Discover new ways to engage and motivate youth of all ages at the 19th annual Black Swamp Educators Extravaganza (BSEE). This event offers educators, volunteers, informal educators or anyone interested an opportunity to explore various areas of environmental education with hands-on and minds-on activities. The BSEE is presented by the Northwest Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
This year, BSEE will offer training in “Soil – the Root of It All” with sessions on Rocks, Under Ohio: The Story of Ohio’s Rocks and Fossils, Blue Creek Tour & Soil Pit, Fossil Fest, Soil Test Kits, Making Your Own Potting Mix, Raku, NPK Bracelets, Cereal-ious Soil Profiles, Model of Good Soil Activity, Color Me a Watershed/Wetland Soils, Geologic Time – Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?, Erosion Demonstration, Target – Splash Erosion, and Macros Gone WILD! Take a 3-hour cruise down the Maumee River to see the new Veteran’s Glass City Skyway Bridge, Toledo’s busy port, the shipyard, and the dry-docks along with viewing the sediments in the river and see the results of the dredging operation in the river, harbor, and bay.
In addition there will be a variety of water quality experts to help us better understand the water quality issues facing Lake Erie. Most sessions include take-home curriculums, handouts, and visual aids.
Attendees leave the Extravaganza motivated and equipped to implement new ideas in their classrooms, youth groups, or home.
The BSEE will be held June 16th, 17th, and 18th, 2015, at the 577 Foundation in Perrysburg, Ohio. Attendees can attend all three days for $125.00 or may choose individual days at a cost of $60.00 per day. Fee includes meals, refreshments, and all workshop materials. Register for three days before May 8 and save $10.00. Local credits may be available through your LPDC. You will be presented with a certificate verifying your attendance and the number of contact hours. Please call Loretta Hayek at the Williams SWCD Office at 419-636-9395 Ext 3, for more information and a brochure.