EEAI Conference

The 44th annual conference of the Environmental Education Association of Indiana was held at McMillen Camp north of Fort Wayne this past weekend.  It was a huge success and administered ably by co-leaders Krista Daniels and Tom Enright.  Tom never did make it to the conference.  As he put it, “I wish I could have been there, but God had other plans.”

Co-leader Krista Daniels

Co-leader Krista Daniels

Tom Enright & family with tiny new baby

Tom Enright & family with tiny new baby

Conference committee members showed up the night before to set up and eat chili cooked over a campfire.

Conference committee members showed up the night before to set up and eat chili cooked over a campfire.

We had a crazy fire to get us in the mood for the upcoming onslaught of environmental educators.

We had a crazy fire to get us in the mood for the upcoming onslaught of environmental educators.

Lots of great sessions

Lots of great sessions

Paul Steury, Education Coordinator for K-12 Programs at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center gave a very Hopeful keynote speech.

Paul Steury, Education Coordinator for K-12 Programs at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center gave a very “Hopeful” keynote speech.

Sean Hayes, Community Outreach Coordinator at Oberlin College, gave an inspiring keynote speech about the ultra-sustainable work that is happening at Oberlin College.

Sean Hayes, Community Outreach Coordinator at Oberlin College, gave an inspiring keynote speech about the ultra-sustainable work that is happening at Oberlin College.

Paul Steury with the Saturday night presenters - Scott Russell Sanders and Carrie Newcomer. They presented a beautiful collaboration of Carrie's songs with Scott's readings to inspire the group to greater things.

Paul Steury with the Saturday night presenters – Scott Russell Sanders and Carrie Newcomer.
They presented a beautiful collaboration of Carrie’s songs with Scott’s readings to inspire the group to greater things.

The Ethos bus is a travelling environmental learning center from Elkhart

The Ethos bus is a travelling environmental learning center from Elkhart

Inside the Ethos bus shows several stations where children and adults can do investigations into nature and science.

Inside the Ethos bus shows several stations where children and adults can do investigations into nature and science.

A canoe trip is always one of the field trip options.

A canoe trip is always one of the field trip options.

Matt Jones led the history tour of Fort Wayne!

Matt Jones led the history tour of Fort Wayne!

You gotta have great food to keep people going. Timmy's Pizza & BBQ in Garrett went to great lengths to add vegetarian and breakfast options to their normal cuisine.

You gotta have great food to keep people going.
Timmy’s Pizza & BBQ in Garrett went to great lengths to add vegetarian and breakfast options to their normal cuisine.

Shaggy Mane's were abundant

Shaggy Mane’s were abundant

A little free time allowed the photographers a chance to get out and do there thing. Bethany is working on a tremendous Chicken of the Woods fungus.

A little free time allowed the photographers a chance to get out and do their thing.
Bethany is working on a tremendous Chicken of the Woods fungus.

Cheryl poses for a budding young photographer.

Cheryl poses for a budding young photographer.

What conference is complete without a zip line. Ann seems to agree!

What conference is complete without a zip line.
Ann seems to agree!

Holly and her mom, Sarah, race to the top of the climbing rock.

Holly and her mom, Sarah, race to the top of the climbing rock.

Lots of great display. Natalie Haley with the Allen County Parks display.

Lots of great displays.
Natalie Haley with the Allen County Parks display.

An awesome bookstore from Merry Lea. Maria Tice showing the new "Teaching Green" series from Green Teacher.

An awesome bookstore from Merry Lea.
Maria Tice showing the new “Teaching Green” series from Green Teacher.

Conferences can be exhausting!

Conferences can be exhausting!

All still happy at the end of the conference!

All still happy at the end of the conference!

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