Young Environmental Stewards Summer Conference
This weeklong virtual conference will challenge you to discover the place you call home, “who” shares the outdoor space with you, how eco-healthy is your “neighborhood”, and what can you do to become an #environmentalinfluencer? Using the Eco-Challenge as a launching pad, and Canvas as our on-line platform, we will combine real-time & on-your-own time learning and doing. The program is designed to allow you to work at a comfortable pace, but gain valuable skills and experience.
You’ll spend the week exploring the connections between you and your space. Each day, we will begin by exploring a specific topic as a group in a short remote session. You’ll then follow this up on your own later that day, pursuing an outdoor exploration. That’s right, you will still have the opportunity to “get in the field” with this conference! Instead of exploring our backyard and the Chester River, we will help you explore your own neighborhood and local waterways. If you don’t have access to one, we can help you find one that is accessible, or even make a river in a bottle. We’ll provide you with various tools and instruments that you’ll need to undertake these investigations. You will also be able to choose your own adventure and explore one of the four opportunities below:
- Where do I live? What’s my Watershed?
- How’s my neighborhood doing? Ecosystem Health and Eco-conscious land use.
- Who shares this space with me? Biodiversity of the watershed with One Small Square of Backyard.
- What lies beneath my local waterway? Using technology, Aquabotz, to explore the bottoms.
- Choose your own adventure! Which topic is most interesting in your understanding of your place?
- Social Science & Environmentalism: Environmental Justice
- Mapping out the Stories of home: Story Mapping GIS
- History of my place & its people: Archaeology
- Save the World—well at least do my part: Environmental Stewardship in Action
What do these modules involve, and how will they come together?
FIELD WORK AND OUTDOOR EXPLORATION
You’ll spend the week exploring the connections between you and your space. Each day, we will begin by exploring a specific topic as a group in a short remote session. You’ll then follow this up on your own later that day, pursuing an outdoor exploration. That’s right, you will still have the opportunity to “get in the field” with this conference! Instead of exploring our backyard and the Chester River, we will help you explore your own neighborhood and local waterways. If you don’t have access to one, we can help you find one that is accessible or even make a river in a bottle. We’ll even provide you with various tools and instruments that you’ll need to undertake these investigations.
After each of these explorations, we will gather as a group and discuss your discoveries. That will lead us to the next phase of investigation, discussing another topic as a group and then pursuing it individually. Some of these explorations may be done in small teams, linking you with one or two team-mates for a joint investigation.
Toward the end of the program, we will look for common themes and links. We will develop a joint statement on how we value our own neighborhoods and environments and what we can do to protect them. Finally, we’ll look at how the skills and knowledge you have gained might help you in applying to college or in the work world.
As a conference participant, you will receive a kit of tools to help you accomplish the outdoor exploration components of the conference. This kit will include: Aquabotz, Binoculars, Nature Journal, activities, and of course, a t-shirt & Washington College Swag!
A deposit of $150 will ensure that your kit is sent straight to your door, with a prepaid return label. After the conclusion of the conference, we will refund your deposit as soon as your kit is returned. Once you register for the conference, we will be in contact about the best way to get you the tool kit!
Fees and Deadlines
Program Fee: $200 – scholarships available, more information provided in the application
Refundable Deposit: $150
If you decide you would like to apply and enroll at Washington College, you will receive a $1,000 Engagement Credit towards your Financial Aid package.
June 1: Scholarship Application Submission Deadline
June 15: Scholarship Notification Deadline
June 26: Conference Registration Deadline
The 2020 Conference will be July 13-20!
Scholarship Application Submission Deadline:
June 1, 2020
*notification of scholarship awards will be June 15, 2020
Conference Registration Deadline:
June 26, 2020
The cost of the program is $200
an additional $150 refundable deposit is required for the kit
All proceeds are used solely to benefit the operation of the Young Environmental Stewards Conference and all associated programs.
For questions regarding cost and registration, please contact Jemima Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register for the conference, please visit washcoll.edu/YESC.