NEW LOOK
                                             Hello and Happy Winter to my fellow COEEA members. As I sit staring out
                                             my window dreaming of snow to change the way that everything looks I
  O UTDOORS                                  thought that I should let all of you know that OUTDOORS is getting a fresh

                 2007 WINTER NEWSLETTER
                                             new look for the new year.

                                             I joined the COEEA board in September as the communication chair and
                                             since have heard that many of our members would like to have
                                             OUTDOORS published quarterly. It is with great pleasure that I announce
                                             you will receive 4 publications of OUTDOORS a year. The publication
                                             dates are December 15, March 15, June 15, and September 15. The deadline
                                             for article submission is December 1, March 1, June 1 and September 1

                                             However, that is not the only change. In the past, each publication had a
                                             general theme such as Formal Education or Conference. That is no longer
                                             the case. Instead each newsletter publication will look similar. Instead of a
                                             specific theme each publication will have regular columns. These columns
                                             are President’s Welcome, Formal Education, Nature Notes, Member News,
                                             Environmental Issues, Conference News, Workshops, County News and The
                                             Power of Youth. Even with the changes to the newsletter occurring two
                                             weeks before the deadline despite the Thanksgiving holiday, I am happy to
                                             announce there are articles for each section! Thank you to all that

                                             Hopefully you will enjoy the changes to OUTDOORS. I look forward to
                                             receiving submissions from any or all of you. You may write on any topic
                                             that you desire and I will find a home for it in OUTDOORS. Please submit
                                             articles to by March 1 for the next newsletter.

                                             Have a great winter!

                                             -Becky Newman

                                          COEEA CALENDAR
                                          December 15: Conference Workshop Deadline

                                          January: Call for Award nominations distributed

                                          February 6: Board meeting – Middlefield; 7-9

                                          February 15: Award Nomination Deadline

                                          March 1: Newsletter Deadline

                                          March 15: Newsletter Published

                                          April 4: Annual Conference, Quinnipiac University

COEEA Outdoors                                                  1                          Winter 2007
                                                          Connecticut Outdoor & Environmental
                                                              Education Association, Inc.
                               PRESIDENTS DESK
       Calendar                Winter greetings and happy holidays everyone. I hope you are all enjoying the
        Page 1                 beautiful outdoors this winter. I am keeping my fingers crossed for the
   President’s Desk            possibility that we’ll get a good deluge of snow this season. Of course, many of
        Page 2                 the plants and small animals rely on snow as a blanket to insulate them from the
   Formal Education            ice cold winds and low winter temperatures. I enjoy snowshoeing and skiing
       Pages 3-5               and of course, there’s making snow cones and snow angels with the nieces.
                               There’s not much I can do but hope for lots of snow this year and enjoy it if it
     Nature Notes
       Pages 5-6
    Member News                But there is something I can do about giving formal school teachers time to use
        Page 6                 their school grounds and environment to teach reading, math, and science. How
 Environmental Issues          can I help give teachers time to teach environmental education in the
        Page 7                 classroom? By letting my political representatives know that I support the
   Conference News             federal No Child Left Inside Act. This important bill would permit teachers to
       Pages 7-8               use the environment as a tool for learning. There are two bills pending that
      Workshops                could become part of NCLB, if it becomes reauthorized. One bill is in the
        Page 9                 House and the other is in the Senate. Primarily, these bills would secure funds
     County News               for states to develop environmental literacy plans, provide monies for teachers
      Pages 10-11              to engage in EE professional development programs, and establish a grant
    Power of Youth             program to build the capacity of the environmental education field. Please see
                               the action alert on pages 3 and 4 for more details. The timeline looks as if
                               Congress will be marking up the bill by the end of the year, or possibly first
Award Nomination Form
                               thing in 2008. This means it is important for you to let your representatives
        Page 12
                               know you support the No Child Left Inside Act and you expect that Connecticut
  Board of Directors           shall be represented by having a co-sponsor of the bills. Currently, we do not
        Page 13                have anyone in Congress from Connecticut co-sponsoring this legislation and
                               time is running out for them to sign on as supporters. I’d love to hear from you
                               if you make a call or send an email to your representative. Let me know how it
          Mission              goes!
  To support Connecticut’s
 outdoor and environmental     Speaking of time, the Board was recently notified that the North American
  educators as they promote    Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) selected the city of Buffalo
 responsible environmental     to host their 2010 conference. We worked very hard to show NAAEE what a
        stewardship.           benefit it would be to have this international EE conference in Connecticut, but
                               the higher hotel prices along with the fact that the last NAAEE conference was
                               in New England turned them to our New York neighbor.
   A newsletter published
 quartery by the Connecticut
                               This gives us the ability to focus on our 2008 COEEA Conference – Your
 Outdoor and Environmental
                               Environmental Workout – and also to begin plans to host the New England
 Education Association, Inc.
                               Environmental Education Alliance in 2009. I hope you’ll put in a proposal to
                               lead a workshop or an interact table. I look forward to seeing you Friday, April
                               4 at our annual conference.

