Educators’ Week: The Same, but Different!

June 5 – 10, 2022

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Are you an educator? Do you want to connect with other educators who have a passion for their work? Join formal and non-formal educators in their quest for new knowledge and teaching techniques during Educators’ Week in beautiful Scioto County, Ohio. Educators’ Week provides opportunities to gain an understanding of topics related to state academic standards by being immersive in a natural setting and creating a supportive learning environment. Attend sessions that will explore hands-on best practice strategies for introducing people to the natural world. Learn from top experts on a wide range of cross curricular topics and explore new methods that will enhance your skills as an educator. By the conclusion of this unique, retreat-like conference, you will come away with a renewed sense of wonder, a feeling of community and kinship and the confidence to share your new knowledge with others.

Hosted by Cincinnati Museum Center’s Edge of Appalachia Preserve System and supported by the Miami County Park District, Educators’ Week will be celebrating its 13th year at its new location at Shawnee State Park located in the rugged and rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Adjacent to the 63,000 acre Shawnee State Forest, this area of Southern Ohio is a wonderful example of the Eastern Forest. High quality streams along with a high diversity of plants and animals make it a perfect outdoor learning lab.  In addition, on-site facilities will allow people to gather for meals, large group learning sessions, and fellowship.

Educators’ Week has been successful in large part due to the retreat-like nature of the conference and the close bonds that are forged by eating, living, and learning together. In order to achieve this and to provide a safe and comfortable environment, we will be requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated. For those with a medical/religious exemption, in the interest of safety for you, we will miss you this year and hope we can all be together next year. More information about how to verify your vaccination status will be posted soon.

The Same, but Different?

Change can be hard and after more than a decade at Camp Oty’Okwa in Hocking County, Ohio there will definitely be things we miss about that amazing location. Ironically, there are several things that upon closer inspection, aren’t really that different from before. And, even though we will be in a new place, there are many things that will stay the same, especially those that make Educators’ Week so special and unique.

  • Cincinnati Museum Center’s Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve System is one of the most bio-diverse natural areas in the region. It is located in Adams County, Ohio, and is one of the largest privately-owned preserves east of the Mississippi. The Edge of Appalachia Preserve System is co-owned and managed by the Cincinnati Museum Center and The Nature Conservancy in Ohio.
  • The Miami County Park District’s mission is to conserve natural resources and enrich the quality of life for the people of Miami County through stewardship, environmental education, outdoor experiences and passive leisure activities.
  • Educators’ Week is also supported by Crane Hollow Nature PreserveCrane Hollow is a dedicated state nature preserve in Hocking County, Ohio.  The Preserve is owned and managed by Crane Hollow, Inc., a private, nonprofit corporation.  The mission of Crane Hollow is to foster “preservation, understanding, and appreciation of the plants, animals, and ecology of the hollow and surrounding area.”