Conference Schedule

All sessions will open ½ hour before the start time, with a built-in short break midway.

Sunday, June 6

Welcome Session and Keynote Address, Celebrating Your Successes with Stan McDonald 4:00pm – 5:00pm

The 2021 Educators’ Week will start with welcome remarks, our traditional get acquainted activities, a special key-note address, and overview of the week. An optional social time will be available until 5:30pm to make new friends and catch up with old ones!

Monday, June 7

I Notice, I Wonder, it Reminds Me of…. with Darcy Higgins 9:00am – 11:00am

Making observations is a key foundation for the methods and activities all scientists use to better understand the natural world. This session helps participants directly engage students with nature through scientific observation. It provides participants with basic skills, behaviors and tools to use with students to help them become curious about nature.  These kinds of experiences support the goal of empowering students to be able to engage with nature on their own, even after they leave an outdoor science class. 

The Powers of Citizen Science with Sam Romeo 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Become familiar with the most current citizen science projects, their missions and how you can utilize them both in the classroom and out on the trail. Over 1,000 different projects offer training activities, protocols and materials and support to bring hands on experiences to all. When we engage in citizen science, we make and share observations, analyze data, begin to formulate questions, experiment, and ultimately construct a deeper understanding about the world, all while advancing important areas of scientific research!

Tuesday, June 8

Journaling Like the Greats with Jenna Balazs 9:00am – 11:00am

For Rachel Carson, Annette and Lucy Braun, Thoreau, Emerson, Muir and Darwin nature and science journaling was at the very heart of their work. Journaling is also a valuable tool for STEM, language arts, history, music and art. This session will incorporate indoor and outdoor journaling activities for all grade levels. 

Forest Fungi Fun with Martha Bishop and Dr. Joanne Rebbeck 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Explore the ultimate recyclers of eastern forests. Learn about their biology, ecology and their importance to forest ecosystems and humans. Activities will include mushroom foraging, identification, easy tips to grow fungi with your students, as well as other activities and lesson ideas for your K-90 students.

Wednesday, June 9

A Hot Topic with Todd Hutchinson and Dr. Joanne Rebbeck 9:00am – 11:00am

Why and how did Native Americans use fire to manage their landscapes? What exactly is a prescribed fire? How does it differ from a wildfire? How is it used today as a management tool in Ohio forests? This session combines the history and ecology of prescribed fire use. It will be interactive and maybe even become a little “hot”.

Dr. Emily’s Curious Crustacean Extravaganza! with Dr. Emily Imhoff 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Prepare to fall in love all over again with children’s favorite freshwater crustacean – the crayfish! Explore hands-on activities and science experiments designed for both classroom and outdoor use while learning about the life history, habits and amazing adaptations of native crayfish. Up to date information on the use of live crayfish in the classroom and nature center will also be discussed.

Wrap-Up Session/Reflections with Mike Nicolai 3:30 – 4:30pm

We will conclude the 2021 Educators’ Week after the last session with a brief wrap-up. Mike Nicolai will lead us in a traditional reflections session allowing you to express new things you’ve learned and connections you’ve made. We will also have information on Ed. Week 2022 and additional social time for those who would like to participate.