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Ed- Conference Information and Resources

Upcoming Conference Presentations

Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Institute

Roanoke, VA. November 16-18, 2023

Knock Down the Silos: Outdoor Science Learning & Literature

Environmental Awareness: Supporting a Path Towards Action


Recent Conference Presentations


Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education

Ocean City, MD. February 3-5, 2023

Pollination Empowerment: Student-Led Garden Design

Pollination Empowerment Presentation

Pollinator Plant Info Data Sheet

Riparian Buffer Plant Info Data Sheet

Pollinator Empowerment Resources


Fall 2022 Virginia Science Education Leadership Association (VSELA) Meeting

Short Pump, VA. November 3rd, 2022

Presentation: Chesapeake Bay Program: What It Is & Virginia Participation


NAAEE 2022: Educating for Change

Tuscon, AZ.October 12-15, 2022

Presentation: Collaborating to Achieve Systemic, Sustainable Watershed Education and Civic Action (slides 9-11 presented by Candace Lutzow Felling)

Resource: An Educator's Guide to the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience


VAEE Annual Conference

at Airfield Conference Center and 4-H Educational Center on August 12-14, 2022

Questing for Knowledge: A Deep Dive into Exploring the Unknown. Session D, August 13 


National Children and Youth Garden Symposium 

at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond VA. July 13-15, 2022 

From Fear to Fascination: Using Curiosity to Overcome Apprehension. Session Block E, July 14

Fear to Fascination Slides

Pollination Empowerment: Student-Led Garden Design. Session Block G, July 15

Pollination Empowerment Presentation

Pollinator Plant Info Data Sheet

Riparian Buffer Plant Info Data Sheet

Pollinator Empowerment Resources


Activities Shared at Presentations

How the Forest Grows

Measure a sapling, learn about the tree species, and make mathematical projections about its growth rate, time to adult size, and mature mass

Schoolyard Surfaces

Create an aerial map using a satellite photo, then use the map to calculate the ratios of permeable and impermeable surfaces. Connects to watershed studies, human impact, and practice with math skills such as estimation, fractions, ratios, decimals. 

Designing Solutions: Using Roof Models to Explore Run-Off

Using everyday materials, model how roof pitch affects the speed and volume of runoff. Engineer mitigation to slow and collect rain water that can run off a roof and cause erosion. 

Exploring Virginia's Snakes Using Non-Fiction & Mathematics

Using the non-fiction Guide to Virginia Snakes, learn about a Virginia snake, measure a length of paper to the snake's adult length, demonstrate understanding by drawing the snake, and use the paper models to create and analyze a bar graph of snake lengths. 


Presentations from recent years:

2021 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Regional Conference. November 11-13, National Harbor

2020 Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) November 11-13, Virtual

Collaboration for Impact: Modeling an Integrated Partnership (Slides) (Recording of Presentation)

All presentations in this conference are available to VAST members 

2020 Virginia Association of Environmental Educators (VAEE) Annual Conference. February 26-28, Sweet Briar College

2019 National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA) STEM Forum
July 2019 San Francisco, CA

2019 Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) Annual PDI November 14-16, Roanoke, VA

2019 Virginia Association of Environmental Educators (VAEE) Conference February 7-9 Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond Va