Five Center for the Environment students attended the 2012 New Hampshire Environmental Educators Annual Conference on March 14, 2012 at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH. The students, all participants in Principles of Interpretation graduate course taught by Doug Earick, took part in hands-on workshops and presentations that highlighted many of the environmental education projects going on in the state. This year’s conference, “Meeting Standards with Citizen Science”, had a specific focus on encouraging groups to engage in science outreach work with various non-science groups via citizen science programs.
New Hampshire Environmental Educators (NHEE) is the state’s professional Environmental Education organization. Their mission is to advocate for high quality environmental education in New Hampshire, and to provide environmental educators with a forum for networking and professional development. The annual conference is held at various environmental education facilities throughout the state each spring. The conference this year drew approximately 75 participants from both formal and nonformal education sites in the state.
Participation in this year’s conference was intended to acquaint the students with the work being done by various environmental education groups in the state and to provide an opportunity to network with the educators who are committed to excellence in environmental education programs across the state. As one student said, “It was great to be amongst professionals in the environmental education field, at a real-world interpretation site, and to see the concepts we discuss in the classroom in action.”