Environmental Education Association of South Carolina

2019 Summer Conference: Building Community

June 9-11, 2019
Moore Farms Botanical Garden
Lake City, SC
Pricing, Lodging, and Registration Details

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - Schedule and Session Descriptions


Leopold Education Project • Sunday, June 9, 10am-4pm
At Lynches River County Park, 5094 County Park Rd, Coward, SC 29530
Facilitators:  Sarah Whitmire and Tricia Kyzer
$40 fee includes lunch, curriculum, materials, and instruction

Description:  The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an interdisciplinary conservation ethics curriculum based on essays found in Aldo Leopold’s conservation classic, A Sand County Almanac.  Leopold is considered the father of wildlife management and of the wilderness system. The combination of ecological science and literary prose in the Almanac makes it useful in science and English classrooms.
Educators find a variety of hands-on/minds-on ways to deepen participants' awareness of the outdoors. Topics include weather, adaptations, and conservation.

Participants will receive: a copy of A Sand County Almanac, the LEP activity guide, and a set of activity cards that supplement the lessons in the activity guide or stand alone.

About Sarah Whitmire:  Sarah has served as the Director of Education at the Lake Conestee Nature Park in Greenville, SC since July 2016. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology and a master's degree in Science Education from the University of Georgia, and she has spent time as a field technician tracking the occurrence of the Hantivirus in the rodent population of New Mexico, collecting DNA samples and trapping black bears in Georgia and Louisiana, coordinating programs at the Fortson 4-H Center in Hampton, GA, and teaching high school biology at J.L. Mann High School in Greenville, SC. Sara is a certified facilitator for the Leopold Education Project, Project Learning Tree, Project WET, and Project Wild curricula.

About Tricia Kyzer:  TBA

Adopt-A-Stream Training • Sunday, June 9, 10am-4pm
At Lynches River County Park, 5094 County Park Rd, Coward, SC 29530
Facilitator: Chenille Williams
$10 fee includes lunch, curriculum, materials, and instruction

Description: Want to get involved in protecting our waterways? Looking for a community science project? Attend this training workshop and become a certified SC Adopt-a-Stream volunteer!
Participants will learn how to:

  • collect water samples
  • perform chemical and bacterial analyses
  • measure water quality in local waterbodies

This training workshop includes classroom and field portions. Participants must pass a test in order to be certified to use the Adopt-a-Stream database.

About Chenille Williams: Chenille has worked as an environmental educator for eight years and is currently the Education Program Coordinator for Richland County Stormwater Management where she conducts education and public participation programs for students, professionals, teachers, and homeowners that focus on water quality and pollution prevention. When she isn’t teaching others how to keep waterways clean, Chenille makes art, practices yoga, and enjoys watching sci-fi movies with her cats.

Woods Bay State Park Field Trip • Sunday, June 9, 10am-11:30am
Meet at 11020 Woods Bay Rd, Lynchburg, SC 29080
Facilitator:  Dr. Austin Jenkins

Description:  Park and meet at the nature center to join USC Sumter Naturalist Austin Jenkins for an easy, guided loop hike to discover the mysterious geological features called Carolina Bays. In this hike, we will travel through many habitats, including a marsh, shrub bogs, sandhills, swamp and oak-hickory forest. Bring water and protection from the sun and bugs.

About Dr. Austin Jenkins:  Austin is a native of Camden, SC and studied Biology Education at The Citadel.  He went on to study various and sundry plants and animals at Clemson University.  Now a Naturalist at USC Sumter, Austin teaches courses in The Natural History of SC and Environmental Biology.  Austin also facilitates the Midlands Master Naturalist Class.   

General Conference Sessions • Sunday, June 9, 1:00-4:00pm
Moore Farms Botanical Garden, 100 New Zion Rd, Lake City, SC 29560
Presenters:  Dr. Brad Daniel and Lauren Pyle

Description:  TBA
About Dr. Brad Daniel
:  TBA

About Lauren Pyle:  TBA

Monday, June 10, 2019 - Schedule and Session Descriptions


Keynote Address with Alma Busby-Williams
9:15-10:15am

Description:  Attendees will learn:

  • How to use authentic storytelling to engage an underserved community
  • How to strategically partner with an agency/organization already serving a hard-to-reach group
  • How to assess if your approach is culturally INcompetent 

About Alma Busby-Williams:  Alma is a native of Oakland, California. She received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University and her Juris Doctor from New College of California. She has more than 20 years of management experience with community action agencies. She has facilitated Cultural Competency trainings for a variety of organizations, and she still believes her most important role is facilitating the difficult but vital discussions. Alma is currently the center manager for the Audubon Center and Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest.  Alma is excited to share the vision of the National Audubon Society, which believes that the conservation conversation must be broader, more diverse, and more inclusive, to be successful. One of Alma’s priorities as the new center manager is to conduct outreach and engagement to organizations who serve diverse communities while illustrating the public health benefits of walking in the oldest, virgin cypress-tupelo forest in the world; teaching them about the importance of preserving various bird habitats; and the effects of climate reality. 

