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					                    2009 TAEE Conference Sessions Descriptions

Texas Geology: After the Collision
Presenter: Diane Brownlee, Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute
What happened to the landscape in Texas between the end of the Cretaceous and now?
How did our modern landscapes and soils end up where they are today? What are the
ongoing geologic processes that account for our current familiar settings?
Perks of Your Site – TAEE Online Database
Presenter: Tracy Hollis, TAEE Past President
Become an ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBER and get to know the TAEE Online
Database System.

Sponsorships, Partnerships, and Fund Development
Presenter: Haily Summerford, TAEE President
Haily Summerford, a recent MBA graduate concentrating in not-for-profit management,
shares her knowledge of successful partnerships, how to develop a fund development
plan and write a sponsorship proposal. Participants will leave with helpful tools including
planning templates.

Climate Change in the Classroom
Presenter: Haily Summerford, TAEE President
Haily Summerford is one of only 1,500 in the U.S. trained by former Vice President Al
Gore, to present a version of Gore’s computer-based slideshow which became the basis
of his best-selling book and documentary film, “An Inconvenient Truth”. Participants
will be introduced to climate change, global warming and classroom resources including
a PowerPoint and lessons developed by the National Wildlife Federation.

Kids on the Land
Presenter: Peggy Maddox, Holistic Management International
Come hear about an innovative program called Kids on Land which reconnects kids to
nature and gives them a sense of place. Learn about this program and how an
experiential learning site, West Ranch, could be coming to your region.

Exploring Earth from Space - Reflections from Space
Presenter: Lisa Brown, NASA Aerospace Education Services Project
What planet does NASA study the most? EARTH! Come learn about NASA's hands-on
activities to help your students study earth's processes. This workshop will combine
environmental studies, scientific research and remote sensing to develop a better
understanding of the natural processes found on earth.

Digitizing the Science Classroom
Presenter: Lisa Brown, NASA Aerospace Education Services Project
Do you Wiki, blog, tweet? Science and technology form a natural bond that allows for
the creation of a better learning environment for students and teachers. The world is
changing as technology changes the nature of the “community” in which we live.
Students already use technology that brings us closer such as chat rooms, iPods and
digital media. Participants will be shown how to tie their content, curriculum and
technology together in meaningful ways that allow them to address both science
standards and technology standards.

Nothing but Net - Online Interactive Map Machines for Environmental Science &
Presenter: Roger and Anita Palmer, GISetc
Web-based map tools today offer data to support classroom investigations in science,
math, and many other disciplines. Discover concepts from energy, cycles of nutrients,
city planning, biodiversity, population dynamics and disease distributions using nothing
more than a web browser. Attendees will be given sample lessons that can be taken
directly back to the classroom. So if you have nothing more than an Internet connection
at your disposal, this session is for you!

Eco-Schools - A Place for Learning
Presenter: Andrea Dravigne, National Wildlife Federation
Eco-Schools is a program that models environmentally-sound practices, provides “green”
curriculum, supports science and academic achievement, and fosters a greater
sense of environmental stewardship among young people through an approach that
combines learning, school-based action, and community services.

SMART Schools: Sustainable Energy Opportunities for Schools
Presenter: Brenda Swirczynski, University of North Texas
What is “sustainable?” Is it the same as “green?” How does it relate to being “energy
efficient?” Join us for a brief discussion about these meanings, how they relate to Texas
schools and current opportunities for implementing these types of projects in your
district. There are some innovative and exciting projects happening in our state – maybe
you could be a part of the next one!

How to Create a Bioregional Website
Presenter: Burr Williams, Sibley Nature Center
The ecology and the history of a region shape its modern culture. Awareness of
environmental issues begins with knowledge of home. The Sibley Nature Center has
created a website with hundreds of essays and thousands of photographs used in student
educational programming in pre-visit and post-visit activities.

Land and Sea, Saltwater and Freshwater, and Everything in Between
Presenter: Nancy Schultz, Cathey Whitener, Sam Youts, Texas A&M at Galveston
1) Investigate and imitate! How land and sea organisms use bio-luminescence. 2) Bio-
diversity and Bio-accumulation! How trophic levels in an ecosystem influence pollution.
3) Saltwater and Freshwater bivalves! A comparative ecology of live oysters and
freshwater shellfish. Three hands-on lessons to use in any classroom, any level, anywhere
in Texas!
Getting Ready for a Field Trip
Presenter: Koy Coffer, Texas Wildlife Association
Everyone loves field trips, but do you really know how much there is to put one on? Join
us as we take you through each step, and then go outside for a hands-on experience with

