3:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Conference and Luther Housing Check-in - Outside Valders Hall Room 206
|10:00 - 4:30 p.m.||Key & Location|
|Youth - Mental Health First Aid||Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. This 6-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to children and adolescents (ages 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. Pre-registration required as part of the conference registration. (Limit: 25) Cost: $50 that covers training materials and a box lunch.||Cancelled|
|Beginning to End: Create an Environmental Distance Learning Experience Aaron Wilson, Program Director, Welty Environmental Center||Participant groups will create and edit a distance learning program that utilizes both synchronous and asynchronous elements to engage audiences that are not able to visit (for whatever reason: COVID-19, distance, other) an environmental center. This would be a great collaboration for classroom teachers and their local naturalists/non-formal educators! Pre-registration required as part of the conference registration. (Minimum of 5 and maximum of 20 participants) Additional details will be emailed directly to registered participants.||Valders 367|
|11:30 - 4:30 p.m.|
|NAAEE Guidelines and WILD Training||Dive into the NAAEE EE Materials: Guidelines for Excellence with Aquatic WILD activities and resources woven in. Participants will receive both the Guidelines document and an Aquatic WILD Guide. Pre-registration required as part of the conference registration. (Limit: 20)||Valders 369|
|3:00 - 4:30 p.m.|
|Explore Luther's Natural Areas Trails: Prairies and Woodland Hikes Molly McNicoll, Associate Professor of Biology Luther College, and Luther Students||Explore beyond central Luther College campus and connect to our sense of place. Light hiking on the trails accessible from campus. An opportunity to get outside and learn how we are restoring, managing, and using our outdoor classrooms. Or just come along to get outside!||Valders Atrium|
|5:00 - 6:00 p.m.|
|Keystone AEA Recertification Credit||If you have signed up for the one-recertification credit through AEA, please meet with your instructor at this time to verify assignments.||Valders 369|
|5:00 - 7:00 p.m.|
|Evening Social and Welcome Reception||Enjoy a casual mixer at Toppling Goliath Brewery where conference participants can socialize, enjoy local drinks, and listen to live music. Cash bar.||Toppling Goliath Brewery|
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Conference Check-in - Outside Valders Hall room 206
8:30 a.m. - Welcome to Conference and Decorah - Valders 206
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. - Break / Snack - Valders Atrium
|User-Generated Science Phenomena with Iowa PBS
Tiffany Morgan, Instructional Media Coordinator, Iowa PBS
|Access to standards-aligned, locally-relevant phenomena is critical for Iowa science teachers. The Iowa PBS Iowa Science Phenomena project collaborates with Iowa organizations and educators to curate and share a growing collection of user-generated Iowa-specific phenomena, representing locally-relevant or unique concepts. Learn how you can be involved in this project.||
|Creating an Outdoor Classroom Beyond the Curriculum
Erica Dodge, Sustainability Education Coordinator, Green Iowa AmeriCorps
|Learn about how Clear Creek Amana CSD and Green Iowa AmeriCorps designed an Outdoor Classroom for their Middle School keeping in mind the needs of students and the community. Specific needs include social-emotional learning, distanced learning in a time of COVID-19, and student accessibility.||
|Humans Gave Land, Water, and People Boundaries, Yet There are None
Peggy Doty, Environment & Energy Educator II, University of Illinois Extension
|People divide to conquer whether it be county lines, countries, or people. Collaborating helps to erase boundaries and allows work on the environment in its entirety, including people. We, as environmental educators, need to be the collaboration bridge that allows us to share what we know not tell people what we know.||
|Reducing Pesticide Use: How Iowa's Natural Prairies Can Benefit a School District
Meg McAloon, Operations Coordinator, Green Iowa AmeriCorps; Lisa Stark, Education Coordinator, Green Iowa AmeriCorps; Emily Dvorak, Program Manager, Good Neighbor Iowa; and Ben Grimm, Grounds Manager, Iowa City Community School District
|We all know working with pesticides can be a dangerous job, but do we really understand the short and long term effects these harsh chemicals can have on our health and our environment? This presentation will address the practical steps of reducing pesticide application as well as the impacts on human and environmental health.||
|A Child Born Today May Experience an Earth 5 Degrees F Warmer than Preindustrial Earth
Bruce Krawisz, M.D., Marshfield Clinic Research Institute
|This presentation is about the public health effects of climate change. We will examine health aspects of exposure to intense heat, drought, floods, more powerful hurricanes, infections related to water contamination and carried by arachnids and insects, problems related to agriculture, mental health, and rising sea levels. Virtual. Download Bruce's handout (PDF)||
11:15 - 11:30 a.m. - Break
Noon - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch - Peace Dining Room in Dahl Centennial Union
2:10 - 2:30 p.m. - Break
Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and her other work has appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. She tours widely and has been featured on NPR’s On Being with Krista Tippett and in 2015 addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.” Kimmerer lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.
Robin Wall Kimmerer will be providing her keynote presentation live and virtually in Valders Hall Room 206.
Keynote speaker sponsorship is provided by a grant from the BeWildReWild Fund at Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.
7:00 - 7:45 - Rise & Shine Yoga Flow - Dahl Centennial Union Terrace
Join Laree Schouweiler, yoga teacher and founder of the Driftless Yoga Festival, for a “Rise & Shine Yoga Flow” on the Dahl Centennial Union terrace overlooking the Oneota River Valley. This vinyasa-based class is designed to explore the ecosystem of yoga: breath, gentle flow & rest. No previous yoga experience necessary and some mats will be available (but bring your own if you know you’ll be there). In an effort to make class accessible, sliding scale options, with suggested donation for class of $5-$15.
8:30 a.m. - Welcome and Overview of the Day - Valders Room 206
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. - Break
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch - Peace Dining Room in Dahl Centennial Union
2:45 - 3:00 p.m. - Break
An Informal Celebration and Gathering
The final full day of MEEC will finish with an evening celebration and dinner at the Decorah Fish Hatchery - a fully operational trout hatchery. MEEC participants will enjoy an open air reception, vendor fair, food, and live music from Joe and Vicki Price, all with a beautiful Driftless Area backdrop.
Jacobs was born in Wahoo, Nebraska. After living on a farm, his family moved to Fremont, Nebraska, when he was 5 years old. Growing up in the Midwest gave him an appreciation for the simple things in life. He holds a BS in biology, with minors in earth science and art from Wayne State College. After graduating, he worked at Purina Mills. Eventually, he was employed in sales and marketing for 10 years at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.
After a great deal of soul searching, Jacobs left the security of corporate America, and decided to pursue other dreams. While exploring other countries, taking photos became a natural expression of the journey as he documented and verified the common ground of our humanity. To Jacobs, photography is a discovery process where something extraordinary can be found within the confines of ordinary life.
These days, when Dean is not traveling, he keeps busy as a contributing newspaper columnist, photojournalist, children’s book author, and keynote and motivational presenter across the country. Dean also leads young people on journeys to explore the Amazon rain forest and Andean Mountains of South America.
Dean's goal is to share his stories with the hope of changing his audiences’ perspective about people and cultures in the world, while helping them remember their own dreams.
See you in Valders 206.