Concurrent Sessions
10:30am-12:00pm

Moore Farms Botanical Garden Tour with Moore Farms Botanical Garden (MFBG) Staff

Description:  TBA

Native Plants and Neotropical Migrants with Jay Keck

Description:  Many neotropical migrant birds breed in or pass through SC during spring and fall migration, creating the opportunity for them to eat SC's native plants. Some of these native plants are the largest producers of food for the birds, as well as the invasive plants that contribute very little to the local ecosystem.

About Jay Keck:  Jay is a graduate of College of Charleston. Being inspired by the SC Wildlife Federation's (SCWF's) mission, he earned his Palmetto Pro Birder certification and has led bird walks for SCWF, Saluda Shoals park, Columbia Audubon, and private organizations. At SCWF, Jay coordinates the Gardening for Wildlife programs and the Wildlife and Industry Together (WAIT) program, and he leads birding classes for the Palmetto Pro Birder and Midlands Master Naturalist programs.

Classroom Connections

  • SC Adopt-a-Stream: Providing real-world classroom applications using the statewide citizen water quality monitoring program with Eliza Nixon
    • Description: South Carolina Adopt-a-Stream (SCAAS) promotes education and awareness to help protect South Carolina’s waterways through water quality and ecosystem monitoring. This volunteer, community science program has compiled a significant database from dedicated volunteers’ contributions and  because the data collected is used in partnerships on the local level to promote and protect the state’s waterways, the program can be used as a tool for real-life science application in the classroom.
    • About Eliza Nixon:  Eliza works for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) as the Adopt-a-Stream Coordinator and the Savannah Watershed Manager. Growing up in Columbia, Eliza moved to Charleston after graduating from the University of Georgia and has resided in the Lowcountry for the last four years. In Charleston, she was a non-formal marine educator, working with students and teachers alike to connect the classroom with the outdoors.
  • Growing Up WILD with Diane Curlee
    • Description:  TBA
    • About Diane Curlee:  TBA
  • Environmentally Responsible Classroom with Brent White
    • Description:  Attendees will leave with ideas about how to be environmentally conscience in the classroom.  Discussion topics will include classroom management ideas, lesson plans, and helpful practices.
    • About Brent White:  Brent is a National Board Certified teacher with 12 years of teaching experience.

Naturalist Mark Catesby in Costume with John Myers
12:50-1:30pm

Description:  John Myers, dressed as Naturalist Mark Catesby in 18th century costume, will share Catesby's famous artwork.

About John Myers:  TBA

Concurrent Sessions
1:45-3:15pm

Teaching Ecosystem Services Using iTree with Matt Schnabel

Description:  Learn to use Project Learning Tree’s Teaching with i-Tree, a unit designed for use with middle and high school students that includes hands-on activities that engage students in discovering and analyzing the ecosystem services that trees provide. Students use the free, online i-Tree Design software – developed by the U.S. Forest Service – to calculate the dollar value of the benefits provided by a tree or a set of trees.

About Matt Schnabel:  Matt Schnabel is the Environmental Education Coordinator for the SC Forestry Commission and he directs Project Learning Tree for South Carolina. Matt obtained his Associate’s in Natural Resource Management from Central Carolina Technical College, his B.S. in Education from Miami University, and his Master’s in Parks & Recreation from Clemson University. He has taught for Lexington School District One, and worked for North Carolina State Park system and at Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia, SC.

 Insects, Spiders, and Ticks! Oh, My! With Dr. Robert Wolff

Description:  Learning when to be careful and when to not be afraid can help not only those teaching but, most importantly, help keep children and adults open to understanding nature and to explore it fully. This session will cover the arthropods that have medical importance in South Carolina, highlight examples of medically important species, and focus on how the arthropods can be used to increase a love for nature.

