Upcoming events

    • 29 Jan 2021
    • (EST)
    • 30 Jan 2021
    • (EST)
    • Virtual Conference

    Winter Snow – Creative Ways to Teach STEAM

    EECO Winter CONFERENCE January 29 & 30, 2021

    The “Winter Snow CONFERENCE,” will be virtual this year!

    Zoom links will be shared with registrants the week of the conference.

    NEED College Credit?  We have partnered with ODNR Division of Wildlife to bundle our workshops to provide enough contact hours to offer college credit.  You can register for the two workshop through our registration process for no additional fee.  Click here for more information.

    Presentation topics are diverse and if possible relate to winter, but will relate to one of the following: STEM, Arts, Environmental Literacy, 21st Century Skills or Careers and the Environment. We encourage sessions to include ways of getting students reconnected to nature, interested in Environmental Careers, or that use the outdoors as a teaching tool.

    The Sessions and Scheduled Form can be downloaded here.

    Full conference (Friday-Saturday) : Member $10 and Non-member $35

    Saturday Only: Member $5 and Non-member $25

    Student Full Conference: FREE

    Presenter Full Conference: FREE

    Schedule and Session Descriptions

    Friday- January 29, 2021        Zoom Link: Will be given later

    6:30 – 7:00pm                  Welcome and EECO Update     

    7:00pm                Nature Nerd Quiz Night

    EECO Update:

    Current events and programs going on with EECO and partnering organizations. 

    Nature Nerd Quiz Night: 

    Join Team CKarrie (Carrie Elvey and Karrie McAllister) from The Wilderness Center and test your naturalist knowledge with a Nature Nerd Quiz Night. Grab a beverage of your choice and prepare to win fame (but probably not fortune)!

    Saturday – January 30, 2021

    9am                                       Welcome and opening presentation- Brag Session

    9:30-10:30am                  Session I

    10:40am-11:40pm         Session II

    11:40 Return to main zoom room

    11:45-12:40                      Lunch Break and Hands on Activity

    12:40- 1pm                        Return to main room, debrief activity

    1-2pm                                  Session III

    2:10-3:10pm                     Session IV

    3:10-3:30                            Final Questions, AHA Moments, Feedback and Evaluations

    Session I Presentations: 

    Snow Flow: From Above to Below and Back Again: Ryan Bourgart and Dennis Clement, Ohio EPA

    Come learn about EE resources about water. Specifically, we will explore how climate influences snow and vice versa. We will discuss a standard-aligned elementary school Project WET activity called Molecules in Motion. The activity simulates molecular movement in each physical state of water and discusses how heat transforms snow. We will also create a blizzard in a glass to visualize the molecular changes that take place in the water cycle. Lastly we will provide an update about Project WET during COVID-19 and discuss virtual Project WET resources that are useful for inside and outside the classroom, including the dynamic discoverwater.org and Climate, Water and Resilience, the new climate change curriculum.

    Lessons for Inquiry: John Hoffman and Colleagues, Inquiry Based Learning Educational Consultants

    During this session, presenters will walk through two free inquiry based science lesson plans. Lessons are most appropriate for MS and HS classrooms.

    Session II Presentations: 

    STEM-ulating Activities on Human Ecology: Lindsey Bailey, Population Connection

    Discover innovative ways to teach middle school students about human-environmental interactions, while also building STEM skills through problem solving, mathematical modeling, interactive technology and more. Interdisciplinary topics include human population growth, land and ocean use, climate change and biodiversity. Receive electronic lesson plans for use in classrooms and nature centers.

    Identifying Ohio Mammal Tracks: Joe Brehm, Rural Action

    Rural Action's Environmental Education Director, Joe Brehm, will lead participants through a slide show of mammal tracks commonly found in Ohio. Participants will learn how to identify tracks based on size, shape, number of toes, gait patterns, and other characteristics. We will also talk about a few connections to the classroom.

    Session III Presentations:

    The Environmental Heroes:  Field Work and Advocacy in a Pandemic Environment: Kathryn Kwiatkowski and students, Case Western Reserve University

    Middle and high school students in the Environmental Heroes authentic field research program monitor habitats in the Doan Brook Watershed from the Case Western Reserve University campus and engage in environmental advocacy. With the onset of the COVID19 pandemic, field research from the CWRU campus was suspended.  To compensate for the temporary loss of this base field site, the Heroes took to planning for the introduction of a frog species to the watershed in 2021, to collecting data in water bodies near their homes, and to developing and executing a statewide youth focused Climate Action Summit to convince the state legislature to develop a Climate Action Plan for Ohio.

    In this virtual conference setting, Heroes will demonstrate their data collection techniques, share the results of their research, and share the results of the efforts for an Ohio Climate Action Plan. 