                               Yours in environmental education,
                               Lori Brnat

COEEA Outdoors                                        2                                       Winter 2007
                              FORMAL EDUCATION

                    Environmental Education and the No Child Left Behind Act
Climate changes, depletion of natural resources, air and water problems and other environmental
challenges are pressing and complex issues that threaten human health, economic development, and
national security. Finding wide-spread agreement about what specific steps we need to take to solve
these problems is difficult. Environmental education will help ensure our nation’s children have the
knowledge and skills necessary to address these complex issues.
For more than three decades, environmental education has been a growing part of effective instruction in
America’s schools. Responding to the need to improve student achievement and prepare students for the
21st century economy, schools throughout the nation now offer some form of environmental education.
Thirty million students and 1.2 million teachers annually are involved in programs ranging from
environmental science courses to an interdisciplinary approach that uses the environment as an
integrating theme throughout the entire curriculum. Yet, environmental education is facing a national
crisis. Many schools are being forced to scale back or eliminate environmental programs. Fewer and
fewer students are able to take part in related classroom instruction and field investigations, however
effective or popular. State and local administrators and teachers point to two factors behind this recent
and disturbing shift: the unintended consequences of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), and a lack
of funding for these critical programs.
Conceptually, NCLB has taken a positive step forward by giving states and schools greater authority and
flexibility in exchange for more accountability regarding student performance. According to
environmental education organizations, one unintentional consequence of the law’s testing requirements
has been that many schools have abandoned environmental education programs to invest more time and
resources in math and reading instruction. In the classroom, NCLB causes science teachers to bypass
environmental science when it does not appear to relate directly to state tests. Beyond the classroom,
teachers have to forego valuable, hands-on field investigations rather than take time away from test-
related instruction.
The American public recognizes that the environment is already one of the dominant issues of the 21st
century. A National Science Foundation panel echoed that conviction, noting in 2003 that ―in the
coming decades, the public will more frequently be called upon to understand complex environmental
issues, assess risk, evaluate proposed environmental plans and understand how individual decisions
affect the environment at local and global scales. Creating a scientifically informed citizenry requires a
concerted, systemic approach to environmental education…‖ In the private sector, business leaders also
increasingly believe that an environmentally literate workforce is critical to their long-term success.
They recognize that better, more efficient environmental practices improve the bottom line and help
position their companies for the future.
The reauthorization of NCLB this year provides Congress with the opportunity to make changes that
will strengthen the Act and better prepare students for real-world challenges and careers. NCLB must
provide schools and school systems with the incentives, flexibility, and authority to develop and deliver
environmental education programs.

