Upcoming events

    • 11 Jan 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • virtual

    Ohio Department of Education

    Virtual Meetups 2021-2022

    The focus of the Virtual Meetups in Science for the 2021-2022 academic year will be on High Quality Materials, Instruction and Assessment.  The Science Team will be partnering with Amplify Science to bring a series of sessions designed to support educators in each of these 3 key areas of student engagement.  

    All sessions will run from 4PM-5PM EST.   

    The meeting link is the same for all meetings, but does require one registration for all sessions in the series

    Please Register Here

    • 28 Jan 2022
    • 29 Jan 2022
    • Virtual Conference
    Register

    Winter Snow – Creative Ways to Teach STEAM

    EECO Winter CONFERENCE January 28 & 29, 2022

    The “Winter Snow CONFERENCE,” will be virtual!

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

    CONTACT HOUR CERTIFICATES ARE AVAILABLE

    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

    Winter Snow – Creative Ways to Teach STEM

    VIRTUAL EECO Winter CONFERENCE January 28th and 29th, 2022


    Schedule and Session Descriptions

    Friday- January 28th, 2022   Zoom Link:

    6:30 – 7:00pm             Welcome and EECO Update Current events and programs going on with EECO and partnering organizations. 

    7:00pm                Let’s Have Fun with Index Cards!

    We know. You can barely contain your index card enthusiasm, right? Join Carrie Elvey from The Wilderness Center for an hour of games, activities, and random nerd absurdity - using just index cards. We’ll provide the index cards, you provide the drinks, Carrie will provide the absurdity. Join us at 7pm via zoom.

    Saturday – January 29th, 2022

    9am                                       Welcome

    9:05-10:05am                  Session I

    10:15am-11:15am         Session II

    11:15                                    Return to main zoom

    11:15-12:00                      Lunch Break

    12:00-1pm                         Return to main room, Keynote

    1-2pm                                  Session III

    2:10-3:10pm                     Session IV

    3:10-3:20                            Final Questions, Feedback and Evaluations


    Keynote Speaker:

    “Ruthy” Mackenzie Rutherford, a researcher/student at Miami University

    Ruthy will discuss her research, the climate and the need for diversity in the GEO sciences.

    Ruthy (Mackenzie) Rutherford 

    Miami University Class of 2022 | College of Arts and Sciences

    Geology Major

    Creative Writing Minor | Global Perspective on Sustainability Minor 

    GEODES | President

    Sigma Tau Delta | President

    Miami University Geological Society | Vice President

    Sustainability Council | Representative

    DAC Council | Representative

    Onyx Council | Representative 

    Session I Presentations:

    Discovering Soil is Alive: Linda Pettit and Amy Tressler

    In this presentation participants will discover that soil is alive as we uncover invertebrates living below. We will determine that soil is complete a habitat, meeting the needs of the animals that live there. We will discuss the adaptations that some of these soil superheroes have to live underground and how some of them even make our soil healthy.


    Common Ohio Pollinators & the Plants they Love: Jenny Adkins

    If you're looking for a glimpse into summer, with colorful photos of flowers and insects, this presentation is for you! Jenny Adkins, Lead Botanist and Professional Wetland Scientist from MAD Scientist Associates, will lead a talk on the who's, what's, when's, and where's of common Ohio pollinators. She'll also address ways to manage your property for the benefit of these creatures and opportunities for data tracking through citizen science programs and classroom study.

    Session II Presentations:

    Finding Frosty: Jennifer Ellsworth

    Critical and creative thinking exercises for nature in winter.

    Warm up this winter with nature challenges that encourage creativity, problem solving and collaboration. Come prepared to test your skills with a tabletop escape room and landscape scene investigation.



    Appalachian Stewards Unit: teaching about food webs and symbiosis with American Ginseng.: Joe Brehm, Rural Action

    Rural Action's Sustainable Forestry and Environmental Education programs joined forces to create a unit featuring American Ginseng. We call it the Appalachian Stewards Unit, and serves as our counter-narrative to trash tv shows like Appalachian Outlaws that popularize poaching of ginseng. American Ginseng is one of the most famous and valuable plants in eastern North America. Our team will take participants through a slide show and hands-on activities that use ginseng as a powerful teaching tool. This curriculum is primarily for 4th-6th grade but can be adapted for older age groups, including adults. 


    Session III Presentations:

    The Environmental Heroes:  Field Science Program in an Urban Watershed: Kathryn Kwiatkowski and Students, Case Western Reserve University

    Middle and high school students share their authentic field research monitoring habitats and reptiles in the Doan Brook Watershed in University Circle. This after school environmental educational experience prepares students for potential environmental related careers and for being informed citizens. The audience will be engaged in simulated field data collection and monitoring techniques employed in the research.  Students will share how this work supports their classroom experiences, prepares them for college, provides opportunities to meet environmental experts, and builds the framework for stewardship and conservation of our natural world. They will share their advocacy efforts around critical environmental issues with a strong focus on encouraging the Ohio legislature to develop a Climate Action Plan (33 other states have a CAP). 


