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Welcome to the 2022 Virginia Association for Environmental Education (VAEE) Annual Conference at the Airfield Conference Center and 4-H Educational Center in charming Sussex County, VA! From Friday, August 12th to Sunday August 14th, we will host educational, inspiring, and enjoyable workshops, make and takes, concurrent sessions, social time, and field trips! Everything you need should be on this platform, but if you feel like viewing the schedule as a PDF, you may find that here. View the venue map here.

We hope to provide you a safe, healthy, and inclusive learning opportunity as we return to in-person for 2022!

Please review the VAEE Covid19 Policies and contact events@virginiaee.org if you have any questions.

Check in for lodging is at 4pm with multiple conference check in times available throughout the weekend.

Thank you for engaging and learning with our EE community!

Sincerely,

April Harper & Bianca Myrick
Board Chair & Executive Director

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Friday, August 12
 

8:30am EDT

Keep Virginia Cozy Litter Clean Up
Limited Capacity seats available

Take time to practice what we preach through a field trip that gives back! Keep
Virginia Cozy will lead a crew of EE volunteers to clean up a nearby natural
area.


Friday August 12, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Wilcox Watershed Conservancy 1614 Defense Rd, Petersburg VA 23805

8:30am EDT

The Search for the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Wildlife Tour Guide and James River Association staff members on a search
for threatened Red-Cockaded Woodpecker. Currently on the State Watch List
as well as the IUCN Red List, this field trip will take us to known nesting locations
at Big Woods Wildlife Management Area and Piney Grove Natural Area, which is
managed by The Nature Conservancy. Participants will learn about the crucial
habitat for this species and hopefully see a beautiful bird! Participants will meet
at the Big Woods WMA


Friday August 12, 2022 8:30am - 11:30am EDT
Big Woods WMA 32775 Cedar Sign Post Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

9:00am EDT

Nominate Award Recipients!!!!
Nominate here or find the nomination table at the conference! VAEE wants to celebrate the dedication to environmental literacy and justice in Virginia. Please self-nominate or nominate others. We will celebrate award recipients in December of 2022.
VAEE's awards recognize excellent environmental education in the following categories:


Friday August 12, 2022 9:00am - Sunday August 14, 2022 12:30pm EDT

12:30pm EDT

$2000 Goal! Scholarship Raffle Display
Located at Burnside Dining room area, we will have a display available for raffle items and volunteers will be stationed to sell raffle tickets nearby. All proceeds go to offering scholarships at future conferences and professional learning experiences. 


Friday August 12, 2022 12:30pm - Saturday August 13, 2022 6:00pm EDT
Burnside Dining Room

1:00pm EDT

Composting Best Practices and Techniques Make & Take
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will include a presentation on composting best practices and tips, as well as a
discussion of the soil science that goes into compost production. Afterwards, participants will create a
worm composting bin that they can use for outreach, complete with their very own starter worms!
Worm composting bins are odorless, easy to manage and take little space. Particularly valuable for
teaching 3rd-grade soil science programs. Materials include a two layers of bins, spacers, starter
worms, and soil. Bring your food scraps from breakfast!

Speakers
AP

Ashley Palmer

Northern Virginia SWCD


Friday August 12, 2022 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Spain 15213 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

1:00pm EDT

NAAEE's Guidelines for Excellence: K-12 Environmental Education Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

The Guidelines for Excellence sets high quality, national standards for EE. This workshop focuses on the K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines which provide a roadmap to achieving environmental literacy according to what an environmentally literate student should know and be able to do. We will spend time applying these comprehensive standards to your own EE practice.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Poelzing

Tara Poelzing

Certification Administrator, Virginia Association for Environmental Education
I am energized by the thought of learning from and working with so many fellow environmental educators! I found my way into environmental education and interpretation by first working as a high school English, Public Speaking, and Theater teacher and then finding work as a Naturalist... Read More →


Friday August 12, 2022 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Point Yancy 15210 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

1:00pm EDT

Project Learning Tree Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

and learn aEnhance your teaching skills and become comfortable teaching outdoors – in urban, suburban, or rural
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Speakers

Friday August 12, 2022 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Morgan 15212 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

2:00pm EDT

Coffee! Brought to you by Cedar Mountain Farm
Coffee!

Cedar Mountain Farm: https://cedarmountain.farm/

Friday August 12, 2022 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Burnside Dining Room

4:00pm EDT

Lodging Check In
Lodging check is in from 4-7pm daily. 