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                                     Summary of the No Child Left Inside Act
                                            H.R. 3036 and S.1981

     1. State Environmental Literacy Plans – NCLB Title II
To qualify for environmental education grant monies under Title II and Title V, a state educational agency must
develop and submit a K-12 plan to the United States Department of Education for peer review and approval that
will ensure that elementary and secondary school students are environmentally literate. The plan will be submitted
by the state educational agency in consultation with state natural resource and environmental agencies and with
input from the public. A state educational agency may submit an existing state plan that has been developed by or
in cooperation with state environmental organizations provided that the plan meets specified requirements. State
plans must include: relevant content standards, content areas, and courses or subjects where instruction will take
place; a description of the relationship of the plan to state graduation requirements; a description of programs for
professional development of teachers to improve their environmental content knowledge, skill in teaching about
environmental issues, and field-based pedagogical skills; a description of how the state educational agency will
measure the environmental literacy of students; and a description of how the state educational agency will
implement the plan, including securing funding and other necessary support. A state educational agency may use
state funds for the development of the State Environmental Literacy Plan1.

    2. Grants for Enhancing Education through Environmental Education – NCLB Title II
Creates an environmental education grant program for teacher professional development and student programs
(modeled on the Math/Science Partnership in Title II of NCLB). The purpose of this grant program is to ensure
the academic achievement of students in environmental literacy through the professional development of teachers
and educators and outdoor learning experiences for students. One hundred million dollars are authorized to be
appropriated to carry out this grant program and the state environmental literacy plans2 for fiscal year 2008 and
each of the 4 succeeding fiscal years. The United States Department of Education awards grants to state
educational agencies, to whom eligible partnerships apply for these grants. Eligible partnerships include a local
educational agency and may include: a teacher training department of an institution of higher education; an
environmental department of an institution of higher education; another local education agency, a public charter
school, a public or private3 elementary school or secondary school, or a consortium of such schools; a state
environmental or natural resource management agency or a local environmental or natural resource management
agency4; a business5; or a nonprofit or for-profit organization of demonstrated effectiveness in improving the
quality of environmental education teachers, such as through outdoor environmental education experiences6.

    3. Environmental Education Grant Program to Help Build National Capacity – NCLB Title V
Creates an environmental education grant program to help build national capacity by providing funds for the
development, improvement, and advancement of environmental education. This grant program also supports the
dissemination of proven environmental educational models, studies of national significance, and the development
of new state or national financing sources for environmental education. Eligible recipients of these grants from the
United States Department of Education include nonprofit organizations, state educational agencies, local
educational agencies, or institutions of higher education that have demonstrated expertise and experience in the
development of the institutional, financial, intellectual, or policy resources needed to help the field of
environmental education become more effective and widely practiced.

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COEEA Outdoors                                           4                                           Winter 2007
                           Human Photosynthesis, is it possible?
According to Allen Brewster, a fourth grade student in Miss Green’s science class
human photosynthesis is possible. Allen wants to do his science project on human
photosynthesis but his teacher doesn’t think he is smart enough, and so she assigns him
to do a project on lipstick. Frustrated but undeterred, Allen is convinced he can make the
discovery. Through careful research, scientific theory and a ―think crazy‖ philosophy he
figures out the key of turning hemoglobin into chlorophyll. After Allen turns green,
sprouts roots and learns he can actually survive without food, he thinks he has the answer
to ending world starvation. He cleverly decides to inform the President of the United
States of this amazing discovery. However, the President deems Allen’s finding Top
Secret and he must promise to never tell anyone about his breakthrough.

