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2020 MAEOE Conference

Call for Proposals! Deadline Extended!! Due September 6, 5:00pm

February 6-9, 2020, the Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education will bring together educators, resource personnel, scientists and researchers to share their experiences and ideas at the Princess Royale in Ocean City, MD. Now is your chance to be part of the annual conference! Do you have great ideas, lesson plans, or favorite STEAM and/or NGSS activities you want to share? Have you dialed in on becoming more mindful and in tune with nature making you a better educator? Do you have knowledge to share on Environmental Education topics?

Please remember all Saturday presenters are required to register for the conference. If you are selected as a presenter, you will be notified in time to register at the lowest possible rates.

Conference Strands

Do you want to submit an RFP for the 2020 MAEOE conference Exploring Connections: Linking Nature, People, and Mindfulness. While the committee has worked hard to streamline the process, there are still some things you should know prior to completing your RFP. As such, please read below for more information.

The conference will be February 6-9, 2020 at the Princess Royale in Ocean City, MD.

1. The application will be submitted via a Google Form, the link to the form is here: Please be sure to read through the entire form before you begin to complete it.

2. Choose a strand for your presentation. We encourage you to emphasize how you incorporate technology, NGSS, STEAM, and EE standards into your curriculum. The 2020 strands will be:

Strand 1: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind More Effective Educators

These sessions could include areas that are not always considered traditional environmental education. Do you have unique ways to engage participants using the outdoor classroom? Topics could encompass therapeutic uses of the outdoors, developing a sense of place in individuals, education through play, exploration techniques, food related topics, etc.

Strand 2: In-depth Science & Natural History

This strand would focus on more in-depth environmental topics, species or principals, conservation, preservation, human history, life cycles, human history and general ecology. Of particular interest to participants are sessions presented by scientists, researchers or experts in their field. Sessions might include a focus on a particular species, environmental issues in the state, the impact of regulations on the environment or a species, or trends impacting populations. These sessions should emphasize and focus on increasing participant’s knowledge of the natural world and how it functions. Many conference attendees are looking for advanced topics to build their skills in working with a variety of age groups in an outdoor setting. Traditionally, this is one of the most popular strands with conference attendees.

Strand 3: Actions to Become “Greener” Schools and Communities

These sessions would highlight “green” actions that individuals, agencies, centers or schools could take to instill a green focus and move towards more environmentally friendly practices. Energy conservation, water conservation, composting, school gardens, and ways to lessen your environmental footprint would be appropriate. Of particular interest are ways to engage the community, administration, building service, school facilities and staff in the journey to become greener.

Strand 4: Examples from the Field

Share your experiences, programs, tips and tricks for environmental and outdoor education. Activities in and out of the classroom, connections with curriculum, hands-on lessons and experiences, including NGSS and MWEEs, help build our teaching capacity.

Strand 5: Best Practices in Program Management

Partnerships are crucial for building capacity and providing environmental education programming, these sessions would share experiences with funding, working with profits and nonprofits, staffing tips, formal and non-formal environmental educators, capacity building and outreach, and know-how in developing partnerships and finding partners. Grant writing may also be of interest to participants. How have you made social media work for you?

Strand 6: Hot Topics

Sessions should focus on current trends and issues in environmental or outdoor education. Topics could include diversity, alternative energy, climate change, environmental health, or education methods to engage an audience in a discussion of topics of contention. Focus on trending topics in the field of environmental education, agricultural and farm education, models and methods, STEAM, environmental justice, and increasing community/civic engagement would be appropriate.

3. What kind of session do you intend to present?

a) Thursday PDI – half day (afternoon) or full day – Traditionally in-depth learning experiences to give educators the background knowledge and confidence to teach about new subjects in their classrooms or centers. A PDI could potentially be held off site, please make clear in the RFP why your workshop could NOT take place at the Princess Royale

b) Friday Pre-Conference Workshop – Half Day (3 hrs AM or PM) or Full Day – These pre-conference sessions are designed to deliver activities and lessons that would not be accommodated into the 60 or 130 minute slots on Friday.

c) Saturday Session – 60 or 130 minute workshop. These sessions cover a wide range of topics and give teachers and educators exposure to lessons, tips, and best practices.

d) Field Trip/Experience - Traditionally field trips were offered on Sunday morning to give conference attendees something fun to do on their trip home. In recent years some of these activities have really become more of a learning experience than just a “tourist” experience. If you are interested in providing a field experience that falls heavy on the education, please consider offering it on Thursday or Friday afternoon for people to do on their way to Ocean City.

4. All presenters MUST PROVIDE their own laptop and speakers if needed. MAEOE will continue to provide screens and projectors in each room. If you are using an Apple product, please be sure to bring your own adaptor to connect it to the projector.

5. All RFPs must be submitted by 5pm on September 6, 2019.

6. All Saturday presenters are expected to register for the conference. You will be notified of your presentation status with plenty of time to register at the lowest possible conference rates. A maximum of 2 Thursday and Friday presenters for each session will have the Thursday and/or Friday registration fees waived. Any additional presenters for Thursday or Friday must purchase a guest lunch. If you are presenting on Thursday or Friday, but would like to attend sessions Thursday, Friday or Saturday you MUST register appropriately.

Should you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to contact:

Nominations for exceptional environmental educators to win the 2020 Finton Award can be made at the MAEOE table in the Exhibit Hall Feb 7 - 9 at the Sheraton North Baltimore, Towson.

For more information: Finton Award

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