Friday August 12, 2022 4:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
AIRFIELD 4-H & Conference Center 15189 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

6:00pm EDT

Dinner
Ginger Veggie Stir Fry
Desert

Friday August 12, 2022 6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT
Burnside Dining Room

7:00pm EDT

Social and Pool Party! With Donations from Crunchy Hydration!
Limited Capacity seats available

Social time by the pool! Some canned, adult beverages will be available. You may also BYOB as long as it is in a can! See you there!

HUGE thank you to Crunch Hydration, based out of Virginia Beach, providing canned sparkling waters! Check them out! https://crunchyhydration.com/


Friday August 12, 2022 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Horace Gray Swimming Pool
 
Saturday, August 13
 

8:00am EDT

Continental Breakfast
Pastries
Cereals
Juices
Coffee
Milk

Saturday August 13, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Burnside Dining Room

9:00am EDT

Welcome & Plenary with Christine Gyovai
Conference welcome and introduction to our plenary speaker.

Christine Muehlman Gyovai is the Principal of Dialogue + Design Associates and has over twenty years of experience in creating community transformation and resilience. The granddaughter of a coal miner and a firefly scientist, Ms. Gyovai grew up in West Virginia.  She holds certificates in design charrettes, coaching, mediation and permaculture design, and is a member of the National Roster of Environmental Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals. A frequent speaker at conferences and events, she holds a M.U.E.P. in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Burlington College. She lives in central Virginia with her husband and two children.

She is also the host of the podcast "Yes! We Rise". The
Yes! We Rise podcast features solutions-seekers, change-makers, and those creating a resilient future. We share stories and strategies to inspire action to build collective resilience and community transformation. To create change, people need to feel like they belong and that they are part of a growing movement. They need to know their voice matters and that they have the inspiration, agency and ability to transform their lives and their communities. They are the key to a resilient future.


Saturday August 13, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Airfield Auditorium

10:00am EDT

Behavior of Coyotes in Virginia
Limited Capacity seats available

Dr. Richard Groover has conducted a two-year study on Coyotes in Hanover County, Virginia. His
research has data as to where the Coyotes normally live in nature, what their behavior includes, where
they usually travel as they move up to 5 miles per day, and how to mitigate their damage to farmers.

Speakers
DR

Dr. Richard Groover

The Environmental Almanac of Virginia


Saturday August 13, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Mill Run 15211 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

10:00am EDT

Incorporating Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Limited Capacity seats available

Join former staff member of the Rappahannock Tribe as their director of environmental services,
historian, and curator leads a presentation that facilitates an information exchange between
contemporary native communities and scientists.

Speakers

Saturday August 13, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Spain 15213 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

10:00am EDT

Engaging High School Students through Authentic Environmental Science Research and Stewardship
Limited Capacity seats available

At many high schools in the state of Virginia the opportunity for high school students to conduct
authentic scientific research is non-existent. The Virginia Academy of Science (VAS) and Virginia Junior
Academy of Science (VJAS) set out to fill this void and initiated a program to connect high school
students and their teachers with professors at colleges and universities. Come learn how we have
implemented this program at Dinwiddie High School and the unique opportunities it has provided to our
students.

Speakers

Saturday August 13, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Point Yancy 15210 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

10:00am EDT

NEW ROOM! WETting our Whistle with the Richmond Environment
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us to discuss The Richmond Environment, our 2 yr Capacity Building BWET grant. We intend to
engage our community to develop an Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP) for RPS that is rooted in
environmental justice.

Speakers
avatar for Meredeth Dash

Meredeth Dash

VA RiverWise Coordinator, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay


Saturday August 13, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Airfield Auditorium

10:00am EDT

NEW! Project Learning Tree Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Enhance your teaching skills and become comfortable teaching outdoors – in urban, suburban, or rural environments. Receive multi-disciplinary, hands-on lessons aligned with state and national academic
standards. Put the materials to use right away in your own classroom, playground, or nature center.

Speakers

Saturday August 13, 2022 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Morgan 15212 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

11:00am EDT

Water Quality and Literature, A Storybook Ending
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us as we share how we connect water quality and language arts at Appomattox Middle School.
We'll share how we apply the book, "Flush" by Carl Hiaasen, and participants will receive a copy of
"Water Quality Factors".

