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Nature in our Neighborhoods

Monday, July 14, 2014 @ 9:00 AM-Wednesday, July 16, 2014 @ 4:00 PM

Education Summit for the Greater St. Louis Region

OPEN to all educators, campus grounds/landscape staff, university faculty and students, and all interested community members. Throughout St. Louis, the U.S. and the world, cities are recognizing how local biodiversity—the living organisms all around us—equate to healthier, happier, more livable, economically prosperous cities. Biodiversity is in our backyards, schoolyards, city streets, parking lots, roadside berms and balconies. Our biodiverse neighbors live in the soil underfoot and the tree canopy overhead. They clean and cool our air, prevent our streets from flooding, remove toxins from our soil and provide sustenance for people and all kinds of wildlife. To what extent can urban ecology be explored and investigated by students in ways that solve real-world problems, including environmental and economic challenges of our region?

To what extent can such investigations foster STEM-capable learners and spur interest in future real-world careers? During this 3-day experience, educators from across the St. Louis region will have the opportunity to network and share ideas on how best to integrate local biodiversity issues and ideas throughout their curriculum in ways that connect, compel and inspire. Designed for classroom educators, pre-service teachers and environmentally-minded organizations and community groups, the summit will feature keynote speakers, case study presentations, local field trips, inspiring stories/voices from across the globe and facilitated planning and discussion time.

Throughout the summit, participants will start a customized, multi-year plan, packed with grade-appropriate activities, curriculum connections, book lists, real-world career profiles and other resources relevant to their own school/community needs. The 2014 Nature in our Neighborhoods Education Summit is convened by the Missouri Botanical Garden in collaboration with local school districts, universities and other community organizations.

TEAM REGISTRATION: Teams of 2 – 5 are encouraged. A registration fee of $150 covers a team of up to 5 for the entire summit and includes a light breakfast and lunch each day. To register a team on-line, CLICK HERE.

INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION: Interested individuals may register for $60 by calling Jennifer Hartley @ 314-577-0819. Fee covers attendance for the entire summit and a light breakfast and lunch each day.

Registration Deadline is Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Graduate credit or continuing education credit is available through the following universities:
Harris-Stowe State University
Lindenwood University
Maryville University
Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville
University of Missouri–St. Louis
Webster University

Nature in our Neighborhoods is a partnership presentation of:


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Monday, July 14, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 @ 4:00 PM
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