    Session IV Presentations:

    Secrets of the Standfasts: Fat is Cooool! (Brrrr): Barbara Ray, City of Dublin

    A winter survival strategy STEAM experiment about the “Science of Fat”.  Discover the hows and whys of fat stores in winter-active animals we call the Standfasts as well as the critical role of Brown Fat in hibernators and migrators. Fat is all that to raccoons, skunks, birds, deer, bears and woodchucks to name a few!  Who is the fattest Standfast of all?  We will look at one of the most efficient fat-builders in all of North America, who lives right here in our Ohio backyards!

    Ohio Woody Plants and How to Identify Them: Jenny Adkins, MAD Scientist Associates

    Join Jenny Adkins, Professional Wetland Scientist and Botanist at MAD Scientist Associates, in learning about Ohio's native woody plant species and how to identify them. This presentation is perfect for those just getting started in plant identification or those that could use a refresher on terminology and plant characteristics.

    • 15 Apr 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 18 Apr 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Hueston Woods State Park Lodge and Conference Center

    POSTPONED due to COVID19

    The 53rd EECO Annual Conference will now be April 15-18, 2021

    at Hueston Woods State Park Lodge 

    CEU Contact Hour Certificates and College Credit Available! 

    Many thanks to our Conference Sponsors, which include:


    Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities: If you would like to sponsor this conference, a scholarship or be a vendor for the conference please contact Brenda at 740-215-3376

    The EECO room block available until March 2, 2021   Lodging Information -Hueston Woods State Park Lodge

    5201 Lodge Rd., College Corner, OH 45003 ; Reservations - (513) 664-3500

    Ask for the “EECO Conference” room rate.
    Room Rates for Queen/King: $116.00 per Night Per Room- Lodging is not included in the conference registration fee. 

    Conference strands include:

    • Natural History
    • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and Careers

    • Strategic Growth

    • Population, Climate and Outdoor Education

    • Inclusive World of EE

    Full Conference Registration includes five meals, snacks, registration items, sessions, exhibits and conference keynotes.

    Conference highlights include:

    • Thursday, April 2 - 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Ohio Student Wildlife Research Symposium - There is a Separate Registration through EECO for this program

      Join high school students and teachers from around Ohio as they present their wildlife and habitat research projects in this fourth annual research symposium for high school students. There are half and full day registration options.  Click here to REGISTER for the Student Wildlife Research Symposium

    • Friday Night OPEN SPACE:    Have you ever had a topic that you would like to discuss at an EECO Conference? Great! Bring your topic ideas and your expertise to the EECO Open Space! During the Open Space we will have attendees put up topics they would like to discuss around Environmental Education, Outdoor Education, and Nonprofit/small organizations. Once the topics have been specified we will break up into small groups to discuss the topics. If the group you start out in is not your cup of tea please feel free to join another group, or feel free to float to various groups. We are excited to see what "Aha" moments are formed from this Friday evening activity. Lead by Jim Viles of Greenacres Foundation.

    • EECO Kids Conference 2020 - On Saturday, while you are attending EECO conference sessions, your child/children can, too! EECO is offering a Mini Conference for kids! Kids will LEARN about Environmental Education and gain an appreciation for nature and environmental stewardship. Like our adult attendees, they will CONNECT with new friends in a positive and supportive setting. This is a fabulous opportunity to enjoy the conference and begin a family tradition for your children to GROW into our future EECO Leaders, all while enjoying the amenities of the state park! Ages 6 and up are welcome!

      $15 fee per child will be charged for the full 4 session kids conference. This is payable at the registration table. Lunch is not provided. Children’s meal tickets will be available at the registration table.

    • Saturday Lunch Keynote: Chris Myers, How Environmental Educators Will Save the World

      At the onset of the 2020’s, environmental educators are on the rise. In this presentation, Chris Myers will share stories from across Project Dragonfly’s global network of conservation organizations, communities, instructors, and students to showcase how educators are forging new approaches to healthy coexistence at a scale, pace, and level of ingenuity necessary to face the complex ecological crises of our time. Chris Myers is a professor in the Department of Biology at Miami University. Along with Lynne Born Myers, they founded Project Dragonfly, a participatory education initiative that began with a national science magazine for young investigators and an Emmy- Award winning PBS television series. Project Dragonfly now operates the nation’s largest graduate degree programs devoted to community engagement in science and conservation. Chris received his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Vanderbilt, served as a Luce Scholar in Borneo, a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand, and taught environmental education at Yale.

    • Educational Workshops on Project WET, Quest,  and Vernal Pools, My Backyard Stream (field trip and workshop), NAAEE Community Guidelines
    • Field Trips: Fossil Field Trip exploring the rocks of Hueston Woods,  and EECO April Tour: the Cincinnati Urban Oasis. 
    • Graduate credit is available through Ashland University for $210 for one credit hour.  