Speakers
avatar for Bonnie Tillotson

Bonnie Tillotson

Virginia Cooperative Extension


Saturday August 13, 2022 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Point Yancy 15210 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

11:00am EDT

What is Environmental Action Civics?
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Earth Force for a timely discussion on incorporating civic learning opportunities in environmental
education. We will look at valuable action civics tools and take part in activities to get you thinking
about how your program can help support young people practice the skills they need to be effective,
engaged environmental citizens.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Jennings

Sarah Jennings

Program Manager, Earth Force
Welcome! I am looking forward to sharing with you about environmental action civics. As a prior educator, 10 years of formal and informal teaching, I now work with disticts and those who work with educators at environmental NGOs and universities to elevate their MWEE action projects... Read More →


Saturday August 13, 2022 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Spain 15213 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

11:00am EDT

Incorporating Student Environmental Research into MWEEs
Limited Capacity seats available

This lively discussion will focus on opportunities for educators to provide MWEEs using the GLOBE
Program and NOAA’s Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program. Speakers will include a
representative from Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists (YLACES), grantees from schools
and informal education centers serving marginalized students in the Chesapeake Bay and a GLOBE
Program official.

Speakers
avatar for Dixon Butler

Dixon Butler

President, Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists (YLACES)
Dr. Butler is a Ph.D. atmospheric scientist who has spent most of his career planning, managing, and overseeing Earth science research and satellite remote sensing and is today a consultant to NASA and others. During the 1980s, Butler led the planning of the Earth Observing System... Read More →


Saturday August 13, 2022 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Mill Run 15211 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

11:00am EDT

NEW ROOM! Discussing Organizational Ways of Being
Limited Capacity seats available

This round table discussion is an open opportunity to share how your organization sets its organizational ways of being. What ideals and habits does it portray. VAEE Executive Director and Chair share their experiences from the NAAEE Leadership Clinic.

Saturday August 13, 2022 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Airfield Auditorium

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
Veggie Burger
Veggie Wrap
Pasta Salad
Desert

Saturday August 13, 2022 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Burnside Dining Room

1:00pm EDT

Annual Membership Meeting
Annual meeting includes announcements, board reporting, and Executive Director reporting. Efficient, concise, with abundant time for Q&A

Speakers
avatar for Tara Poelzing

Tara Poelzing

Certification Administrator, Virginia Association for Environmental Education
I am energized by the thought of learning from and working with so many fellow environmental educators! I found my way into environmental education and interpretation by first working as a high school English, Public Speaking, and Theater teacher and then finding work as a Naturalist... Read More →
avatar for Daria Christian

Daria Christian

Executive Director, Friends of the Rappahannock
I love to see youth inspired to take action to protect our natural places!
NS

Nancy Stalik

Friends of the Rappahannock


Saturday August 13, 2022 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Burnside Dining Room

1:30pm EDT

Sectional Meetups
Saturday August 13, 2022 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Afternoon Pick Me Up! Brought to you by Cedar Mountain Farm
Coffee
Cookies
Soft Drinks

Cedar Mountain Farm: https://cedarmountain.farm/

Saturday August 13, 2022 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Burnside Dining Room

2:10pm EDT

Revitalize, Restore, Replant!
Limited Capacity seats available

Now Delivered Virtually Due to Unforeseen Circumstances. Moderated by: April Harper

Learn how ecologists help students turn school campuses into real-world teaching tools through native plant installations. Students take part in planting, learn about local water quality issues, and take ownership of their project.


Speakers
avatar for Danielle Wynne

Danielle Wynne

ecologist, Fairfax County Watershed Education and Outreach
Creative and non-traditional education programming for K-12. Stormwater, watersheds, freshwater science.
avatar for Chris Mueller

Chris Mueller

Ecologist, Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division
avatar for Dionna Bucci

Dionna Bucci

Ecologist, Fairfax County Stormwater Planning


Saturday August 13, 2022 2:10pm - 3:00pm EDT
Spain 15213 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

2:10pm EDT

CANCELED: What Environmental Educators Need to Know About Abolitionist Teaching
Limited Capacity seats available

Due to a family emergency, Dani is unable to attend and present. She will be missed, but let's keep her family in our hearts and minds this weekend. 

Environmental education (EE) is used to get students outside of classrooms and into nature. However, it
can perpetuate white supremacy. By centering abolitionist teaching (Love, 2019), could EE be used to
get outside of the harm caused by schools and dismantle racist policies and practices?