I used this book as a read-a-loud with my fourth grade students to correlate with our study of plants. My
students were able to apply what they had learned about plants to make amazing connections and
predictions throughout the story. I highly recommend Top Secret by John Reynolds Gardiner to any
teacher who is looking for literature tie-ins for a plant unit. Although I read this book to my class, my
fourth grade team is considering using it as one of our core student titles next year. If you have any
questions, please feel free to e-mail me at

- Kim Benton, Fourth Grade Teacher

                                    NATURE NOTES
Review: Connecticut Wildlife
Many of us keep a short stack of books within reach of our desks, those old standbys that prove useful time
and again. Now add to that list Geoffrey A. Hammerson’s “Connecticut Wildlife: Biodiversity, Natural
History, and Conservation” published by the University Press of New England.
The volume’s breadth is astounding with 21 chapters on the landscape, coastal waters, streams, terrestrial
uplands, sponges through ectoprocts, birds, plants, segmented worms, fishes, etc. Though each chapter
could be the focus of an entire book, Mr. Hammerson’s concise yet thorough text provide effective
overviews of the Connecticut’s ecosystems and lesser known wildlife. For example, he devotes three whole
pages to the choruses and sounds of crickets and katydids alone and still makes a point to briefly discuss the
local conservation needs of damselflies and dragonflies.
As a research zoologist with NatureServe and professor at Wesleyan University, his writing is scientifically
detailed and yet easy to read, supplemented with numerous illustrations and photographs. It might be a
dense coffee table book, if it weren’t for the textbook-like detail of the table of contents and index.
Students and staff alike reach for this book when searching for information about specific species found in
Connecticut or refreshing their understanding of ecosystems found locally.
I struggle to suggest any improvements to Mr. Hammerson’s effort, in part because no other comprehensive
guide to Connecticut’s wildlife exists to my knowledge. Students, teachers, naturalists, and conservationists
will want to add it to their short stacks.
   -   Christopher Shepard

COEEA Outdoors                                        5                                          Winter 2007
Who’s Buggin’ You in Winter?

         For those of us who teach, this time of year is usually filled with lessons of how animals get
ready for winter. We talk about the dormant (but not hibernating!) bears, the active deer and rabbit and
birds that migrate to warmer areas to follow their food. One type of animal that never seems to make
our lessons, except for the migrating monarchs, are insects. The bug spray gets packed away and the
nights of summer insects sounds seem far away. What does happen to all of those insects? Where do
they go? The answer is—like many things in nature—is that it depends.
         Seemingly impossible, the monarch butterflies are migratory, their light wings carrying them on
a long, arduous journey to Mexico to an area they have never seen. Somehow, they locate the same
mountain habitat of their ancestors, one that has the specific requirements for their survival. When
spring begins to arrive in the North, tens of millions of monarchs begin the northward journey home.
         Not all insects have such dramatic winter stories. Many are still here, employing survival
strategies necessary for life as an exothermic animal. Some, like some termites and ants, will huddle in
large groups below the frost line and feast on stored food until spring arrives. Many, however, take the
cues of dropping temperatures and decreasing light to prepare for their winter sleep or diapause. Layers
of fat are added on and the amount of water in their bodies is reduced and replaced with glycerol, an
insect antifreeze of sorts.
         Often insects enter diapause in egg or larval form, including aphids, cicadas, katydids, and
praying mantis. Many species of wasp and bees survive through fertilized queens, ready for next year’s
brood. Other insects survive by creating a gall by injecting chemicals into a plant, causing a cancer-like
growth. This growth just happens to be a fine place for these insects to spend the winter, protected from
the elements. Galls can affect many different parts of plants and can often be easily spotted on winter
walks. (Goldenrod galls are especially neat; looking like a goldenrod stem swallowed a gumball!)
         On warmer days, some insects can be found taking advantage of the winter sun. Springtails, or
snow fleas, can often be seen bouncing around on sunny sides of trees, looking like little flecks of
pepper. Insects that spend a majority of the winter burrowed in dead logs and trees may crawl out for a
chance to bask. When the first hints of spring come, one may even catch the first flights of the
mourning cloak butterfly.
         Still, there is often no need to wait for spring for a little insect activity. Many aquatic insects,
such as stoneflies, mayflies and water striders, are active in the winter, doing their daily jobs under the
ice and snow. Some stoneflies and caddisflies actually complete their metamorphosis into adults in the
winter. Ladybird beetles (aka ―ladybugs‖) hibernate in masses, but can often be seen crawling around
warm indoor spaces in your house, waiting on the bounty of spring.

