New Hampshire Environmental Educators

Annual Conference: Rekindling Your Nature Connection

May 6, 2022, 9:00am-4:00pm

Beaver Brook Association in Hollis, NH


Plan to join us IN PERSON for NHEE's Annual Conference featuring:

Educator of the Year Award

Inspiring Workshops

and MORE



Conference Schedule:

9:00-9:30 Registration, coffee, networking
9:30-9:45 Welcome
9:45-11:00 Keynote Panel Discussion
11:15-12:30 Morning Workshop
12:30-1:30 Lunch Discussion Groups
1:30-2:00 Annual Meeting and Awards
2:15-3:30 Afternoon Workshop
3:45-4:00 Closing

Keynote Panel Discussion:

Members of the Wabanaki Youth in Science (WaYS) Program will share how they integrate technology science and traditional culture. The Wabanaki Youth in Science (WaYS) program has been a model educational program for Native youth since 2013. The purpose of WaYS is to provide Native youth the opportunity to see Cultural Knowledge and western science shared in the same space to understand the benefits and values these two aspects of knowledge provide. This is done through a multi-pronged program of earth camps, minicamps, after school programs and long-term internships.

The May 6th discussion by the WaYS team of John Neptune, Cultural Resource Coordinator, Shantel Neptune, WaYS Science Educator, and tish carr, WaYS program manager, an opportunity to share the program’s pedagogy, how we are also working inclusively with formal and informal educators to help open a dialogue for other views and ways of learning to “enhance understanding of learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the strengths of Western knowledge and ways of knowing ... and learning to use both these eyes together, for the benefit of all, often referred to as “two-eyed seeing.” (Marshall, 2012).

Click here to learn more about the panelists.

On conference day you will choose your learning adventure to workshops and lunch discussion groups.

Morning Workshop Descriptions:

  • Composting: Nature's Way to Recycle by Celeste Barr, Beaver Brook Association - Composting (or Rotting) is one of the 5Rs of Sustainability. It is important to teach concepts of sustainable living. Learn the ABCs of composting including what you can and cannot compost, styles of composters, and engaging activities.
  • The Butterfly Effect: Empowering Young Children to Change the World by Rina Zampieron, Mass Audubon - Climate change is such a daunting topic.  How can we discuss it with young children, while empowering them to take action?  In this workshop we'll share examples from Mass Audubon Preschools and create age-appropriate climate action activities.
  • Incorporating HS Science Competencies into Year Long Place & Project-Based Learning Experiences by Mike Dufilho, Tin Mountain Conservation Group - Join Tin Mountain and Kennett HS to learn about our experience facilitating place & project -based cross curricular learning at the high school level.
  • Connecting to Nature Through Birding by Slater Roosa, NH Audubon - Join NH Audubon’s Education Coordinator, Slater, to discover how birds help forge connections with the natural world around us. Enjoy a birding hike to discuss how birds can inspire curiosity for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

Afternoon Workshop Descriptions:

  • Nuts About Squirrels by Karen Rent and Jenna Spear, Harris Center for Conservation Education - The pandemic made us nuts...nuts about squirrels. In this workshop, we will share our curriculum focused on a common local animal, the squirrel. We will head outside to set up an investigation, play games, and share a variety of resources.

  • Hidden Stories: What can we figure out using trail cameras? by Aubrey Nelson, NH Energy Education Project and Audrey Eisenhauer, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center - This hands-on workshop will explore the Hidden Story-line: a menu of resources & activities for any educators interested in using trail cameras with their students to pose questions and gather/analyze data about wildlife or their natural communities.

  • Teaching Home by Ashleigh Roberts, Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center - People, structures, and nature are all a part of what makes a place home. In this workshop, we'll explore strategies for using what is happening outdoors in our home communities to connect nature, curiosity, and academic standards for our students.

  • Tweets, Streams, and Clouds Using Mindfulness to Connect with Nature by Virginia Commisso, Beaver Brook Association - This workshop will introduce the use of mindfulness practices to help build a healthy connection to and appreciation of the natural world around us.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. All registrations are final, and we will not issue refunds unless NHEE cancels the event.

We are grateful to our partners and sponsors listed below who helped make this conference possible!

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