Presenters: Ryan Pennesi and Dawn Tanner
Wednesday, February 10 2016 7:30-8:30pm EST
Young people do not realize there are so many interesting things that they can learn about animals in their own schoolyard and neighborhood. Using remote cameras helps teachers to increase technology learning in their classrooms and brings students outside to create meaningful connections. Whether you think small scale at what your students will learn about the animals that share their space when they are absent or you choose to connect with local scientists, setting up trail cameras will give you a window into the wild. Join Ryan and Dawn in discussion as they address choosing the best locations to place the cameras, how to set them up and what can be done both inside and outside of the classroom with the resulting images and data.
Ryan Pennesi is a Mentor Naturalist at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minnesota. After studying wildlife conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he worked as a crew leader with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and as an environmental educator with the Student Conservation Association in Western Massachusetts. Dawn Tanner teaches field and international courses on conservation techniques at the University of Minnesota. As part of her dissertation work in conservation biology, she collaborated with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN Project WILD), Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, Afton-Lakeland Elementary, and Afton State Park to teach with remote cameras and create the Taking Action Opportunities (TAO) curriculum (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/projectwild/tao/index.html)
Presenter: Harv Teitelbaum
Monday, February 29 2016 7:30-8:30pm EST
Why climb trees? On a very basic level, we all sense that it feels good to be around trees and forests. But beyond engendering a sense of well-being, there is a growing body of scientific evidence that being in the forest environment has positive psychological effects. Harv Teitelbaum wants you to climb and perhaps someday facilitate your own group climbs. In this webinar he hopes to encourage you to do so and tell you just how it’s done.
Harv Teitelbaum operates Tree Climbing Colorado and lives in Evergreen, Colorado. He is the current President of the Global Organization of Tree Climbers and can be contacted at info(at)gotreeclimbing.org.
Presenters: Remy Rodden and Joyce Rouse (Earth Mama)
Thursday, March 31 2016 7:30-8:30pm EST
Why do we teach and learn our ABC’s with a song? Learning techniques that use music, motion, humor and fun take place in the affective domain of the brain, and tend to be deeper and longer lasting. Join two veteran singer-songwriter-performers for tips and tools for using music to teach and reinforce concepts for long term behavioral changes.
Remy Rodden is a singer-songwriter and Manager of Environmental Education and Youth Programs with the Department of Environment, in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. He’s performed his “not-for-kids-only” nature and conservation songs from coast to coast to coast in Canada, and every continent including Antarctica — in schools, in festivals, at conferences, and for the penguins! Joyce Rouse (Earth Mama) is a singer, songwriter, actor, educator and creator of the Earth Mama® music projects. She addresses the critical issues facing our planet, as inspired by her love of Earth and her Masters Degree in Earth Literacy. She communicates her messages in an effective and entertaining way, in words adults and children alike can readily understand, and in a variety of tempos that make them fun to listen to and easy to remember. Her songs are heard world-wide through various media, at Earth Mama concerts, and on her eleven CD’s which now play on six continents.