- Lisa Monachelli

                                  MEMBER NEWS
                               Help me extend a welcome to our new members!
                                    Hamden Land Conservation Trust
                                    Holly Harrick, CT Science Center
                                    Laurie Heiss, Reading Land Trust
                                   Mary Ann Kulla, Bethel Land Trust
                        Sharon Powers, Cheshire High School Environment Club
                                William Reynolds, Branford Land Trust
                           Lori Robertson, Student Conservation Association
                                Walter Sargent, Farmington Land Trust
                                Kristi Williams, Wheeler Middle School
                            Christine Witkowski, DEP’s Dinosaur State Park

COEEA Outdoors                                        6                                         Winter 2007
                            ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Pesticides Nearby
Many of us have been teaching about the sources, dangers, and alternatives to toxic chemicals in our
gardens, homes, and waters. Now we have another opportunity to teach about this important topic and
help our learners stay informed of pesticide use in their neighborhoods:
By joining the State Pesticide Registry, residents receive notification of any commercial application of
pesticides within 100 yards of their property so they may act to limit their exposure. Enrollment forms for
the 2008 registry are due December 31. Online go to and enter “pesticide registry” in the site
search, or call 860-424-3369 for details.

- Christopher Shepard

Hartford Goes on a Diet

Educators and residents in greater Hartford began a new diet this fall: a low carbon diet. The Alchemy Juice
Bar Café in Hartford began hosting a series of community conversations based on David Gershon’s “Low
Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds” published by the Empowerment Institute.

Mr. Gershon takes the “Ten Ways to Save the Earth” checklist to another level by providing a workbook
and facilitator guide for an on-going support group. Readers learn how to wash and dry clothes efficiently,
seal air leaks, install energy efficient lights, encourage others to do the same, etc. Regular meetings provide
opportunities to discuss the changes participants are implementing, share tips to address obstacles, and
celebrate successes together.

Imani, Alchemy’s co-owner, and other organizers hope the diet trend catches on in nature centers, PTOs,
libraries, and neighborhoods across the state. The book is available at many bookstores and online at Although the book is easy to use, the Alchemy’s participants are willing to help
those interested in hosting more local discussion and action groups. Contact Imani at or Christopher at 860-529-3075.

- Christopher Shepard

                                 CONFERENCE NEWS
Save the date for the COEEA Annual Conference, Your Environmental Workout, Friday April 4, 8:00 a.m. –
5:00 p.m. It will be at Quinnipiac University with registration at Alumni Hall. This year we have slimmed the
conference to allow for a sleeker look. The workshops are a new length, 1 hour, which some extended program
focus 2 hours. We are starting the day with Interact Tables featuring activities, new ideas and programs available
around the state. You can enjoy some “Make and Takes”, and learn about new offerings while enjoying morning
refreshments, registering and catching up with old friends. The fast-paced day ends with a cool down period to
enjoy the exhibits, silent auction and refresh with Wine and Beer Tasting.

Registration will be available on line at in mid January. So keep checking and get ready for
                                Your Environmental Workout
                                    Friday April 4, 2007
                                              COEEA Awards 2008

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Each year we are proud to recognize the talented, dedicated individuals who promote responsible environmental
stewardship in Connecticut through their teaching and leadership. The new Inclusive Educator of the Year
Award is part of our special initiative to help members engage learners who have been traditionally under-
represented in outdoor and environmental education activities.

Please help identify those who provide a model for you and others by exemplifying the best in the field or
outdoor and environmental education. Use the nomination form on page 12 to recognize your mentors,
colleagues, and leaders for a COEEA Award by Friday, February 15, 2008.

Also please consider volunteering as a judge or joining the awards committee. Judges will review nominations
and then meet to select the award recipients by February 29. The committee will coordinate nominations,
publicity, and the awards presentation. Please contact Christopher Shepard at or 860-
529-3075 if interested.

