I had the pleasure of attending the Environmental Education Association of Alabama (EEAA) Conference at Joe Wheeler State Park. The conference hosted over 100 formal and informal educators from all over Alabama. I interacted with teachers who are trying to connect K-12 students with nature, both inside and outside the classroom. It was a great weekend to network with naturalists, park rangers, science teachers, and more!
Much like the students in classrooms, my favorite part of the conference was the field trip. We were given several options and I chose to attend the “Hike with Mike”. Mike is the Guntersville State Park Naturalist who was raised around Joe Wheeler State Park. As a group of 30 or so, we hiked along Joe Wheeler State Park and identified trees, insects, salamanders, fungi, and more! It was so much fun to interact with my equally nerdy peers and share our excitement for nature, the outdoors, and wildlife. Throughout the weekend, we discussed how to inspire a passion for the environment with people of all ages, as well as various fun and interactive program ideas. As the Education Director of the Anniston Museums and Gardens, I cannot wait to apply the tools and activities I learned to our programming too!
Environmental Education Association of Alabama Conference
Joe Wheeler State Park
February 27-29, 2020
Sarah Burke, Education Director