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Ohio EPA Mobile Education Center Coming to Maumee Bay State Park Educators’ Conference
Ohio EPA is partnering with the Environmental Education Council of Ohio (EECO) for a statewide conference for educators this week, April 12-15, at Maumee Bay State Park Lodge and Conference Center in Oregon.
Ohio EPA’s Mobile Education Center, which features construction and materials by Ohio-based companies that use reused, reclaimed and recycled materials, will showcase two recently funded projects to monitor water quality in Lake Erie’s Western Basin and to reduce air pollution in the ports of Ashtabula, Cleveland, Conneaut and Toledo.
The conference kicks off Thursday with the second annual Student Wildlife Research Symposium sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife and EECO. Adult speakers and high school student presenters will provide information from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday field trips will visit the National Museum of the Great Lakes and Howard Marsh, the newest metropark in Northwest Ohio. Saturday’s keynote speaker is John Huston, science teacher with Montgomery County Juvenile Court in Dayton, who will explore how to introduce nature to a population of at-risk youth in a way that meets academic goals while building life skills.
Workshops and presentations are organized around five themes:
- Lake Erie and Water Education: Presentations focus on how to effectively educate students and adults about storm water, nutrient loading and other issues impacting water quality in Lake Erie. Ohio EPA will be offering a workshop on Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), an award-winning national program that has just released a new early childhood curriculum, “Getting Little Feet WET.”
- STEM & Careers: Presentations highlight programs and resources that inspire students to pursue an environmental career path, with special emphasis on careers in environmental science and engineering.
- Strategic Growth for Organizations: Presentations focus on strengthening, improving and sustaining organizations and their environmental education programs. Topics include funding and philanthropy, staff development and volunteer coordination.
- Outdoor Education and Natural History: Presentations showcase opportunities, technologies and techniques to help participants learn more about nature and their local environment.
- Sustainability and Energy: Presentations in address energy sources, uses and how energy choices affect our lives.
Ohio EPA’s Mobile Education Center is a “tiny house” that is designed to be easily adapted to educate students and adults about current environmental events and issues, sustainability and how the environment affects Ohio’s economy.
The full conference program and registration information are available at https://eeco.wildapricot.org/.
Maumee Bay State Park Lodge and Conference Center is located at 1750 State Park Road #2, Oregon, OH.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.