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Founded in 1983, the League of Environmental Educators in Florida is the professional association for individuals and organizations dedicated to the cause of environmental education in Florida. We are the state affiliate for North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), an organization that brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of our natural world and one that has promoted excellence in environmental education throughout North America and the world for over four decades. 

 

The League of Environmental Educators in Florida is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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Presentation Schedule

Spring 2019 LEEF Mini-Conference
March 16, 2018
Silver River Museum, Ocala, FL

SESSION 1

1pm-1:45pm

 

4TH GRADE CLASSROOM

Title: In the shoes of others: Bringing Climate Change Closer through Immersive Storytelling

Presenter: Destiny Cardentey

Length: 20 minutes

Description: Communicating the long-term effects of climate change can be difficult, as psychological distance has a way of convincing most that it is not a pressing issue. The Media Effects and Technology Lab has found that the issue can be addressed using immersive media such as Virtual Reality and 360 video. Across a variety of experimental studies, work done in the lab has lent credence to the idea that immersive media can be an effective tool in encouraging pro environmental outcomes. To test this, we are currently leveraging this technology to introduce 7th grade students to the adverse effects climate change has on Antarctic ice cores. We will be studying their retention of the material and their views on climate change before and after they experience a virtual reality module based on key components of their curriculum.

Category: Research and Evaluation

                                                                                                                                            

Title: A Web of Expertise: Improving the links between classrooms and EE providers in Florida

Presenter: Dr. Bryan Nichols

Length: 20 minutes

Description: This interactive presentation and discussion will describe how new programs at Florida Atlantic University are designed to strengthen the web of environmental education expertise in Florida and beyond. In addition to our long-running Masters in Environmental Education, we are adding a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education and an honors program for preservice teachers: the Bachelor of Elementary Education with Honors in Environmental Education. Working with our great local nature centers, parks, and wildlife rehabilitators, the goal is to improve and diversify the pipeline for both classroom and informal educators, so they can design curricula, assess programs, and work together more effectively. Input is welcome, so come join the web!

Category: Other

 

5TH GRADE CLASSROOM

Title: What's New with Project Learning Tree?

Presenter: Jessica Ireland

Length: 40 minutes

Description: In 2017, PLT launched two e-units: Treemendous Science!, for grades K-2, and Energy and Ecosystems, for grades 3-5. Treemendous Science! engages students in exploring, experiencing, observing, and collecting tree data to develop understandings about how trees grow, the roles trees play in ecosystems, and the ways in which trees and humans interact. With Energy and Ecosystems, students focus on forests and come to understand some of the interactions present in all ecosystems. In addition, in 2018, PLT released the Teaching with i-Tree Unit, designed for use with middle and high school students, and which includes three hands-on activities that engage students in discovering and analyzing the many ecosystem services that trees provide. This presentation will provide an overview of these new PLT resources, and attendees will participate in a hands-on activity demonstrating the use of i-Tree.

Category: EE in Practice (activities, curricula, and success stories)

 

LIBRARY

Title: The Lionfish Invasion

Presenter: Mike Kennison

Length: 20 minutes

Description: Mike Kennison, an educator from the Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Lionfish Control Team will cover some basic information on lionfish and their invasion of the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. Mike will give some information on FWC programs to combat the lionfish invasion and ways educators can help spread this information to the public.

Category: EE in Practice (activities, curricula, and success stories)

 

Title: Green Actioneers

Presenter: Dave Finnigan

Length: 20 minutes

Description: Dave Finnigan will describe his climate change focused school program, called Green Actioneers. Dave will give an overview of the project, including PTA funding, logistics, and content. The program involves Dave visiting a school to give multiple presentations in a day, which includes working with each grade, a school-wide assembly, and an evening family event. At the Family Night, parents and students pledge to follow a Green Actioneers checklist of the things they promise to do to reduce their water and carbon footprints.

Category: EE in Practice (activities, curricula, and success stories)

                                                                        

 

 

 

SESSION 2

1:45pm-2:30pm

 

4TH GRADE CLASSROOM

Title: Selecting a Tool to Assess Connection to Nature

Presenter: Dr. Martha Monroe and Gabby Salazar

Length: 40 minutes

Description: Most of us are engaged in efforts to connect people to nature. To measure our progress, we need tools that can assess our audience’s connection with and commitment to nature. The challenge is that there are many different ways to define connection to nature, and even more tools to measure it. Join us to find out about a suite of potential tools and use our draft materials to identify a tool that might work for you. Sign up to review future drafts and give us feedback so that we can create a useful product for you!