Environmental Educator of the Year is a public or private classroom teacher who:
     Promotes individual and societal environmental responsibility
       Encourages students to make informed decisions about environmental issues
     Inspires student involvement and action through individual or group projects to effect positive
       environmental change at school or within the local community
     Links student learning to the appropriate state or national science benchmarks, curriculum frameworks,
       or standards.

Outdoor Environmental Educator of the Year is an EE professional working outside the formal classroom who:
    Makes continuous and enduring contributions to EE
    Demonstrates capacity for creating and implementing successful EE activities
    Shows creative approaches to EE programming
    Demonstrates personal involvement in state and/or regional EE community
    Makes a permanent contribution to EE by integrating with formal education systems, promoting the EE
       profession, or providing training or resources to other EE professionals.

Environmental Administrator of the Year is a town official, executive director, board member, or other
administrator who:
        Communicates the importance of EE to the community at large
     Makes individual learning and action on the environment a priority
     Implements hiring, funding, evaluation, and other institutional practices to support excellent EE
     Promotes staff professional development and organizational partnerships that help share models of
     Expand the impact of EE outside the organization
     Encourages and inspires staff, volunteers, and others to fulfill their potential in contributing to successful
        EE activities.

Inclusive Environmental Educator of the Year is an EE professional who:
     Demonstrates commitment to learners of all ages, genders, cultures, abilities, etc.
     Makes including those traditionally under-represented in EE a priority
     Incorporates the exploration of different values, beliefs, and cultural perspectives into learning activities
     Promotes mutual respect, acceptance, and teamwork as a lifelong skill for all learners.

The COEEA Board Member of the Year:
     Provides outstanding service to COEEA
     Displays commitment and dedication to COEEA’s work
     Advances the EE profession.

COEEA Outdoors                                           8                                            Winter 2007

                      New Canaan Nature Center Presents:
                         SOLO                                                                    PRICE THIS

               Wilderness First Responder
     (80-hr Wilderness Emergency Medicine w/CPR)
          Saturday, January 5 - Sunday, January 13, 2008
                                        8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
     “Every Outdoor Enthusiast Should Take This Course!”
SOLO (Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities, Inc.) is the area leader in wilderness and emergency
 medicine training. SOLO’s 80-hour Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is a comprehensive course in
backcountry emergency first aid and a must for outdoor enthusiasts. Mock rescue scenarios are used to
give participants hands-on experience with first aid and long-term patient care in the wilderness. WFR
   certification is the standard for anyone seeking employment in the outdoors. WFR certification is
   recognized by the American Camping Association, U.S. Coast Guard, NOLS, Outward Bound,
    Connecticut and other Summer Camp and Guide Licensing Boards, as meeting their first aid
requirements. “Anyone who works or plays in the outdoors should have this wonderful course.”
                                           Don’t go without it!

   For more information: Contact Lisa Monachelli at 203-966-9577 x 38 or register at x
10 or 11 by 12/16. (Late registration is possible if space permits.) Cost: $635 includes lunch & snacks.
($350 is non-refundable after Dec 1.) Payment in full is due upon registration. Discounts for
organizations with multiple registrants may be available! Certification in Adult CPR is included.
Please let us know of any dietary restrictions when registering. A gear list is provided upon registration.
   Directions: The New Canaan Nature Center is at 144 Oenoke Ridge (Route. 124), New Canaan,
CT. Take the Merritt Parkway to exit 37. Go north following signs for Route.124 through town. The
Center is a ¼ mile north of town on the left. Meet at: Visitors Center.

             Complete Course Listings & Gear List at:
  Wilderness First Aid & WFR re-certification: 6/7-6/8/08 w/CPR possible. Call for information!

COEEA Outdoors                                       9                                        Winter 2007
                                        COUNTY NEWS
Fairfield County

Conservation in Connecticut
2007 marked not only The Student Conservation Association’s 50th year, but
also marked SCA’s first year of regional programming in southern CT.