Science Discovery Stations
Presenter: Paula Wheeler and Iris Munoz, Barry Environmental Magnet School HISD
and Milstead Middle School PISD
After a brief introduction participants are invited to examine Science Discovery Stations
designed to meet the needs of all learners (grades 3-5). Each station sponsors the
integration of environmental issues which are creatively explored through technology,
literature, hands-on activities & journaling. English Language Learner strategies,
including Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP), are incorporated throughout
the stations to facilitate content learning and vocabulary acquisition by English language

Natives in the Classroom
Presenter: Peggy Spring and Susan Campbell, San Antonio Parks and Recreation
How have people depended on native plants for food, fiber, shelter and dye? Can you
make dinner, rope and a house from the same plant? Bring native plants into your
classroom to answer these questions and explore other engaging interactions between
people and native plants.

Connecting People to Nature Anywhere, Lets Go Outside
Presenter: Tonya Nix, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Learn how you can connect your state, local, district mission/objectives with outdoor
education activities. Investigate how to use your school grounds for outdoor learning.
Participate in hands-on activities. Review options for field trips on public lands, many at
little or no cost. Gain resources for curriculum that has been complied for teachers by
teachers and is correlated to state objectives.

NETO – Nonpoint (Source Pollution) Education Teaching Opportunities
Presenter: Cinde Thomas-Jimenez, Guadalupe Blanco River Authority
Participants will be presented information on non-point source pollution (NPS), and how
it affects water quality. They will actively participate in hands-on activities for grades 4-
8 classroom use. These activities will further student understanding of problems
associated with NPS. Participants will also be treated to a demonstration of NPS using a
model of the Guadalupe River Basin. Activity packet will be provided on CD.

Taking Poetry Outside
Presenter: Carol Miserlain, Houston ISD Outdoor Education Center (OEC)
We will utilize the natural setting to write poetry. Learn about some of the forms of
poetry that we have fifth grade students write during their experience at the OEC. I will
also share a variety of poetry books that can be used to introduce environmental/science
Watercolors in the Forest
Presenter: Marti Colvin, Houston ISD, Outdoor Education Center at Olympia
Learn watercolor painting techniques and try out some great nature art activities to do
with students outside. We will incorporate scientific observation and color mixing, along
with a discussion on the importance of art in education.

Field Investigations: Real Science for Environmental Literacy
Presenter: Kiki Corry, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Explore the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agency’s new guide for using field
investigations to build authentic scientific skills. Learn by doing: prepare for
investigation, build investigations from student questions and use data to identify

Hunting for Caterpillars: A Classroom Field Study
Presenter: Saleta Gomez, Earthwatch Institute
The first section will consist of a brief presentation of my experience teaching “Live from
the Field” as an Earthwatch Educator Fellow and conducting a “Caterpillar Field Study”
project at my campus. I would like to continue with a short caterpillar hunting session on
the grounds followed by a detailed demonstration of observation, rearing and cataloguing
methods. I will provide all materials and bring live specimens as well.

Dip into Texas Water
Presenter: Ann Miller, Texas Parks & Wildlife
New teaching tools are available from Texas Parks and Wildlife to help you teach about
our precious water resources. Get a taste of these resources through hands-on activities.

Journey North: A Global Study of Wildlife Migration and Seasonal Change
Presenter: Denise McAfee, The Environmental Cowgirl
Learn about Annenberg’s Journey North, A Global Study of Wildlife Migration and
Seasonal Change. This is an integrated curriculum for use in elementary and middle

NAAEE Guidelines
Presenters: Brenda Weiser, UHCL and Chris Moseley, UTSA
The National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education, initiated by NAAEE in
1993, has developed a series of Guidelines that set the standards for high-quality
environmental education. Each of these publications was developed by a diverse team of
professionals, and each has gone through a substantive review by thousands of
professionals prior to its publication.

Energy and Society
Presenter: Chris Moseley, UTSA
PLT's Energy & Society program kit provides formal and nonformal educators with tools
and activities to help students in grades PreK-8 learn about their relationship with energy
and investigate the environmental issues related to energy's role in society. Energy &
Society helps students develop critical thinking skills to make decisions about their
personal energy use. In addition to hands-on activities, Energy & Society integrates
music and dance to enhance the study of energy issues.

Movin’ and Groovin’ With Billy B.
Presenter: Billy B.
A workshop about incorporating music and kinesthetics with EE.

Growing Up WILD
Presenter: Rose Banzhaf, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Project Wild has developed a program for children 3 to 7 years old. This workshop will
introduce participants to this exciting new program. All participants will leave with the
new Growing Up Wild workbook.

