Posts tagged ‘PAEE’

May 28, 2014

Melissa Harding Presents at American Alliance of Museums 2014 Annual Conference

by Melissa Harding

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Last week,  Melissa Harding presented at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) 2014 conference in Seattle, Washington. Melissa presented with colleagues from the Museum of Science Boston, Providence Children’s Museum and Phoenix Zoo on a panel entitled “Grown-ups Wanted: Inviting Adult Learners into Early Learner Spaces“. The presentation outlined the different ways in which these organizations reach an adult audience with their mission and message while simultaneously engaging young children. Melissa spoke about our Little Sprouts and Move with Me programs, which model techniques and provide resources that caregivers can use to interact with their children in the natural world at home and at Phipps.

The above photo was taken by Cory Doman.

March 18, 2014

Melissa Harding and Amanda Joy Present at Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators 2014 Conference

by Melissa Harding

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Last weekend, both Melissa Harding and Amanda Joy presented at the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators (PAEE) 2014 conference in Ligonier, PA. Melissa presented at the conference on “Changing Behavior Through Creative Reuse: Using “Trash” Materials in Programming”; this presentation focused on how the department repurposes many “trash” materials in programming, from craft projects to program props, and included demonstrations of how to repurpose old T-shirts to make bags and how to turn magazines into butterflies. Amanda presented on “Cute Critters and Crazy Cartoons: Using Human and Animal Characters to Teach Botany”; this presentation focused on how the department uses animals, cartoons and other characters to help children better relate to botany, including demonstrations of our new Habitats and Discovering Biomes school programs.

We would also like to congratulate Melissa on her re-election to the PAEE Board of Directors as Southwest Regional Director. She hopes that her efforts with the board will create more opportunities to support both students and educators in her region.

The above photos were taken by Cory Doman.

April 3, 2013

Melissa Harding Presents at Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators 2013 Conference

by Melissa Harding

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Last month, Melissa Harding, one of our department’s educators, presented at the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators (PAEE) 2013 conference in Bushkill Falls, PA. Speaking about the importance of multi-disciplinary learning in informal learning institutions, Melissa highlighted programming within the department that teaches botanical and conservation knowledge through art, movement and food. She explained how the department’s programming teaches observation skills and scientific thinking, which is vital to the creation of the next generation of scientists and naturalists. She also spoke about how they incorporate the concept of nearby nature; it is always important to understand that nature is everywhere and that everyone is a part of it, even in the city.

We would also like to congratulate Melissa on her acceptance of a position on the PAEE Board of Directors as Southwest Regional Director. She hopes that her efforts with the board will create more opportunities to support both students and educators in her region.

The above photo was taken by Christie Lawry.

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