This past summer sixteen Stamford area students along with two adult SCA
crew leaders worked to remove invasive plant species, perform trail
restoration and maintenance, plant native species, and contribute to the
ecological health of Stamford community parks and green spaces. It was a lot of hard work during some of the
hottest days of the year, but after hearing the feedback from the participants, it was all well worth it. ―I loved
working with you guys! Every time I pass our project site, I think about it. We did make a change there. I want to
be on a crew again next year‖ commented 16 year old crew member Frank Wright. Thanks to the city of Stamford
and many of its local corporations, SCA was able to pilot this program in 2007 and will once again be managing
commuting crews in southern Connecticut in 2008.

Similar to other SCA regional programs throughout the country, the Stamford program employs local high school
students to do much needed conservation service work during the summer months. The commuting crews work
for six weeks, Monday through Friday, 8 hours a day. In addition to their hard work, the crews participate in a
weekly environmental education day and the last week culminates with a four day, three night recreational
camping trip. This unique opportunity allows students to earn money during the summer while making a
difference in their communities and the environment. Students leave the program with not only a greater
understanding of environmental issues both locally and globally, but also with outdoor recreation and camping
experience, applicable job skills, and a heightened sense of leadership and responsibility.

We have already begun the planning and programming for 2008’s Stamford Conservation Crew Program. This
summer the program will be significantly expanding with hopes of engaging up to 50 high school students as well
as working with new partner sites and environmental/outdoor education organizations, and hiring 10 skilled crew

As a new member of COEEA, I look forward to meeting other outdoor and environmental education groups to
learn more about the exciting work that is being done in Connecticut!

                         Lori Robertson
                         SCA Program Coordinator

                        The Student Conservation Association is a national nonprofit. SCA fosters lifelong
stewardship of the environment by offering opportunities for education, leadership, and personal and career
development while providing the highest quality public service in natural resource management, environmental
protection, and conservation. In 2007 SCA placed 720 high school students in regionally based urban programs
throughout the country with a total of 1606 students between the ages of 15 and 19 serving in our programs
nationwide. To learn more, please visit our website:

COEEA Outdoors                                         10                                           Winter 2007
Litchfield County

       At Ann Antolini School in New Hartford,
       Connecticut, students have been collecting
       and recycling old sneakers. The sixth
       graders have an organization called A.C.T.
       (Antolini Community Team), which works
       to improve our school community. Recently
       we joined a recycling program called
       Rescue A Shoe, sponsored by NIKE.
       We asked all the students in our school to
       bring in old, unwanted sneakers and drop
       them off in a box. Once the box was full, we
       dumped all the shoes in bags and stored
       them until the deadline was up. We ended up collecting eight large garbage bags of

       When the deadline was up, we loaded all the bags of shoes into a truck and sent them to a
       collection site. From there they will be sent to NIKE. There, they will be melted down
       into soft playground material for kids who are not fortunate enough to have playgrounds
       at their schools. Also, for participating, we have a chance of getting mentioned in The
       Guinness Book of World Records because NIKE is planning on beating the record for the
       longest line of sneakers in the world!

       It's great to know our old sneakers will be used again, instead of just being thrown away.

                               POWER OF YOUTH
On November 3rd 2007, the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System (CES) held a 4-H
Volunteer Conference in Berlin, Connecticut. It was titled ―4-H Making Leaders Today and Tomorrow‖
and it was a day-long event of workshops, networking opportunities and energizing speakers. There
were approximately 80 attendees including 4-H volunteers, 4-H club members and CES staff.

The keynote address was given by Kenneth Jones. He is an assistant professor in the Department of
Community and Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky, serves as a youth development
specialist with the Kentucky 4-H youth development office, and is a former county extension agent and
Director of a statewide rural youth development project. His energetic and informative presentation
provided inspiration for the attendees. Kenneth gave tips and ideas on ways 4-H can help lead today’s
youth in public speaking, building self confidence and team-working skills.