    Session IV Presentations:

    Developing Career Skills using the Believe in Ohio framework: Sheila Cubick

    Join me on the metaphorical journey through the Believe in Ohio Roadmap to Future Jobs and Prosperity! Explore some of our curriculum resources and activities during this hands-on session that will introduce you to this exciting free STEM and Entrepreneurship program for Middle and High School students. Learn about the process from Idea Generation to Proof of Concept to completed STEM Commercialization Plan. The program is available to schools and organizations for in-school or after-school programs. Program incentives for teachers and students encourage program participation which builds life-long career skills for ALL participants!!


    Spotting the Spotted Lanternfly: Denise Brooks

    Spotted lanternfly is a recently-discovered invasive insect in Ohio that will wreak havoc on our trees if left unchecked.  Learn how to prepare for the invasion to land labs, woodlands and outdoor spaces by starting an early detection network of citizen scientists using 21st century skills and various apps. 


    • 08 Feb 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • virtual

    Ohio Department of Education

    Virtual Meetups 2021-2022

    The focus of the Virtual Meetups in Science for the 2021-2022 academic year will be on High Quality Materials, Instruction and Assessment.  The Science Team will be partnering with Amplify Science to bring a series of sessions designed to support educators in each of these 3 key areas of student engagement.  

    All sessions will run from 4PM-5PM EST.   

    The meeting link is the same for all meetings, but does require one registration for all sessions in the series

    Please Register Here

    • 01 Mar 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • virtual

    Ohio Department of Education

    Virtual Meetups 2021-2022

    The focus of the Virtual Meetups in Science for the 2021-2022 academic year will be on High Quality Materials, Instruction and Assessment.  The Science Team will be partnering with Amplify Science to bring a series of sessions designed to support educators in each of these 3 key areas of student engagement.  

    All sessions will run from 4PM-5PM EST.   

    The meeting link is the same for all meetings, but does require one registration for all sessions in the series

    Please Register Here

    • 26 Apr 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • virtual

    Ohio Department of Education

    Virtual Meetups 2021-2022

    The focus of the Virtual Meetups in Science for the 2021-2022 academic year will be on High Quality Materials, Instruction and Assessment.  The Science Team will be partnering with Amplify Science to bring a series of sessions designed to support educators in each of these 3 key areas of student engagement.  

    All sessions will run from 4PM-5PM EST.   

    The meeting link is the same for all meetings, but does require one registration for all sessions in the series

    Please Register Here

Past events

07 Dec 2021 Virtual Meetup: Changing topic to Teaching Science is Teaching Literacy
17 Nov 2021 Virtual Meetup: Eye of Integration: Creating Cross Curricular Units
16 Nov 2021 Virtual Meetup: Open Forum
26 Oct 2021 Virtual Meetup: 5E model/Do, Talk, Read, Write,Visualize with Amplify
02 Oct 2021 101 Conference at Camp Kern
24 Aug 2021 EECO Winter Conference Call for Proposals
11 May 2021 Project WET Sampler Guide Learning Sessions (series of 4)
04 May 2021 Project WET Sampler Guide Learning Sessions (series of 4)
27 Apr 2021 Project WET Sampler Guide Learning Sessions (series of 4)
23 Apr 2021 Growing Up Wild
20 Apr 2021 Project WET Sampler Guide Learning Sessions (series of 4)
20 Apr 2021 Ohio EE Certification Program - ONLY REGISTER WHEN APPROVED!
15 Apr 2021 Moving Forward! EECO 2021 Virtual Conference
26 Mar 2021 Project WILD/ Aquatic WILD
28 Feb 2021 February Meetup: A Walk in The Woods
15 Feb 2021 February Meetup: A Walk in The Woods
29 Jan 2021 EECO Winter Conference: Winter Snow - Creative Ways to Teach STEAM
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 Registration is Now Open for the 2019 EECO Annual Conference!
04 Apr 2019 EECO Annual Conference Display Space
27 Nov 2018 EECO Award Nominations are OPEN!
18 Nov 2016 EECO 50th Annual Conference: Call for Proposals
18 Nov 2016 Call for Proposals for the Student Wildlife Research Symposium
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 REGISTRATION: EECO Annual Conference 2016
01 Apr 2016 REGISTRATION: Half Day Friday at the EECO 2016 Annual Conference
01 Apr 2016 Exhibit at the 2016 EECO 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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