EcoLinks 2017 Environmental Education Conference will take place on Friday May 5 to Saturday May 6, 2017, Niagara Region, Ontario. OSEE is hosting a suite of PD events to support educators with integrating environmental education into their teaching practice. The first event is the annual EcoLinks Conference. This year it will be held at the Ball’s Falls Centre for Conservation in Jordan, Ontario, where a second (optional) day has been added to offer Project Wet Certification.
As usual, there will be hands-on workshops by educators, for educators, and the chance to learn new skills to engage students in Environmental Education and to network with fellow educators. As always, lunch and refreshments are included.
The event is open to outdoor & environmental educators, ECEs, administrators, homeschoolers and any teachers wanting to integrate environmental content.
DAY 1 – ECOLINKS ANNUAL CONFERENCE – Friday May 6th
Ecolinks is not your typical conference. Instead of sitting in a darkened room watching a PowerPoint presentation, the day is packed with hands-on, classroom-ready activities for teaching Ontario curriculum through an environmental lens. Not only is the day a lot of fun, you’ll return to your school with new activities and skills for teaching environmental education.
Choose from a variety of interactive workshops:
Vermicomposting and growing sprouts
School gardens and seed libraries
Environmental problem solving with STEM learning
Consumerism and social justice
Hydroponics in the classroom
The impacts of the fashion industry
Monitoring water quality with benthic macro-invertebrates
DAY 2 – ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FULL-DAY COURSES – Saturday May 6th
Choose to become Project WET certified OR to become an expert in Pollinator Power!
Project WET Certification
Project WET is a global leader in water education, promoting awareness of water and empowering community action to solve complex water issues.
The interdisciplinary Project WET activities are designed to supplement existing curriculum, and can support inquiry-based learning.
In 2011, Project WET published the award-winning, National Science Teachers Association-recommended Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0, completely revising, updating, and contemporizing the successful first edition. Project WET 2.0 is a fun, hands-on, inquiry learning based, water education program for formal and non-formal educators of Kindergarten to Grade 12 students.
Become Project WET-certified at this interactive and fun one-day training course! Course fee of $75 includes refreshments, lunch, and the Project WET 2.0 Activity Guide containing 65 hands-on lesson plans.
Pollinator Power Workshop by TRCA
Pollinators are extremely important creatures, integral to biodiversity and our very way of life. This interactive and fun full-day workshop explores the role of pollinators including bees, butterflies, and birds. Experience a variety of hands-on activities and tools to support your students in learning about habitats, biodiversity, and interactions in the environment.
We will explore the factors that threaten pollinator populations, and experience citizen science activities that connect students with real scientific monitoring projects. Participants will learn how to create pollinator habitat and support biodiversity by building solitary bee homes and making wildflower seed balls.
This workshop is led by TRCA’s Kortright Pollinator Educator. The Kortright Centre for Conservation has offered pollinator programming for over 40 years.
Come out, get involved, and discover the power of pollinators! Course fee of $75 includes refreshments, lunch, and materials for starting a pollinator planting.
Pricing and Discounts
Conference fee of $100 includes refreshments, lunch, and OSEE membership for the 2017-2018 year.
Attend both days of the conference for just $160!
Students and retirees receive additional discounts.
Click here to register.
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