Speakers
avatar for Dani Toma-Harrold

Dani Toma-Harrold

Student, Elon University
Dani Toma-Harrold is a junior elementary education major with minors in African/African American Studies & Environmental Education at Elon University.


Saturday August 13, 2022 2:10pm - 3:00pm EDT
Point Yancy 15210 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

2:10pm EDT

Tips and Tricks for Effective Meetings
Limited Capacity seats available

We've all been at a meeting that has gone off the rails! Come ready to share and learn about leading
efficient and effective meetings and avoid future derailments.

Speakers
avatar for Daria Christian

Daria Christian

Executive Director, Friends of the Rappahannock
I love to see youth inspired to take action to protect our natural places!


Saturday August 13, 2022 2:10pm - 3:00pm EDT
Mill Run 15211 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

2:10pm EDT

Ask the ED: An Open Forum
Limited Capacity seats available

Our work at VAEE is grounded in community. Take time to engage, ask questions, and build relationships with the VAEE Executive Director and others in our field.

Speakers
avatar for Bianca Myrick

Bianca Myrick

Executive director, Virginia Association for Environmental Education
I am the founder and executive director of Pretty Purposed, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring communities to empower young women and girls through mentorship and enrichment programming. As a former 5th and 6th grade educator, my teaching career has fostered a love of... Read More →


Saturday August 13, 2022 2:10pm - 3:00pm EDT
Morgan 15212 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

3:40pm EDT

Targeting Nutrients through Floating Wetlands
Limited Capacity seats available

Featuring a MWEE Action project of designing, building and learning about the importance of a wetland
ecosystem.

Speakers
NS

Nancy Stalik

Friends of the Rappahannock


Saturday August 13, 2022 3:40pm - 4:30pm EDT
Point Yancy 15210 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

3:40pm EDT

Questing for Knowledge: A Deep Dive into Exploring the Unknown
Limited Capacity seats available

Blandy educators share resources & techniques they use to encourage deep learning and
student discoveries. Our focus will be lichen but please bring your own mystery specimen, or
multiple photographs.


Saturday August 13, 2022 3:40pm - 4:30pm EDT
Spain 15213 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

3:40pm EDT

No Hablo Ingles: Enhancing Accessibility and Inclusivity for a Better Guest Experience
Limited Capacity seats available

What can we do to better serve our non-English speaking guests? The Maymont Educators will give you
a run-down of how they have improved accessibility of their Nature Center and Grounds, a short Spanish
lesson, and resources to boot!

Speakers

Saturday August 13, 2022 3:40pm - 4:30pm EDT
Morgan 15212 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

3:40pm EDT

STEM Majors in Sustainability, Environment, and Conservation
Limited Capacity seats available

Students want STEM careers, but the environment rarely comes to mind when they hear that term. Come
hear about Virginia Tech’s “other” STEM majors and how to connect students to environmental careers.

Speakers
JG

John Gray Williams

Director of Recruitment for College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia Tech
John Gray Williams has served as the Director of Recruitment for Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment for 8 years, and prior to that, he worked as a career counselor for 5 years. He holds Bachelor's degrees in Geography and Environmental Policy and Planning... Read More →


Saturday August 13, 2022 3:40pm - 4:30pm EDT
Mill Run 15211 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

6:00pm EDT

Dinner & Cash Bar
Chicken Parmesan
Meat Lasagna
Veggie Lasagna
Salad
Garlic Break
Dessert

Saturday August 13, 2022 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Burnside Dining Room

7:00pm EDT

Keynote Followed by Raffle Winners
The VAEE Board and Staff welcomes Dr. Easley Branch.

Dr. Thomas RaShad Easley founded Mind Heart for Diversity Consulting, LLC. After Easley’s extensive academic experience with land-grant institutions and Ivy League institutions, he stepped out to form MH4D. For 20 years while Easley was working as a forester and diversity professional, he learned and immediately applied diversity, equity and inclusion principles to enhance his work experience, his relationships, and clients that was supporting. 


Saturday August 13, 2022 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Airfield Auditorium
 
Sunday, August 14
 

8:00am EDT

Continental Breakfast
Pastries
Cereals
Juices
Coffee
Milk

Sunday August 14, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Burnside Dining Room

9:00am EDT

Environmental Changes through HOA Partnerships
Limited Capacity seats available

Working with planned neighborhoods and HOA’s can provide opportunities to make sweeping changes in neighborhoods and parks that may not otherwise be available. LRNow has partnered with the Ocean Lakes Homeowner Association to plant approximately 700 trees in its neighborhoods, HOA-managed parks to help with flooding from our Back Bay watershed. Learn about collaboration and taking action.

