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Flora and Fauna of Virginia Environmental Education Conference

Do you know how to make household cleaners? How about solar energy? As an educator, how do you get families involved in learning about the environment? And, as a student, how do you find out about opportunities in the fields related to environmental education? These questions and more will be addressed in an upcoming conference arranged by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The 2013 Environmental Education Conference will take place from 9:00 a.m. on October 16 to 1:00 p.m. on October 18 at Shrine Mont in Orkney Springs, Virginia. This three-day conference will offer a series of seminars and field trips related to current environmental issues with the theme of “Flora and Fauna of Virginia.”

Participants may select from a list of programs to attend. Session topics range from “fracking” to hummingbirds, and science careers to energy. Participants may also choose from several field trip options, such as the Great North Mountain Hike and Exploring the World of Caves and Karst. Note: transportation to the field trips on Friday will not be provided.

There is still time to register - late registration has been extended until October 9th. Bear in mind that sessions and field trips will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, contact Sheila Barnett at Sheila.barnett@dcr.virginia.gov or (804) 786.1815.

Article by Lauren N. Colie, Print/Online Journalism and English major at Virginia Commonwealth University. Lauren is Managing Editor of Auctus, VCU’s Undergraduate Research Journal, as well as a Lead Teaching Assistant for a research-writing course. She recently joined the Science Matters team as a special student correspondent.

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