CONTACT:
Marilyn Wyzga, NHFG: 603-271-1197
Beth Lesure, NHEE: bethany_lesure@hotmail.com
September 22, 2008

New England Environmental Education Alliance Hosts 42nd Annual Conference October 3-5, 2008, in Hancock, N.H.

Conference brings together New England educators for professional development and networking; keynote addresses by Rebecca Rule and Gibran Rivera.

CONCORD, N.H. -- The New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA) will host "A Journey Home: Fostering Ecologically Centered Communities" on October 3-5, 2008, at the BU Sargent Center in Hancock, N.H. Over 150 educators from across New England are expected to attend.

"With the increased interest in reconnecting children and nature, and communities moving towards locally produced food, this is a particularly timely theme," said Marilyn Wyzga, a Wildlife Educator with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department who also serves as the Vice President of the NEEEA Board, and co-chair of the NEEEA Conference.  "New Hampshire educators will especially benefit from sessions on inquiry-based science education and integrating nature themes with other subjects."

Educators of k-12 children who wish to take part in the conference should visit www.neeea.org/conference to find registration information and more conference details.

Friday night will feature "Stories: The Heart of Community", a keynote address by New Hampshire native Rebecca Rule. Best known for her live presentations of humorous New Hampshire stories, many sponsored by the NH Humanities Council, she has entertained audiences from Stratford to Keene, prompting New Hampshire Magazine to name her "Thalia: the Muse of Comedy" in its list of notable New Hampshire muses.

Gibran Rivera of the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) will headline Saturday's activities with "Journeying Together: Community Building Towards Inclusive Environmental Education." This inspiring session will explore incorporating social and economic justice into environmental education and bridging the gap between environmentalism in mainstream culture and the challenges to engaging underserved communities. The mission of IISC is to ignite and sustain social transformation, catalyze collaborative action, and build collaborative skills that can bring alive a vision of a just and sustainable world.

The conference will also host over 40 engaging workshop sessions in which participants can delve into related subjects such as population growth, the No Child Left Inside act, ecological design in the built environment, team-building and energy education. New-for-this-year field experiences will include a tour of the green technology building at the Harris Center for Conservation Education, a walking tour of the Well School community village, schoolyard habitat studies at Peterborough Elementary School, a visit to the Nubanusit Neighborhood co-housing project and more. Evening activities feature a sky watch with NH Astronomical Society and dancing with Daddio's Swing Orchestra.

The mission of the New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA) is to promote quality environmental education across New England in partnership with the state environmental education organizations. NEEEA members include all state organizations in the six New England states. NEEEA is affiliated with the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). Visit www.neeea.org for details.

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