Appalachian Green Teachers Conference set

Appalachian Green Teachers Conference set

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Registration is open for the eighth annual Appalachian Green Teachers Conference, which will be held Oct. 28-29 at Burr Oak Lodge & Conference Center.

The conference will have presentations including the following: Pollinator Gardens for Early Elementary Education, Growing Fungi to Study Decomposers, Engaging Kids in Nature and Medicinal Plants Workshop: Herbal Salve Making.

Presenters include experts from Community Food Initiatives, United Plant Savers, Rural Action, local universities, Logan Elm Local School District and more. In addition, attendees will have opportunities to compare notes and network.

Conference organizers decided to hold the conference in person, but COVID precautions will be in place.

“We will emphasize outdoor time, and masks will be required while indoors to minimize risk for participants,” said Joe Brehm, Rural Action environmental education director. “The pandemic and climate change underscore the importance of a conference like ours. We need environmental literacy and passion for science badly, and globally. Teachers need viable options for taking students outside during the school day, and we all need a sense of togetherness and camaraderie.”

Educators also might want to consider registering for the Community and Career Connected Learning Summit, which Building Bridges to Careers will hold Oct. 27 at the Burr Oak Lodge.

Graduate credit and scholarships are available for the Appalachian Green Teachers Conference. Register at https://ruralaction.org/our-work/environmental-education/appalachian-green-teachers-conference/.