By Amanda Stasiewicz, IdEEA Board Member
The Idaho Environmental Education Association (IdEEA) is honored to be the Dime in Time recipient for March 2018! IdEEA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of environmental education in Idaho. We support and promote the activities of all educators working to clarify our understanding of the natural world and our role in it. We seek to: (1) connect educators with a variety of resources, tools, and expertise in environmental education; (2) engage stakeholders and elected leaders to build support for environmental literacy; (3) serve as Idaho’s partner with the North American Association for Environmental Education; and (4) deliver essential services to all environmental educators and supporters.
One of the major ways the IdEEA works to connect, engage, serve, and deliver is by hosting an annual environmental education conference, which will be held in North Idaho for the first time in six years! The conference will be hosted at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston from March 2-3, 2018. Our theme for the 2018 Idaho Environmental Education (EE) Conference is: “Re-discover your WOW through the confluence of people and place.” By moving the conference to a North Idaho location (the conference is more typically held in Boise), IdEEA seeks to support our environmental educators in this region and provide a forum where the community can be nurtured and inspired from intra- and inter-organizational synergies.
The Idaho EE Conference attracts over 100 formal and non-formal educators from around the state and is Idaho’s premier gathering for those passionate about place-based learning. The conference highlights effective, affordable Idaho programs, especially those that are hands-on, interdisciplinary and encourage students to get outside and learn about their local community and environment. In addition, our keynote speaker this year is Renée Hill, the 4th grade Palouse Prairie Charter School teacher. Renée will be speaking about the expedition learning styles used by the school and her 4th graders journey to build a canoe by hand, which symbolizes the confluence of cultures throughout Idaho’s history. The 2018 EE Conference will feature many ways we can reconnect to our local environments, revive our passions for environmental education, and find more avenues through the confluence of people and place to increase the environmental literacy of Idaho’s teachers and students. Visit us at https://idahoee.org/ for more information!
Dime in Time funds are helping IdEEA provide travel scholarships for environmental educators across Idaho and will assist with other conference costs.