Speakers
HK

Helen Kuhns

Lynnhaven River Now


Sunday August 14, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Point Yancy 15210 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

9:00am EDT

NEW! Applying DEI Principles to My Work
Limited Capacity seats available

For those that are interested in applying Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion principles, we're going to explore the principles, Dr. Easley addresses August 13th. Please bring your questions as well as challenges you have experienced in your place of work as it relates to DEI.

Sunday August 14, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Airfield Auditorium

9:00am EDT

Environmental Education Certification Q&A
Limited Capacity seats available

Designed with both formal and informal educators in mind, the Virginia Environmental Education
Certification Program sets a statewide standard for exemplary environmental education practice,
encourages exploration of environmental education resources, and promotes professional growth. This
certification program is relevant for anyone in Virginia who educates about an aspect of the
environment, would like to strengthen their environmental or pedagogical expertise, and is passionate
about professionalism in environmental education. Join us to and ask your questions!

Speakers
avatar for Tara Poelzing

Tara Poelzing

Certification Administrator, Virginia Association for Environmental Education
I am energized by the thought of learning from and working with so many fellow environmental educators! I found my way into environmental education and interpretation by first working as a high school English, Public Speaking, and Theater teacher and then finding work as a Naturalist... Read More →


Sunday August 14, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Spain 15213 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

9:00am EDT

This is Life! Hands-on with the Environmental Forest School
Limited Capacity seats available

When do you really appreciate the sun? Does earth make you smile? How Treacherous is a Log? "This is
Life!!!". Join us for a look at our 2020-21 forest school, Get into Nature. Life gave us a pandemic, so we
took nine four to ten year olds into nature to just be in the forest. What happened then? Come see for
yourself and hear stories from the students.

Speakers
JM

Jim McCullough

Adventure Walkers


Sunday August 14, 2022 9:00am - 10:50am EDT
Morgan 15212 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

9:00am EDT

Outdoor Fun! Challenge Course, Canoes & Kayaks
Limited Capacity seats available

VAEE wants you to experience all the joys of environmental education during this conference!
Take time to unwind for a session that includes outdoor adventure options. Kayaks and canoes
will be available as well as a challenge course. Come with your coworkers or with friends (new
and old!), for a celebratory "unwind" to conclude the formal portion of the conference.


Sunday August 14, 2022 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
Lake Airfield 15189 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

10:00am EDT

The Transformative Power of Nature Observation
Limited Capacity seats available

The first step in scientific method is observation. Helping your students build observational muscle
memory will tap into the deep well of curiosity that all of us naturally have. In this session we'll explore
ways that we can make use of a child's natural curiosity to encourage outdoor investigation at it's most
basic, and most valuable.

Speakers
CM

Christen Miller

Virginia State Parks


Sunday August 14, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Morgan 15212 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

10:00am EDT

Cross-Curricular, Co-Created, Culturally-Affirming: An NPS Partnership for Equitable Environmental Education
Limited Capacity seats available

In this interactive workshop, learn our strategies for creating a cross-curricular, culturally-affirming,
science and history MWEE that fulfills the missions of multiple partners, meets Virginia SOLs, promotes
environmental literacy, embraces hybrid learning, reaches every 4th/5th equitably, and helps students
make meaningful connections to local waterways, all during the pandemic!

Sunday August 14, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Point Yancy 15210 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888

12:30pm EDT

Bacon's Castle Tour
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore the history of Bacon's Castle. This historical site offers opportunities to explore High Jacobean architecture and colonial history. Bacon's Castle, in recent years, has become dedicated to acknowledging Black histories and respectfully sharing the lives of those enslaved during this time.


Sunday August 14, 2022 12:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Bacon's Castle 465 Bacon’s Castle Trail, Surry, VA 23883

12:30pm EDT

Goats and Grapes
Limited Capacity seats available

This field trip is just as it sounds! Enjoy a wine tasting just for VAEE participants alongside goat
shenanigans! Registration fee includes a wine glass!


Sunday August 14, 2022 12:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Hampton Roads Winery 6074 New Design Rd, Elberon, VA 23846
 
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