Following the keynote the attendees broke into smaller groups for workshops. Some of the workshops
topics were Protecting Kids – What You Need to Know, Cyber Safety, Risk Management, Dealing with a
Bully, Learning, What’s the Brain Got to do with It,? Cliques, and Taking the Hassle Out of the H in 4-
H. The workshops had people talking, up moving around and learning in a fun atmosphere.

An excellent lunch was provided and attendees had an opportunity to view the ―4-H Hall of Great
Ideas.‖ This was an area set up with displays from 4-H Clubs, CES and the USDA. It allowed more

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time for networking and a chance to see what types of activities 4-H Clubs are involved in within the
State of Connecticut.

The day concluded with 4-H Recognition Awards and guest speaker, Bonnie Burr. Bonnie is a 4-H
Alumni and a life long 4-H Leader. She shared her knowledge of 4-H and how it has helped her
personally and professionally. Bonnie gave thanks to all 4-H Leaders and all that they do to help youth
grow into strong, confident adults.

The following statements are comments from evaluations handed in at the close of the conference:
       ―Short sweet information – expected long and boring – glad I made people come‖
       ―Workshops were great‖
       ―Laid back atmosphere – food was great‖
       ―Great ideas for projects with 4-Hers‖
       ―It was very affordable‖ ($25)
       ―Very informative‖
       ―Funny, engaging speakers‖

The conference was sponsored by the University of Connecticut, MONSANTO imagine® and The
Diebold Foundation.

- Linda Tomas, Youth Services Chair

                                Award Nomination Form
                                    COEEA Awards 2008 Nomination Form

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, February 15, 2008. Please submit the following information to or mail this form to Christopher Shepard, Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center, 156
Prospect Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109. Thank You!

Nominee: __________________________________________________________________________________________

Title & Organization: ________________________________________________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone & Email: _____________________________________________________________________________________

                                                            [   ] Environmental Educator of the Year
Please select one award per nominee and attach up           [   ] Outdoor Environmental Educator of the Year
to two pages explaining how this nominee meets the          [   ] Environmental Administrator of the Year
award criteria (attachments and photos are not              [   ] Inclusive Environmental Educator of the Year
required but accepted).                                     [   ] COEEA Board Member of the Year

Your Name: ________________________________________________________________________________________

Title & Organization: ________________________________________________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone & Email: _____________________________________________________________________________________

If your nominee is selected, would you like to help present the award at the April 4 ceremony? [ ] Yes [ ] N

COEEA Outdoors                                         12                                           Winter 2007
                                Board of Directors
Officers                                              County Represenatives
Lori Paradis Brant, President, (860) 346-2372         Vacant, Fairfield                          Nicky Moriarty, Hartford, (203) 841-6699
Christopher Shepard, Past President, (860) 543-3738                         Gio Ogno, Litchfield, (860) 354-7592
Kristen Allore, Secretary, (203) 938-2117                                     Kate Powell, Middlesex (203) 401-2738
Mary Moulton, Treasurer                             
         (860) 589-4708,          Chris Cohen, New Haven, (203) 264-5098
Kim Benton, Membership, (860) 997-4190                Kathy T. Dame, New London, (860) 439-5060                       
Sue Quincy, Conference,                               Vacant, Tolland                         Grace Jacobson, Windham, (860)377-3477
Becky Newman, Communications, (203) 227-7253                             NEEEA
 Section Chairs                                       Gio Ogno, NEEEA Liason, (860) 354-7592
Jeff Greig, Elementary, Middle & Secondary           
         Education, (860) 713-6854,     Tedor Whitman, NEEEA at large member
Lisa Monachelli, Environmental & Natural History    
         Interpretation, (203) 966-9577               Vacant, NEEEA Liason
Linda Tomas, Youth Services, (203) 332-4249

c/o Kim Benton
PO Box 330272
Elmwood, CT 06133

Winter 2007-2008 Newsletter

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