About Dr. Robert Wolff:  Dr. Robert “Bob” Wolff has been a science and nature educator for almost 50 years. His research has focused on spiders and insects and other invertebrates and has helped people become less afraid of these wonderful animals. His work led to the conviction of a tarantula smuggler for the longest sentence ever for violation of U.S. Wildlife laws. Bob teaches biology and health, and he studies spiders, insects, ticks, earthworms, bacteria, and other related topics.

Cut and Come Again Cool-Season Salad Greens with Dr. Arlene Marturano

Description:  Salad Bucket Gardens are a way to demonstrate how growing their own food can be a child’s first step in going green. Using portable one-gallon food grade buckets, students engage in high-density food production by sowing seed, harvesting greens, preparing and consuming seasonal salads at school before toting buckets home to share with family.  Learn about the Cool-Season Garden program trialed with 500 K-5 students in two public school districts in South Carolina in 2018.

About Dr. Arlene Marturano :  Dr. Arlene Marturano, teacher educator, is the Director of the South Carolina Garden-based Learning Network, garden communicator, and frequent speaker and prolific writer on the educational roots of children's gardening.


Concurrent Sessions
3:30-4:30pm

Art in Environmental Education with Katie Altman and Sarah Rogers

Description:  Environmental education comes in a variety of forms to accommodate a wide audience and range of topics. Learn about using art as a tool in environmental education and see examples of programs that have implemented this approach as an incentive for learning though public participation and creative thinking. Participants will experience a recycled art lesson first hand and receive a take-home lesson plan.

About Katie Altman:  Katie Altman is a Clemson Extension Water Resources Agent in Sumter County who has always had a passion for the unique ecology of South Carolina. She began her career in science education as a National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellow, while earning her Masters in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies at Coastal Carolina University. She worked for the SC State Park Service as a naturalist interpreter before finding her way to Clemson Extension in 2016.

About Sarah Rogers:  Sarah Rogers is a Clemson Extension Water Resources Agent in Florence and Darlington counties. She has always been passionate about environmental conservation, outreach, and education. Her passions for outreach and education led her to the Peace Corps, where she developed environmental programs and promoted environmental education. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology Management through Clemson University.

Rivers as Educational and Recreational Assets with Michael Mayo

Description:  There are many pros and cons of getting people, especially children, outdoors and on the river. The Three Rivers Region plans to offering unique riverside experiences that facilitate being able to easily get on the river, and encourage people to enjoy and explore the outdoors. This session will include a discussion portion for audience members to share what success stories in overcoming some challenges with getting people outdoors.

About Michael Mayo:   Michael Mayo started Palmetto Outdoors in 2006 with a handful of tubes after the completion of the West Columbia Riverwalk created public river access and the need for safe river navigation. The first Palmetto Outdoors river trip route was a 2-mile stretch between the Riverbanks Zoo and the West Columbia Riverwalk. Since then Palmetto Outdoors has become the largest kayaking and tubing outfitter in South Carolina that offers several different types of trips and tours.

Environmental Education On-the-Go with Manella Calhoun

Description:   The mission of “Critters and More, On-the-Go!” is to provide children, youth, and adults the opportunity to discover the many forms in nature through the five senses and use those experiences to grow in Mind, Body, and Spirit. Hands-on activities and programs engage the mind while moderate physical exercises are used to compare animal and human capabilities. By traveling to schools, churches, camps, and events in South Carolina, On-The-Go teaches stewardship of the natural world.

About Manella Calhoun:  Manella Calhoun had 40+ years of career opportunities in systems development and accounting services before retiring in 2009.  Afterwards she served as the Foothills Presbytery Stewardship of Creation Enabler and chaired a committee to build Roberts Church Community Trail.  In 2010, she graduated from the SC Upstate Master Naturalist program. With much encouragement and after much joy in sharing the natural world with others, Manella led the effort to establish Critters and More, On-The-Go! in 2016.  

Beneath Your Feet with Jodi Zeis

Description:  Both formal and informal educators will participate in activities that teach 3rd-12th grade students to create an insect census and collect population data on other living organisms. Participants will experience methods for students to turn that data into collaborative and authentic products to share. This session connects to a variety of content standards, the Profile of the SC Graduate, and computational thinking, while preparing students for college and career readiness.

About Jodi Zeis:  Jodi Zeis is an Assistant Professor of Education at Francis Marion University. She has taught every grade (K-12) in either general or special education. As a volunteer at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, she participated in insect research and has also volunteered as an education program facilitator at ZooAmerica. Jodi is currently completing her Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning at University of South Carolina with a focus on STEM teachers in high poverty rural schools. 