Category: Research and Evaluation (complete or ongoing)

 

5TH GRADE CLASSROOM

Title: Bird Banding Lab

Presenter: Jessica Andreasen

Length: 40 minutes        

Description: Learn why scientists band birds and how they do it by taking part in a mock bird banding laboratory activity! This activity can be used in cooperation with several Project/Aquatic/Flying WILD activities. Please note, no live birds are used.     

Category: EE in Practice (activities, curricula, and success stories)

 

LIBRARY

Title: Getting Little Feet WET

Presenter: Vicki Crisp

Length: 20 minutes

Description: Getting Little Feet WET is Project WET’s new guide focusing on water literacy for early childhood education. The guide includes 11 activities appropriate for children from PreK through 2nd grade.  Additional resources include a book, WATER for YOU and ME!, and a companion web page.  Learn more about LEEF’s new association with Project WET that will enable educators to obtain this guide and more.

Category: Early Childhood Education

 

Title: Nature-Sophy 

Presenter: Walter Cheatham

Length: 20 minutes

Description: Nature-Sophy is a nature-mediated, philosophical examination of our relationship with Planet Earth. Employing nature connection activities combined with classical elements of philosophy and discourse, Nature-Sophy invites students to dust off their brain wrinkles and use their gray matter, as well as the outdoors, as an intellectual playground. This presentation provides an interactive introduction to the instructional design.

Category: EE in Practice (activities, curricula, and success stories)

 

 

 

SESSION 3

3:15pm-4pm

 

4TH GRADE CLASSROOM

Title: Photography in Environmental Education: A Tool for Teaching and Learning

Presenter: Gabby Salazar, Natalie Cooper      

Length: 40 minutes

Description: Today, almost everyone has a camera in their pocket. How can we harness this technology to engage audiences in environmental learning? In this interactive session, we'll explore ways that photography can be used to teach environmental concepts, to spark creativity, and to facilitate dialogue. We will also cover 10 tips for teaching photography so that you are ready to implement these activities in your program. Please bring a camera or smartphone so that you can participate in activities.

Category: EE in Practice

 

5TH GRADE CLASSROOM

Title: Let's Talk Climate Change

Presenter:  Karen Wiley

Length: 40 minutes

Description: Discover the best way to frame your discussion on Climate Change. This is an introduction to NNOCCI Training, The National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation: a network of individuals and organizations in informal science education, science and social sciences who are committed to shaping public discourse around climate and ocean change to be positive, civic-minded and solutions-focused.  Participants will be introduced to socially tested values and metaphors to be more effective in communicating the science of our changing climate.

Category: Other

 

LIBRARY

Title: Environmental- and Education for Sustainable Development Continuum: A toolbox for Educators

Presenter:  Dr. John Pipoly

Length: 20 minutes

Description: Not long ago, experiential environmental education (EE) from empirical observation and understanding of nature in the field and laboratory was the norm in peri-urban or urban areas. Recently, a rather rapid shift in experiential pedagogical standards has been seen, designed to foment proactive resource management and achieve benchmarked resiliency measures in the face of an ever changing climate.  Some communities have stopped teaching the classical EE and switched instead for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which is related to, but at the other end of an important natural resource continuum. This talk is designed to give EE and ESD educators the perspective to re-evaluate programs, re-examine missions, visions and logical framework matrices to determine if a given program is optimal given these factors for the institution. Physical, infrastructural, technological and curricular tools are examined, Maslow's Hierarchy is revisited, SMART goals and objectives are reviewed and impacts from elements of the EE to ESD continuum are explored. It is hoped that the work will better inform curriculum designers of options to have relevant, practical, yet integrated curricula, consilient with economic, social, political and cultural settings of the community.

Category: Research and Evaluation                         

 

Title: Help Your Volunteers S.H.I.N.E!

Presenter: Lara Milligan

Length: 20 minutes

Description: Staff at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center have been trained as Certified Interpretive Guides and Certified Interpretive Hosts. Staff utilized knowledge and skills from these trainings to create their own customized volunteer training workshops for their front desk and hike guide volunteers. This presentation will showcase the agendas from these trainings and showcase some of the activities staff conducted.

Category: EE in Practice            

                                                                                                                                                                                 

PAVILLION                   

                  

Title:  Props ‘Til You Drop.

Presenter: Debbie Fritz-Quincy and Dawn Miller-Walker

Length: 40 minutes

Description: Interpreters and educators are always looking for new and innovative ways to excite our students and get an environmental message out.  Whether your budget is small or grant-supported, there are numerous household items that you can utilize for nature games, costuming, gimmicks and demonstrations. Join us for this fast-paced and entertaining session…..get your creative juices flowing!

Category: EE in Practice