Rates ($65.00 including 2020 membership or $55.00 for Conference Registration only). Lunch will be provided.

Submission deadline for proposals is Friday, December 20, 2019

Click here to submit your proposal.

For more information contact one of our Conference Chairs; Stacey Helmer seh@dswa.com, Brian Marsh brian_marsh@fws.gov or David Christopher dmchrist@udel.edu

11TH ANNUAL DAEE CONFERENCE STRANDS

Strand 1:  Connecting People with Nature

Connecting people and nature is the heart of environmental education. From young children to adults, environmental focused programs help build positive community impacts on the conservation and sustainability of Delaware’s resources. This strand will include environmental education (EE) programs, practices and hands-on learning. Additional areas we hope to include through sessions could be citizen science, stewardship, sustainability, arts, technology, winter EE, wildlife, place-based education, early childhood EE, food/agriculture, lifelong learning, and urban/rural community approaches.

Strand 2:  Engaging Professionals in Environmental Education

Environmental education and/or environmental literacy are such an important part of formal education. This strand could include preK-12 and higher education curriculum and academic standards, pre-service curriculum, interdisciplinary approaches, extracurricular activities, school grounds, gardens, and buildings, STEM / STEAM initiatives, homeschooling, collaborations among schools/universities, EE providers, and family /community involvement.

Strand 3:  Cultivating Environmental Leaders 

Youth engagement and leadership development is such an important part of environmental literacy and the future of environmental education. This strand could include professional development for youth and young adults, pre-service development, green career programs, environmental pathways, and development of afterschool clubs and programs.

Strand 4:  Innovative and Inclusive EE

Environmental education is often presented with innovative and inclusive ideas and strategies. This strand could include examples of those strategies which often push boundaries, break barriers, and find new ground. This strand could also include environmental justice, cultural competency, inclusivity/equity practices, and ways of engaging diverse audiences and communities.