Table Rotations:  Exhibitors
4:30-6:00pm

  • Little Hands, HUGE Impact! with Nancy Platt
    • Description:  When Nancy Platt moved from Wando High School to teach special needs students at James B. Edwards Elementary (JBE), she had no idea what was to come. What started as co-teaching an eco-club after school once a month evolved into a school wide green team, a greenhouse and gardens compound, and a complete horticulture program for all grade levels. In her second year of teaching at JBE in 2015, Mrs. Platt secured a small greenhouse from Donors Choose to grow herbs with her special needs students and to grow spartina grass for the From Seeds to Shoreline Program with her eco-club. After being observed by parents and staff while puttering in her greenhouse with students all year, she was approached to collaborate on taking these botanical endeavors school wide. With support from administration, a guideline from the district, and some good mentoring by her friend, Katie Donahoe, this fledgling team got to work raising the $35,000 needed to purchase and erect a 35’x26’ working classroom greenhouse.
    • About Nancy Platt:  Nancy Platt began her career in the private sector and became certified teacher in 2007. Later in her career, she worked at JBE in Mt. Pleasant, SC, where her green team became a countywide example of greening possibilities. Mrs. Platt won SC DHEC Recycling Teacher of the Year in 2015, JBE Teacher of the Year in 2016, and the Daughters of the American Revolution national award for Outstanding Community Classroom Project in 2018.
  • Growing Minds: From Indoor to Outdoor Classrooms with Katie Donahoe
    • Description:  Growing Minds Project is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2015 in suburban Mount Pleasant, South Carolina with a mission to educate and empower individuals to grow food everywhere because farming isn’t restricted to rural areas. This session will review the Growing Minds’s partnership with with JBE Elementary school and Wando High School and collaborative growth.
    • About Katie Donahoe:  In 2009, Katie began an award winning horticulture program at Wando High School. After nearly a decade in the classroom, she moved to a small farm and took her classroom with her. Her non-profit, Growing Minds, operates the educational farm located near Charleston, SC. There she teaches children and adults about the principles of sustainable agriculture. Her career is now a combination of everything she has learned along the way. She calls herself an “Agrieduentreprenuer”.
  • Habitat Hunt: We All Need Trees! with Rosemary Martin-Jones
    • Description:  Take a look inside Camp Discovery's Habitat Hunt Program, geared toward pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children. Learn about tree life cycles and how trees provide habitats for animals throughout the trees' life cycle. Explore a fallen log habitat, then create your own tree or log habitat. This lesson includes literature, a STEAM component, and hands-on interaction with the natural environment.
    • About Rosemary Martin-Jones:  Rosemary Martin-Jones began as a volunteer at Camp Discovery and is an environmental educator and administration manager at Camp Discovery in Blythewood, SC. She and fell in love with the relaxing 116 acres of forests, meadows and streams that are home to many species of animals and plants. Rosemary is a graduate of the Midlands Master Naturalist program, an SC Adopt-a-Stream trainer, and currently enrolled in Environmental Educator certification programs in North and South Carolina.
  • WOW Educational Outreach with Delaney Lann
    • Description:  In the “What’s in Our Waters?” (WOW) educational outreach program, university students serve as mentors to high school classes and educate them on how humans impact local water systems. The mentors also develop instructional videos that demonstrate field sampling techniques and collect data on student participation. The program was analyzed to identify the high school students’ comprehension of the material covered and perspective changes as a result of program participation.
    • About Delaney Lann:  Delaney Lann is a junior Civil Engineering major at Clemson University, the president of the RiSE Adopt-a-Stream chapter, a research assistant for the What's in our Waters Creative Inquiry, and an intern for the Clemson Extension Water Resources office.
  • Winogradsky Columns and Mesocosms with Peter Lauzon
    • Description:  TBA
    • About Peter Lauzon:  TBA
  • Additional Exhibitors TBA!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - Schedule and Session Descriptions

Lynches River Paddle Trip • Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 9am-12pm

Lynches River County Park, 5094 County Park Rd, Coward, SC 29530
River Guide:  Dan Hill
$15 fee includes boats and paddles

Description:  Limited to 20 participants; first come, first served.  Participants must be at least 5 years old and weigh at least 50 lbs.  A personal flotation device (provided) must be worn correctly at all times while on the river.  Rentals cannot be made if the temperature is less than 45° F and/or winds are higher than 30 mph. Rentals are also suspended when the river level is 8 feet or higher.
About Dan Hill: 
TBA

