VINS Co-Chairs New England Enviromental Education Alliance 38th Annual Conference

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VINS Co-Chairs New England Enviromental Education Alliance 38th Annual Conference

Tue, 07/13/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) will play
a
key role in this year's New England Environmental Education Alliance
(NEEEA) Conference October 15-17, 2004 to be held at the beautiful Bread
Loaf Campus of M i ddlebury College in Ripton, VT. Marcia Whitney, VINS
Director of Statewide Education, is co-chair of the conference and
chairs the Fundraising/Sponsorship Committee and Lisa Purcell, VINS ELF
Program Director, chairs its Field Trip Committee. Other VINS staff serve
on committees as well.
This year's conference theme is "Opening Doors: Collaboration Strengthens
Our Voice to Build Sustainable Communities". The conference is co-hosted
by Vermont SWEEP (State-wide Environmental Education Programs) and
Middlebury College. Keynote speakers include Mayor Peter Clavelle of
Burlington, community leaders, city decision makers, educators and youth
as they share Burlington's story of creating a sustainable city. The
three-day event will also feature seven different field trips such as
exploring Lake Champlain, learning about cold region environments, and
visiting a sustainable agriculture farm; 40 different educational
workshops; entertainment; food; and a silent auction. The conference is
open to environmental organizations, teachers and schools, outdoor
educators, museums, farm & forest centers, nature centers, youth leaders,
parents, and anyone else interested in environmental education.
For a
complete conference brochure, go to http://www.vermontsweep.org.
Registration is due by September 28th.
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is a non-profit, member-supported
organization headquartered in Woodstock, Vermont, with regional offices in
Montpelier, Manchester, and Quechee. VINS' educational programs serve
more than 80,000 adults and 72,000 students each year, making it the
largest environmental educator in the State of Vermont. They have long
been a leading research center for the study of migratory songbirds,
common loons, peregrine falcons, and other threatened or endangered
species. VINS' wildlife services department has treated and released
thousands of injured wild birds of all species since their inception in
1972. For more information, please visit their website at
wwww.vinsweb.org or contact them at (802) 457-2779.