Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education

field trips & Workshops

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Pre-conference Professional Workshops  

Environmental Educator Certification – Strand 1​

MAEOE is offering a state environmental education certification following the guidelines of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).  Much of the process is self-paced and requires five strands to be completed before certification is conferred.  Strand 1, however, requires a specific workshop which enables candidates to be educated in the history of EE in Michigan, Michigan natural resources, EE best practices and more.  Completion of Strand 1 is mandatory and only offered a few times a year. Fee Required.

American Red Cross Training

This program certifies the participant in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for two years.  This training helps participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and first aid emergencies.  This course teaches the knowledge and skills needed to give immediate care to an injured or ill person and to decide whether advanced medical care is needed.  Fee Required

Northern Oaks Recycling and Disposal Facility

A short 30-minute drive from Mt. Pleasant is a state of the art landfill facility operated by Waste Management Inc. Come learn and view the latest technology that makes modern waste management safe and effective.  Containment design, groundwater monitoring and energy production will all be discussed.  No fee. Lunch is included.

Friday, October 6, 2017

8:00/9:00 am- Noon        Professional EE Workshops

Mindful Ecological Literacy: An Educational Primer for Peace & Ecology

The connections between the mindfulness in schools movement and place-based environmental education will be discussed in this inspiring workshop.  Participants will be guided through a series of mindfulness activities, including guided meditation and gentle yoga, as a healing avenue for understanding that peace and ecological healing is a personal transformation we must all make.

Strategies for Enhancing Diversity & Inclusion in Formal & Informal EE

This workshop aims to explicate best practices for engaging urban youth in discussions about the environmental gifts and challenges in their communities, but will elevate problem-based learning and service learning as critical tools of engagement.  Teachers, youth development professionals and non-formal educators will be equipped to better understand the perspectives of urban youth. 

Mid-Michigan Energy Tour

Mid-Michigan provides a rare opportunity to learn about   many unique forms of energy production.  This trip will include a tour of a natural gas plant converted from nuclear power, small-scale solar electricity production, and wind power. Limited space.  

MEECS:  Revised Energy Unit

Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) is one of our state’s finest EE opportunities.  These vast classroom materials are peer reviewed by experts and give educators the best science-based background on a diversity of topics.  This workshop will make any educator a Michigan energy “expert” and equip them with tremendous classroom material.  

Reducing Invasive Species in MI While Addressing NGSS & Social Studies Standards

Careless actions by ordinary citizens have led to new and harmful invasions of non-native species, highlighting the need for public education to reduce the spread of non-native organisms through pet trade and early detection of invaders.  Includes classroom materials, $150 stipend/sub pay, SCECHs, and opportunity to earn $500 to write lesson plans, present at conferences, and participate in follow-up activities with presenters.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

 1:00-4/4:30 pm     Field Trips

CMU Adventure Center Climbing Wall & High Ropes Course

CMU boasts one of the top outdoor recreation programs in Michigan. Their facilities are excellent and include both high ropes and a climbing wall. Here is your opportunity to try either or both in this session put on by trained CMU staff.  Instruction and motivation included. No fees.

Vestaburg Bog & Bird Banding

Visit the Vestaburg Bog at the Alma College Ecological Station near Vestaburg, MI to learn about the formation and function of bogs.  Also, participate in the capture and banding of fall migratory birds with Mike Bishop, director of the Alma College Bird Banding Station. No fees.

Ziibiwing Center Tour & Native Plant Walk

Visit the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture to learn more about original people of the Great Lakes region and the Saginaw Chippewa tribe in particular.  This field trip includes a guided tour of the museum’s permanent exhibit, a guided tour of the museum’s native plant walk, and a Q&A session with museum staff.  Fee: $ 3.00 to be paid upon arrival at Ziibiwing Center.

Hiking and Interpreting Deerfield Nature Park

Deerfield Park, just 15 minutes from CMU is one of the more spectacular public lands areas in Mid-Michigan. Nearly 600 acres, and bordering the Chippewa River, the topography and trails make this a great location to appreciate Michigan’s autumn. The park has hike in campsites and miles of trail.  Fee: $6.00/car upon park entry.

Paddling the Chippewa River

Spend a beautiful fall afternoon reinforcing your outdoor education skills by paddling the pristine Chippewa River with certified paddler Lynn Dominquez. This 3-hour trip of easy water will not require “out of the box expertise.”  Rent a kayak ($23) or share a canoe ($42).  Fees paid upon arrival at Buckley’s Mountainside canoe livery.             

Sunday, October 8, 2017
1:00 – 4:00 PM    Post-Conference Field Trips (tentative, based on number of participants)

Camp Rotary – Tackle the Tower

Only 30 minutes north of Mount Pleasant, Camp Rotary offers you a chance to tackle a  Climbing and Rapelling Tower!  The 40 foot high tower offers several different climbing methods, and of course what goes up must come down!  Fee: 10.00 to be paid upon arrival at Camp Rotary. A minimum number of registrants required.

Camp Rotary - High Ropes Adventure

Only 30 minutes north of Mount Pleasant, Camp Rotary offers you a chance to tackle a High Ropes Course! Climb and challenge yourself to complete our five obstacle High Ropes course terminating in our 755-foot Zip Line!  Fee: 10.00 to be paid upon arrival at Camp Rotary. A minimum number of registrants required.

​​2017 MAEOE Annual Conference​​