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Missouri Environmental Education News October 2016

Springfield Botanical Center

Springfield Botanical Center

Board President Mary McCarthy shares updates on the 2016 conference.

MOGSEE Conference

November 4-5 is MEEA’s annual Missouri Green Schools and Environmental Education (MOGSEE) Conference in Springfield, Queen City of the Ozarks. Set in the beautiful Springfield Botanical Center, this event features a full day of presentations and networking.

This year’s theme, Down To Earth: Project and Place-Based Learning highlights four strands: Climate Change, The Ozarks, Teaching in Rural Communities, and Project and Place-Based Learning,

On Friday, we have a field trip at Watershed Center at Valley Water Mill Park from 2 to 4:30 and in the evening we will be screening "Green Fire" a documentary about Aldo Leopold with a social time at 5:00 and the screening at 5:30

On Saturday we are very honored to have Dr. Pat Guinan, Extension/State Climatologist as our Plenary speaker. In addition to other duties, Dr. Guinan is Director of the Missouri Climate Center. He operates a statewide network of 34 automated weather stations, and he is and co-coordinator of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRHaS) network in Missouri. Dr. Guinan will discuss 122 years of Missouri seasonal climate trends as well as some of the anomalies of a warming world.

Our Keynote speakers are graduates of the Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE). The GLADE program, sponsored by the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society and Missouri State University (MSU), is open to High School students in grades 10 and 11. Participants benefit from intensive Place-Based learning during a week in June at the MSU Bull Shoals Field Station. Students learn about water systems, wildlife, and land. This program provides students with skills and knowledge they then take back to their schools and communities, enhancing environmental knowledge and action. GLADE is a recipient of MEEA’s Environmental Education Service Award to a Community-based Organization.

We have a full schedule of presenters from around Missouri. Topics range from “Exploring EE in New Missouri Learning Standards”, “The Nature of Wonder”, to “Schoolcraft in the Early Ozarks”.

We are still accepting proposals for Table Talks and Poster Presentations. We also feature an EE Slam for attendees to share their projects and ideas. If you are interested in doing a Table Talk, Poster, or being in the EE slam, please submit a proposal at the MOGSEE here. The deadline for Table Talks and Posters is October 15. EE Slam deadline is November 5 or whenever slots fill up.

Registration is open now. Early registration ends October 15, and registration continues on until the day of the Conference. So please register now, and we look forward to seeing you there!

The MEEA List of Things to Know About the State of Environmental Literacy (Why you should attend the conference!)

EE Resources Related to the Conference

Things to Look for (or Look Out for) in October

Check out MEEA's "Green Holidays" calendar to plan for future events


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