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Environmental Education Survey - Integrating EE into the B.C. Classroom

Environmental Education Survey - Integrating EE into the B.C. Classroom

Dear CBEEN Members,

A colleague, Connie Cirkony, is researching how B.C. K-12 teachers integrate environmental education into their practice by conducting surveys through related organizations throughout BC.

I encourage you to participate in this survey by clicking on the following LINK. It should take 10-15 minutes.

Your survey answers will be helpful in understanding how BC educators integrate environmental education into their practice, as well as identifying effective strategies and significant barriers. I have also reviewed her survey and have added feedback so it also reflects the needs of environmental educators in the Columbia Basin.

The survey closes on December 16th, 2011.

Please contact me directly if you have any questions.

Take the survey now!

Eli Baker
Executive Director
Columbia Basin Environmental Educators Network

EECOM’s Canadian Awards of Excellence in Environmental Education

EECOM’s Canadian Awards of Excellence in Environmental Education

Recognizing contributions of outstanding individuals and organizations engaged in environmental learning across the country!

Call for award nominations ...Give your friends and colleagues the best gift – nominate them for an EECOM award!

DEADLINE: February 1st, 2012

For more information on award criteria or for how to nominate someone, go to the EECOM website.

Call for award reviewers ...

EECOM is looking for anyone interested in reviewing award nominations. For more information or to express your interest, please contact Leigh Bird, Award Committee Chair: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Waterlution’s Art of Hosting Water Dialogues

Waterlution’s Art of Hosting Water Dialogues

Waterlution is thrilled to announce a unique opportunity for leadership development in 2012, with a water-tailored facilitation training series: the Art of Hosting Water Dialogues. Waterlution is partnering with the Art of Hosting to offer those connected through the Waterlution network a great opportunity to become true hosts of space around water discussions.

Goal: to develop strong water leaders with the capacity to host conversations that matter for the health of our most precious resource.

The Art of Hosting Water Dialogues Workshops:
British Columbia (Bowen Island): Friday April 13 - Sunday April 15, 2012
Alberta (Canmore): Monday April 16 - Wednesday April 18, 2012
Ontario (Stouffville): Friday April 20 - Sunday April 22, 2012

Application deadline: January 23, 2012 at

These two-and-a half-day events will be hosted by Tatiana Glad (co-founder of Waterlution, principal of Engage! InterAct and founder of The Hub Amsterdam) and Chris Corrigan (co-founder of Harvest Moon Consultants and one of Canada’s most reputed facilitators). Karen Kun will also join participants at the Ontario workshop. Drawing on The Art of Hosting - a global community of practitioners and a practice in understanding the patterns of community-building beneath methodologies - we will discover and learn the art of the ‘host’ and how to host the conversations that matter for the health of our water.

A valuable professional development experience that you do not want to miss!

Applications are now open!

Cost of workshop: $300 (includes tax)*
*Cost includes training, workbook, accommodation and food.

Interpretation Canada’s third National Online Conference!

Interpretation Canada’s third National Online Conference!

Theme: Making an Impact

Tuesday to Thursday Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2011

Member rate: $110

NEW Member Group Rate: $180

To register and for more info:

Early bird rates in effect until November 18, ten days before the conference.

Connecting you with experts from across North America, this conference will help you deepen and enrich the impact of your programs on participants, from one-time visitors to members and residents. For example, keynote speaker Dr. David Anderson will discuss his fascinating research into visitors’ long term memories and how to influence them. Previous years’ online conferences have seen over two hundred interpreters from seven different countries come together to share ideas, become recharged, and develop further as professionals.

You can attend the six live interactive sessions and AGM, or watch the recordings at a later date.

New group rates allow multiple people at a site to gather around a single computer or projection screen.

We understand how rare and costly professional development opportunities are for interpreters. Why not let our conference inspire you with cutting
edge topics - delivered right to your computer? No matter how remote your museum, park, or site, you will be connected to a thriving community of
practice with no travel. WHAT A COST SAVER! Access to emerging research and techniques can contribute so much to your organization’s interpretation and
education programs.

So grab a coffee, pull up a chair, and join us for this exciting event!

A little more about us: IC is a not-for-profit association of contributing members with one staff person (me). Canadian interpreters first gathered in
1973 to establish the organization that would become IC. We keep membership costs low so all interpreters can belong if they choose to join. This
online training event is only one of our wonderful member programs. Check out the growing list of resources, entry forms and more at our website as
we continue to boost our accessibility and innovative professional development offerings.

KAST’s Environmental Networking Seminar Luncheon season with research so cool it’ll drive you batty!

KAST’s Environmental Networking Seminar Luncheon season with research so cool it’ll drive you batty!

2011-2012 Environmental Networking Seminar Luncheon season unveiled
Time:  November 24, 2011 - 11:30 - 13:30

KAST and Selkirk College are excited to kick off a stellar lineup for the 2011/2012 Environmental Networking Seminar Luncheon (ENSL) season, with a fascinating presentation on bat research by Dr. Cori Lausen of Birchdale Ecological at the Trail campus of Selkirk College.

Designed to bring together students and the environmental science and business communities in the West Kootenay, the ENSL series features presentations by local scientists working in the environmental sector, lunch and networking.

On November 24th, Dr. Cori Lausen will be providing a glimpse into her unique world – 18 years of bat research in the Fort Shepherd Conservancy area and beyond. A Kaslo resident, Lausen holds a Masters and a PhD in bat ecology from the University of Calgary, and is currently launching her next research project: four years of winter bat behaviour monitoring in BC, with a focus on the Kootenay region. She will provide a broad overview of bats of BC, discuss her ongoing research, the importance of bats to our ecosystem and the threats they face.

As the longest-lived and slowest-reproducing mammals for their size, bats are sensitive to population depletion. As the primary consumer of night-time insects, including agricultural and forestry pests, they are also an integral component of our ecosystem.  Bats now face conservation risks on a continental scale, with a new disease in hibernating bats depleting populations in the eastern U.S. and Canada at an alarming rate. British Columbia, blessed with the greatest species diversity of bats anywhere in Canada, has the most to lose.  In addition to disease, bats are being killed by wind turbines; wind energy development in the province is expected to boom.

Upcoming 2011/2012 ENSL presentations:

Thursday, February 9th, 2012 in Castlegar: Amber Ashenhurst onWaneta Expansion Project Environmental Management.

Thursday, April 26 ,2012 in Nelson: SNC Lavalin Environment presents the Cork Mine remediation project.

Price: $10.00

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