Environmental Education Forum: Saturday, November 12, 2016
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Environmental Education Forum

Join us the morning of Saturday, November 12 for a morning of environmental and garden education! The forum will feature expert presentations, hands-on activities, and teacher testimonials. Let's learn together!

Join us the morning of Saturday, November 12 for concurrent sessions on youth gardening and environmental studies.  Both tracks include expert presentations, hands-on activities, and teacher testimonials (scroll down for more information about our speakers).  Light refreshments will be provided at registration, and a delicious lunch will be catered by Austin East High School’s Culinary Arts Program.

Where: Welcome Center at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum

When:   9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 12, 2016

Cost:      $35, All Proceeds Benefit Education at KBGA

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Meet Our Speakers!

Thank you to our many speakers for taking the time to share your expertise and experiences at the Environmental Education Forum!  In addition to the speakers below, we will also have opening remarks from Jim Richards, the Executive Director of the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum.  Stephanie Welch from the Great Schools Partnership will deliver a keynote speech, "Using Outdoor Activities and Community Partnerships to Supplement Classroom Education.  Dr. J. Mark Fly and Susan Schexnayder from the Human Dimensions Lab will end the sessions with closing remarks and their presentation, "Children in Nature: The Emergence of a Threatened and Endangered Species".

Youth Gardening

Expert Presentation: Bringing Ag in the Classroom to Your School
Principal Tanna Nicely is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Johnson University, and East Tennessee State University. She teaches science methods at South College. She is an elementary principal for one of the largest growing urban community schools in the Knoxville area and has been in education for 24+ years. Among Tanna's many professional associations, she also works as an educational consultant for Tennessee Agriculture in the Classroom.
Hands-On Activity: Growing Your Garden Through Plant Propagation
A lifelong gardener from Knoxville, David Pease graduated from UT with a BFA in Studio Art and a minor in Art History. In 2011, David returned to study public horticulture at the University of Tennessee Department of Plant Sciences and joined the "Every Child Outdoors" program in 2013. Currently, David is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Horticulture and certification as a Horticultural Therapist while working as a graduate assistant at the UT Gardens.
Teacher Testimonial: Sustainable Gardening with Kid Inspired Project Based Learning
Prior to becoming a Literacy Coach at Sequoyah Elementary School, Audra Warner taught 17 years at Bonny Kate Elementary School.  She began gardening with her students in first grade as an initiative to help them learn about different vegetables.  After moving to fourth grade, she began working with Every Child Outdoors in the garden.  Through working with the students in the garden, Audra says, “I learned as much as my students as they researched plants, Victory Gardens, and the creation of a worm bin.”
Teacher Testimonial: Using Art in STEAM to Bring Gardening and Project Based Learning to KJDS
Annie Clark serves as an Art teacher and co-teacher with the STEAM program at Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School KJDS. She also teaches various art classes at the Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning Summer Camp and Camp Webb during the summer months, as well as working as a freelance artist and booking / band manager for Mic Harrison and The High Score. Annie grew up on a farm and has been gardening her entire life.

Environmental Sciences

Expert Presentation: Pollinate Your STEM - Use butterflies and other insects to help your students blossom
Steve has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology as a Naturalist. He has worked in environmental education since 1987 and has been at Zoo Knoxville since 1995. He is also Director of the Tennessee Butterfly Monitoring Network.
Hands-On Activity: Engaging Students on Stormwater and Water Quality
Join the Knox County Water Quality Team's CAC AmeriCorps Kaitlyn, Emily and Patrick to learn about the Upper Tennessee River Adopt-A-Watershed (AAW) program.  AAW challenges students to investigate and improve the health of their schools watershed. AAW is based on the nationally implemented Adopt-A-Watershed Program that is designed to transform a schools watershed into a “living laboratory”.
Teacher Testimonial: Studying Life Cycles in the Classroom: From Egg to Butterfly
Chris Bishop has taught first grade at the Episcopal School of Knoxville for 19 years. He has been working with Monarchs in the Classroom for the past 15 years and helps to maintain a Monarch Waystation garden at the school. He is passionate about learning through nature and all that it has to offer.
Teacher Testimonial: Celebrating 5 Years of Environmental Club - What Works at Our School
Karen Wilkinson teaches special education, algebra, and geometry at Fulton High School. Since joining Fulton’s faculty five years ago, she has engaged students as the Environmental Science Club leader. She loves gardening, and is also into birding, pottery, photography, biking, and trail running.
Don't forget lunch!  A delicious meal will be prepared and served by Austin East High School's culinary arts students.  Please remember to register in advance!

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