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2016 NAAEE Moments in Madison

NAAEE is the North American Association for Environmental Education. Each year a conference of over 1000 environmental educators from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, plus over a dozen other countries, gathers to share best practices, plan for the future of EE and connect with old friends and make new ones. Each year for the last five years, MEEA has sent a representative (or 2) to the meeting.

Below are a few samples of the posters from the 2016 meeting. You can also search the preliminary schedule for topics, authors of the posters listed below or ideas for your own teaching.

 

a deep sense of responsbility poster

A participatory approach to education and conservation: Building malama aina Malama 'aina is Hawaian for caring and nurturing the land: love (malama) of land ('aina). A common practice of locals is asking permisson of the land to use/learn from the place. Grad students working in Hawaii were introduced to the practice as part of their conservation research.

Becoming a Green School

Motivations and Barriers to Becoming a Green School and Maintaining Green School Status The main reason for schools to become and stay green was increased environmental knowledge and awareness. Energy and water savings and reduced absences were also cited for past green schools. The main challenge for schools staying green in the past was lack of support from teachers and staff. For current schools the main challenge is lack of time.

birds!

Birds! A tool for Outdoor Engagement. 6 ways to engage adults and kids without a nature center 1) Family Field Trips 2) Citizen Science 3) School Field Trips and Camps 4) Bird Banding 5) Teacher Training 6) Habitat Creation

Citizen Science Recruitment Retention

Best Practices for Engaging Communities in Citizen Science Initial structure is important for recruitment and continued involvement. Organized and clear systems are important for participant retention - e.g. protocols for training and collecting and reporting data.

climate change teacher training

An Elementary and Middle School Climate Change (CC) Teacher Training - Results Changing the focus from how the curriculum should teach about CC to how CC can help with the curriculum changed teacher engagement with CC education. A local connection was also key in teacher preparation to teach AREDiT was used to assess knowledge.

conservation gardening

Human Dimensions of Conservation Gardening Several demographic populations are underrepresented in the conservation gardening community. Efforts should be made to engage males, and people of younger age, lower income and vaired educational levels.

ECO Campus

The Bridges and Barriers to Environmental Education on an E.C.O. (Educating Children Outdoors) Campus A survey, interviews, and classroom observations showed one of the most significant barriers was lack of time due to prep for testing. Other obstacles were discomfort teaching EE, lack of recognition of EE as interdisciplinary (i.e. not relevant to math and English). Proximity and relevance to curriculum most valued in EE actvities

Environmental Inquiry

SCENIQ - Students Conducting Environmental Inquiry To engage diverse students they provide fee waivers, bus scholarships, a bilingual educator, and program materials in English and Spanish. Curricula for grades 1-5 are unique and based on Next Gen, and science talk is prompted throughout the lessons.

Encouraging Healthy Eating in Camps
Encouraging Healthy Eating and Physical Activity at Residential Summer Camps Recommendations 1) train staff in nutrition and monitoring camper eating behavior 2) inquire about staff interest in physical activity in programming and during hiring 3) limit added sugar in snack options 4) establish opportunities for campers to observe active others during down time 5) create activity standards in each program area 6) avoid food as a reward
Nature Mentors
Nature Mentors: using active outdoor exploration as "medicine for kids" Developing outdoor skills with mentors changed students' intentions, behavior and psychosocial orientation with respect to the outdoors
nepal local curriculum
Local Curriculum: an Opportunity for Effective Environmental Education The national curriculum encouraged schools to develop local, place based curricula for students. In many schools students are now studying local disaster management
Neuroscience of Green Concern
Building Preservice Teacher's Environmental Concern through Neuroscience Most participants were motivated to change their environmental habits after looking at pictures of environmental damage and were less motivated after looking at pictures of healthy environments.