Thursday, May 9th, 2013, 4:30-5:30 Central Time. Earth Partnership Teacher Share Fair Presentations (2 hours). This Webinar invites teachers to present about their restoration projects and other outdoor learning experiences. Four educators will present for about 10 minutes each (including a Q&A session). This is an opportunity to learn from each other and receive positive feedback for all the good work we do for youth and the environment. Each presenter will earn 5 hours of course credit-hour time.

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Connie Allen teaches a combined second and third grade class at Crestwood Elementary Schoolin Madison, Wisconsin. She has participated in many outdoor activities with her students such as tapping maple trees, planting school gardens, raising monarch butterflies and visiting the nearby woods, ponds and prairie. She is also a member of the school's outdoor education committee, which provides lessons, materials and volunteers to help classroom teachers implement outdoor lessons and projects. Crestwood currently has several gardens, a well-maintained woodlands area, and a new apple orchard due to the efforts of the outdoor education committee.
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Alice Goumas is a first grade teacher at Old Trail School near Akron in Bath, Ohio. She is a passionate gardener with Green Gardener certification from the Cleveland Botanical Garden, and she grows most of her own food. She is also in the process of completing a Naturalist Certification from The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She completed an Edible Schoolyard conference in June 2012 and started Edible Education First Grade which includes monthly growing and cooking activities such as tapping maple trees and making maple sugar. She has a summer camp at Old Trail School entitled "Plant to Eat" where students plant and grow food for a fall picnic in which they harvest and eat their own produce. She has also completed a class on willow weaving and made a living willow tunnel and two living willow chairs on campus

Matthew Bendig, Loretta Miller, and Kitty Maloney teach near Erie, Pennsylvania in the Ripley (NY) and North East (PA) school districts. Matthew and Loretta are special education teachers at Ripley Central School. Kitty is a substitute teacher/volunteer in the North East School Districtand partner at Brett Maloney Landscaping, LLC. The three teachers formed a team for an Earth Partnership Summer 2012 Institute that they took in Erie. Later that summer, they helped develop a No Mow Zone/Butterfly Garden on the North East School District Campus. Matthew is involved with the Scouts, and Loretta and Kitty are members of North East in Bloom, an organization that promotes the natural beauty of the area.
L-R: Matthew, Kitty, and Loretta

Anne Schoeffler taught graduate students at George Mason University and then reset her sights on environmental education for youth. That experience, together with many years of leading Girl Scout troops, led her into the middle school classroom at Seton Catholic Schoolin Hudson, Ohio. There Dr. Schoeffler has been teaching sixth-eighth grade general science for ten years; she tries to get students outside whenever possible. She and her colleagues offer numerous outdoor learning experiences for students, including an environmental education camp in the spring, an annual stream assessment field experience, and invasive species removal projects in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.