The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education held its 33rd annual conference this weekend, September 18-19. It was held at General Butler State Park, in Carrollton, Ky. The conference this year was focused on current events in the field of environmental education. Different threads included environmental literacy and environmental education in practice. Highlights of the conference included keynote speaker, Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D., who discussed the connection between food, health and the environment, and an update on current legislature involving the environment. The food for the conference featured Kentucky products, and recycling bins were set up for not only aluminum and paper, but also for electronics. There was a silent auction, an educational resources table and an exhibit fair.
Concurrent sessions focused on environmental curriculum, reducing carbon footprints and conservation of water, the Earth and its natural resources. There were several really fun sessions including a historical canoe trip down the Kentucky River, and an organic dairy farm tour. I was privileged to be a speaker, and I gave a talk on "A Student's Perspective On Learning How Climate Change is Affecting the World."
The KAEE is a progressive group that leads Kentucky's educators in the field of environmental education. This was my first conference, and I was very impressed. For more information about this group, visit its website