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Environmental education conference set for Jenny C. Wiley State Resort Park

Scheduled from Sept. 10-12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2015) — The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE) has scheduled its 39th annual conference, “Full STEAM Ahead,” from Sept. 10-12 at Jenny C. Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg.

This year’s conference explores Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Agriculture, and Math (STEAM).

Highlights include:

  • Science, Engineering and Math sessions focus on geology, forests, water, energy, ecology, manufacturing, GIS, GPS, technology and apps.
  • Food Systems — sessions give participants an indepth look at agriculture, food prep/preservation, soil science, farmer’s markets, hunting, and related technology and apps.
  • The Arts — sessions focus on the interface between the arts and environmental education, including music, Bluegrass and Appalachian culture, woodworking, sculpture, quilting, home crafts, and related technology and apps.
  • Skills and Competencies for Organizations — sessions provide skills in advocacy, board development, grant writing, networking, fundraising, politics and policy, and related technology and apps.

There will also be offsite sessions taking place around the community, including dinner and music at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg; elk, pontoon boat, and abandoned mine tours; biking the Dawkins Line Rail Trail; and a workshop at the Robinson Forest and Wood Utilization Center.

“A growing number of green jobs require a strong understanding of complex environmental systems,” said KAEE’s executive director Ashley Hoffman. “This year’s conference reiterates how the interdisciplinary nature of EE can be used to teach all STEAM topics and address the new state standards.

KAEE was founded in 1976, making it one of the country’s oldest environmental education organizations. Its membership is composed of K-12 teachers, postsecondary faculty, non-formal educators, such as park naturalists, and citizens.