Forests of the World
Presenters: Angie Soldinger, Texas Forest Service and Sally Wall, CCISD
Come experience PLT’s latest secondary module. Learn about the different types of
forest and how they affect our global community. Stay for one hour to get a preview or
for the whole time. Books will be available for those that want to purchase them

Flying WILD
Presenter: Tonya Nix, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Flying WILD, a program of the Council for Environmental Education, introduces
students to bird conservation through standards-based classroom activities and
environmental stewardship projects. Flying WILD encourages schools to work closely
with conservation organizations, community groups, and businesses involved with birds
to implement school bird festivals and bird conservation projects. Participants receive
Flying Wild Curriculum book and a certificate. Note: $ 15.00 Fee for each participant to
cover cost of book. Cash or Check made payable to FAMI.

Reading the Landscape
Presenter: Burr Williams, Sibley Nature Center
Learn to interpret the landscape to understand its past ecological history by understanding
the placement and populations of plants in a landscape. How was the landscape used by
previous owners of the land? What natural processes are now shaping the landscape?
Understand the role of plant succession, grazing, fencing, and fire in shaping the
landscape. Proper management of a present-day landscape is greatly enhanced by
understanding its ecological history. Most of the program will occur during a walk on the

Field Trips
Ethnobotany Walk (Free! Sign-up at the registration table.)
Leader: Burr Williams, Sibley Nature Center
Ethnobotany is the study of how people used plants throughout history. It is the best
method to capture a student's imagination and interest in botany. When a knowledgeable
leader asks students to taste a flower or create a string from yucca or make soap suds
from yucca, the memory sticks with the students and it becomes part of the local lore.
Students want to learn more, and most regions have over 200 species of useful plants.
Most of the program will occur during a walk on the grounds.

Ft. McKavet/Presidio de San Saba ($5 per person; Sign-up at the registration table.)
Leader: Chris Moseley, UTSA
Ft. Mckavett: Originally called Camp San Saba because it overlooks the headwaters of
the San Saba River Valley, Fort McKavett State Historic Site was established by five
companies of the Eighth Infantry in March 1852 to protect frontier settlers and travelers
on Upper El Paso Road. Presidio de San Saba: Franciscan missionaries established
Mission Santa Cruz de San Sabá in 1757 to Christianize the eastern Apache Indians. The
site, rediscovered in the fall of 1993 and proved by archeologists in January 1994, is on
the San Saba River about three miles east of the present town of Menard and four miles
from the ruins of San Luis de las Amarillas Presidio, which was built to protect the

Lovers Leap Plant Walk-Ecology of the Edwards Plateau
(Free! Sign-up at the registration table.)
Leader: Mark Moseley, Rangeland Management Specialist, USDA
Did you ever lay awake at night wondering what sycamore leaf snowbell or mountain
mahogany looked like? A plant walk on Sunday morning at Lovers Leap will help you
sleep better. Don’t forget your camera!

Birding: South Llano State Park ($4 per person)
Leader: Park Ranger
The park represents one of the most substantial and oldest Rio Grande Turkey winter
roosts in the state. A park ranger will assist as we visit several state-of-the-art bird blinds
offering a glimpse of the variety of bird life, as well as the turkeys moving to and from
the roost. $4 Park Entrance Fee per person.

Hiking: South Llano State Park ($4 per person)
Leader: Park Ranger
The Park Ranger will lead an interpretive, moderate-level hike through the
neighboring Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area. The hike will go through a cross-
section of riparian and upland habitats that gives two distinct experiences typical of the
Edwards plateau. $4 Park Entrance Fee per person.

Canoeing on the River ($10 per person; pre-registration required)

EE and the ARTS (Social Events)
Rockin’ on the River with Billy B.
Friday 7 – 9 p.m.
A Billy B show is an experience in kinetic learning. Kids love to move and make noise.
That is exactly what a Billy B show is all about. Doing everything from mimicking the
slide of tectonic plates with legitimate “moon walking” to pretending to be leaves
photosynthesizing. Billy B and kids all over the country have danced their way to a better
understanding of the natural world.
Get down and get SWAMPY with Lucas Miller, the singing zoologist!
Saturday 7 - 9 p.m.
With songs about wetlands, monarch butterflies, mako sharks and bluebonnets, Lucas
gets kids laughing out loud and singing with WILD abandon. His multimedia
presentations are legendary for their blend of science, fun and artistry. It's not every
conference where you can see an artist declared an "American Masterpiece" by the
National Endowment for the Arts so don't miss it!