Virtual education can seem overwhelming, especially for educators who generally spend more time learning to identify insect wings and bird calls. Yet with the rapid advance of technology and the COVID pandemic, learning to take environmental education to the screen has become a necessary skill. Thankfully, many different platforms and resources exist to make this challenge accessible to anyone, at any level of technological experience. Join us for this webinar as we share lessons learned on getting started with video production, saving you time and energy as you navigate your own transition to virtual education.
Presenters: Erin Hines and Chris Goforth
Erin Hines is EENC's President Elect and an Environmental Educator for the Soil and Water Conservation District in Gaston County's Natural Resources Department. Among other educational programs, she leads onsite field trips to help students and teachers connect with the natural world on their school grounds. When the COVID-19 crisis shut down the nation including schools, she transitioned to virtual education through weekly videos demonstrating hands-on activities that continued to connect students and teachers with backyard nature.
Chris Goforth is the EENC Secretary and Head of Citizen Science at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Her role is to coordinate the citizen science program for the Museum and engage all visitors in citizen science through educational programming. A lot of her work is done at the Museum's outdoor facility, Prairie Ridge Ecostation, where she conducts EE centered citizen science training lessons that combine hands-on experience with citizen science project protocols with natural history education. During the pandemic, she shifted her work online, developing a series of weekly instructional videos paired with live Q&A sessions with scientists that focus on how to engage in a variety of citizen science opportunities from home.
About the EENC Webinar SeriesThanks to our amazing donors this spring, EENC is launching a webinar series to help environmental educators continue to build skills as we all negotiate the new normal with COVID-19. Throughout the series, we hope to cover a wide range of topics. Webinars may focus on lesson plans, curricula development, technology and virtual learning, naturalist skills/knowledge, educator self-care or environmental education operations such as communications, strategic planning for your program/department, risk management, or equity and inclusion.
Webinar registration is free and open to anyone to attend, but is limited to 100 participants.
Webinar will qualify for Criteria III and continuing education for NC DEQ EE Certificate.
A recording of the webinar will be sent to attendees afterward. It will also be posted on EENC's members-only page - so if you're an EENC member and not able to attend during the scheduled time, no need to register!
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