    Please join us for a fun, hands-on, and outstanding professional development opportunity! 

    Early Bird Registration ends March 4th.  Online Registration ends March 30th.

    Scroll down to the bottom left of this web page and click the registration button to register online.

    Download the Full Conference Registration Packet here. You'll need to review this before you register online in order to pick your sessions and appropriate registration type.    

    We hope you find this conference to be an exciting and beneficial professional development opportunity. 

    If you have any questions about the program, the registration process, or any other topics or issues, please contact Brenda Metcalf, EECO Executive Director, at 740-653-2649 or director@eeco-online.org.  

    You can also contact Lynn White, Conference Co-Chair, at
    513-785-6666 or
    whitelr@butlercountyohio.org  for assistance.


    We look forward to seeing you at Hueston Woods State park!


Past events

18 Jan 2021 January Meet-Up: Tinkers Creek Gorge Scenic Overlook
18 Jan 2021 January Meet-Up: Muskingum Recreational Trail
29 Sep 2020 EECO DEI Listening Session
02 Apr 2020 4th Annual Ohio Student Wildlife Research Symposium and Next in Nature Teen Conservation Summit
02 Apr 2020 EECO Annual Conference Display Space
31 Jan 2020 EECO Winter Conference: Winter Snow - Creative Ways to Teach STEAM
21 Jan 2020 Teacher's Night Out: Composting in the Classroom
12 Jan 2020 Teacher Workshop Series: Project WILD and Project WILD Aquatic Workshop
11 Jan 2020 Teacher Workshop Series: Healthy Water Healthy People
08 Jan 2020 Teacher Field School: Winter in the Part
06 Dec 2019 EECO Award Nominations are OPEN! Deadline is February 21st!!
20 Nov 2019 FREE Teacher's Night Out: Bats Around Your Schoolyard
24 Oct 2019 FREE Teacher's Night Out: Exploring Spiders
16 Oct 2019 48th NAAEE Annual Conference
13 Oct 2019 Build Pre-school Nature Play Benefits Now
11 Oct 2019 101 Alternatives to the Chalkboard Educators Conference
09 Oct 2019 Teachers, Industry and the Environment Conference
03 Oct 2019 Grant Writing Workshop
24 Sep 2019 Teacher's Night Out: Birds in the Schoolyard
15 Sep 2019 Project WILD and Project WILD Aquatic Workshop (*Graduate credit eligible)
10 Sep 2019 BEE the Power for Our Food
05 Sep 2019 Teacher's Night Out: Outdoor PBLs
05 Sep 2019 Grant Writing Workshop
22 Aug 2019 Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative Symposium
08 Aug 2019 Summer EECO Tour- The Ohio State University and Downtown Columbus
08 Aug 2019 Healthy Water, Healthy People/ Level 1 Data Collector
06 Aug 2019 Wild School Site Workshop For Educators
31 Jul 2019 Environmental Education for Early Childhood Workshop (Growing Up WILD, WET & PLT)-Licking County
28 Jul 2019 Growing Up WILD Workshop
25 Jul 2019 Growing Up WILD Workshop/PBS Resources Workshop--Hamilton County
23 Jul 2019 School Garden Tour Series: Kiser Elementary School Tour
23 Jul 2019 Exposure to Nature Creates Resiliency-Educator Training
15 Jul 2019 Ohio EE Certification Program
13 Jul 2019 Insect ID Behavior
11 Jul 2019 Teacher's Night Out: Exploring Evolution
07 Apr 2019 EECO Tours - April Tour
04 Apr 2019 Registration is Open for the 3rd Annual Ohio Student Wildlife Research Symposium
04 Apr 2019 EECO Annual Conference Display Space
04 Apr 2019 Registration is Now Open for the 2019 EECO Annual Conference!
27 Nov 2018 EECO Award Nominations are OPEN!
18 Nov 2016 Call for Proposals for the Student Wildlife Research Symposium
18 Nov 2016 EECO 50th Annual Conference: Call for Proposals
08 Oct 2016 Save the DATE: The "101 Alternatives to the Chalkboard"
05 Jun 2016 Educator's Week at Camp Oty'Okwa
01 Apr 2016 Exhibit at the 2016 EECO Conference
01 Apr 2016 REGISTRATION: EECO Annual Conference 2016
01 Apr 2016 REGISTRATION: Half Day Friday at the EECO 2016 Annual Conference
05 Feb 2016 REGISTRATION: Winter Snow Conference- Creative Ways to Teach STEM!
09 Apr 2015 EECO Annual Conference Thursday Forum
09 Apr 2015 EECO Annual Conference 2015
06 Feb 2015 Winter Snow- Creative Ways to Teach STEM!
27 Mar 2014 EECO Annual Conference 2014
11 Apr 2013 EECO 46th Annual Conference
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