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Please see the announcement below about the 19th Annual Fall 2008
Conference of the Michigan Alliance for Environmental & Outdoor Education,
and pass the message on to anyone you know that may be interested in
advancing EE in Michigan.  Conference information and registration
materials are now posted on our website:  www.michiganenvironmentaled.org.


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Plan now to attend this year's Michigan Alliance of Environmental and
Outdoor Education (MAEOE) annual conference scheduled for Friday-Sunday,
October 10-12, at Camp Rotary, near Clare, Michigan. This year's
conference theme is "Experiential Learning" and builds upon the "No Child
Left Inside" movement. A diverse array of sessions is planned to inspire
participants to get students outside year-round!

For those interested in strengthening their outdoor skills and obtaining a
MAEOE Experiential Education Certificate, a special pre-conference
workshop will be offered from 8 AM ? 5 PM on Friday, October 10.  This
day-long program will include lake ecology, water sports, outdoor
survival, Archery in the Schools, cooperative learning in the outdoors,
and orienteering.

The Friday evening program will feature MAEOE members and longtime
environmental educators, Wil and Sarah Redding.  They will share their
experiences as they retraced the steps of John Muir, recounting
interactions with people along their trek.

Saturday will include break-out sessions and a panel discussion focusing
on state and national actions to address the new No Child Left Inside
initiative, including Michigan's newly formed coalition. Session
highlights include:  Art & Science of Wildlife Tracking, Bird-watching in
the classroom; Energy Education; Watershed Education Partnership Projects;
Geo-caching; Nature drawing; Wildlife furs; Salmon In the Classroom;
Children's Nature Network, and much, much more.  See the complete
conference program online at: www.michiganenvironmentaled.org/.

SB-CEUs (free) and one university credit (additional cost) from Northern
Michigan University are available for teachers who attend the entire
conference. Credit registration will be on-site.

There will be time for FUN and relaxation, too! Camp Rotary is located in
the central part of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, about 90 miles north of
Lansing on old US 127 northeast of Clare, and 90 miles south of the
Mackinac Bridge.  It has one of Michigan's clearest spring-fed lakes,
along with scenic rolling hills and fragrant pine forests, making it a
beautiful site for retreats and conferences.  Camp Rotary encompasses
1,100 acres, including miles of hiking and biking trails (bring your
bike!). Participants will stay in the camp's new lodge and lakeside
cabins, both with bunk beds.  Camp Rotary is a Drug/Alcohol Free Zone.
Directions at: http://www.lhacbsa.org/CampRotary/

Early registration deadline is September 26 to receive the registration
package price of $100 for members, $150 for non members, and $80 for
university students which includes 2 nights/5 meals from dinner Friday
through Sunday breakfast (alternate registration packages are also
available). There is an additional $25 fee for the full-day of
pre-conference activities on Friday, October 10, including the ropes
course, zip line, and tower supervision. Registration fees and forms are
online.

Student Scholarships are available on a competitive basis for students
currently pursuing degrees in formal or non-formal environmental and
outdoor education. Teacher Scholarships or Stipends may be available for
formal, in-school teachers. Preferences will be given to educators who are
new to MAEOE or attending a MAEOE Fall Conference for the first time. For
more information and an application for teacher scholarships or stipends,
and student scholarships contact: Wendy Cheek at wcheek@allcom.net  or
616-688-5172 before September 26th.

For further information and registration forms:
www.michiganenvironmentaled.org/ or contact Bruce Patterson, MAEOE
Conference Coordinator by email at patte1bo@cmich.edu or phone
989-386-3328.

The Michigan Alliance for Environmental & Outdoor Education (MAEOE) serves
as the statewide network and advocate for professionals who are educating
Michigan students and citizens towards environmental literacy,
stewardship, and outdoor education.
www.michiganenvironmentaled.org

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