Concurrent Sessions
9:00-10:30am

Moore Farms Botanical Garden Tour with Moore Farms Botanical Garden (MFBG) Staff

Description:  TBA

Session TBA

Description: TBA

About the Presenter: TBA

General Sessions
10:45am-12:00pm

Green Steps Schools with Jane Hiller

Description:  TBA

About Jane Hiller:  TBA

Funding and Resources for Your K-12 Environmental Project with Amanda Ley, Stefanie Vandiver, and Amy Curran

Description:  The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control offers funding and resources for K-12 environmental education projects through three programs: Champions of the Environment, Recycling Education, and Breathe Better. Learn about the various levels of funding availability, free resources, and how to apply for these programs.


About the Presenters

  • Amanda Ley has been at DHEC for 12 years and works in the Watersheds and Nonpoint Source Section of the Bureau of Water. She coordinates the Champions of the Environment Program and the SC Watershed Atlas, and is the Watershed Manager for the Broad and Edisto Basins. She also serves on the Environmental Affairs Outreach Committee. Away from work, Amanda is an avid naturalist, enjoys running and gardening, and is kitty mom to Baggins.
  • Stefanie Vandiver has worked at DHEC for almost 25 years and works in the Solid Waste Grants, Planning, & Regulation Development Section of the Bureau of Land and Waste Management. She administers the Recycling Grant Education Program. Stefanie's interests include spending time with family, going to the beach, and cruising.
  • Amy Curran has been at DHEC for 18 years and works in the Air Initiatives & Mobile Sources Section of the Bureau of Air Quality. She coordinates the Breathe Better (B2) Anti-Idling Program and the Spare the Air Awards. She serves on the Green Team and Environmental Affairs Outreach Committees at work, and is a mentor for the Green Steps Schools program. Lately, her 11 chickens have become a hobby, from building their coop to selling their eggs. She learns something new about her chickens every day and enjoys being a crazy chicken mom!

Green Ribbon Schools with Adam Ereth

Description:  TBA

About Adam Ereth:  TBA

Palmetto Environmental Education Certification with E.V. Bell

Description:  TBA

About E.V. Bell:  TBA

Registration Deadline:
July 14!

For questions, contact conference@eeasc.org.


Conference Site

EdVenture Children's Museum
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Tuesday and Wednesday, July 21-22
EdVenture Children’s Museum
Columbia, SC



About the Conference

At this conference we will be exploring models for formal and informal educators to collaborate in and out of the classroom and to provide opportunities for students to improve and educate their communities about environmental issues and action.




Family Friendly!

Bring your children to the Bike Ride (13 and older) and State Museum with us! Just add them when you register.

You can also sign your child up for one of four Day Camp options we've arranged with EdVenture.

  • Four Alarm Fire
  • Spa Science
  • Robotastic
  • Molecular Munchables

EEASC conference registrants can choose a special 1 or 2 day option during the conference rather than the full week general public option. Click the Kid's Day Camp option when you register, and we will send you details on signing up for these camps!


Thanks to EdVenture for making these day camps possible!





Draft Agenda

Pre-Conference Activities

Tuesday, July 21 (1:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

  • 1:00-4:00 pm  Project WILD Curriculum Training + L
  • 1:00-2:30 pm  Green Steps School Training + L
  • 2:30-4:00 pm  Columbia Canal Bike Ride + L CANCELLED
  • 5:00-8:00 pm  Second Shift Tuesday at the State Museum +


Conference Day

Wednesday, July 22 (8:00 am – 4:00 pm) *

  • Environmental Outreach at EdVenture (Daniel Cummins)
  • Plants for People: Edible and Medicinal Gardens (Dr. Todd Beasley)
  • Plants for Wildlife: Campus Habitats (Dr. Arlene Marturano)
  • Plants for Water Quality: Rain Gardens (Betsy Kaemmerlen)
  • Make-and-Take/Share Stations
  • Silent Auction


Additional Notes

Lodging: Lodging is own your own. Several hotels can be found near EdVenture.

+ Preregistration and/or additional fee required.

L Limited Space Available

* Lunch is included in the conference registration. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate special dietary needs.

Environmental Education Association of South Carolina, Inc.

701 Gervais St., Suite 150-538

Columbia, SC 29201-3066

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