Arizona Educators Gather In The White Mountains

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Payson Area Educators are invited to attend the annual conference of the Arizona Association for Environmental Education (AAEE), October 15-17, 2004, in the White Mountains for a discounted registration fee.

The theme of this 23rd annual conference is Back to Basics: Learning in and about Arizona's Environment. More than 20 workshops, field trips, and excursions will be presented by many of Arizona's top natural history and outreach education experts.

The conference offers a unique opportunity for formal and non-formal educators and interpreters to learn and interact with professional environmental educators.

Located this year at Camp Tontozona, situated below the Mogollon Rim east of Payson, this ecology retreat offers beautiful settings for outdoor hands-on, minds-on activities focused on Arizona and Arizona environmental issues.

Classroom-ready, hands-on activities aligned with newly adopted Arizona State Science Standards will be presented. Re-certification credits can be obtained. Topics include: Expeditionary Learning on Forests: Fire and Reclamation, Fossils, and Wildlife; Sessions on Earth, Life and Energy Education; Map and Compass Training; Archery and Aquatic Education for Schools.

Special full-day Friday workshops include: Sharing Nature with Children, based on the work of Joseph Corneln; Energy and Society, a Project Learning Tree Workshop, and Healthy Water, Healthy People presented by Arizona Project WET. In each of the full-day workshops participants will receive curriculum books and materials. Specialists from the Apache-Sitgreaves Forest will lead a tour of the Rodeo-Chediski Fire Area to examine the restoration dynamics of forest ecosystems coming back from a devastating fire.

Camp Tontozona , owned and operated by ASU, is about ninety minutes north of Phoenix and 17 miles east of Payson on Highway 260. Nestled among the pines and oaks of the Tonto National Forest, participants will be treated to star-gazing with an astronomer, singing, networking, and recharging in one of Arizona's premier natural settings.

Payson teachers can attend a full day (Friday or Saturday) at the special discounted rate of $50. As a bonus all registered participants will receive a one-year membership to AAEE.

AAEE is a nonprofit organization working to advance the quality of EE programs in Arizona, and to promote environmental literacy among its citizens.

For more information or to register, call 520-319-1741 or go to the website at www.arizonaee.org. Scholarship information is also available on the website.

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