This February (the 2nd through the 5th) the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) brings together Science and Art for three days in Towson, MD.
We have partnered with Goucher College and are offering an expanded selection of workshops and sessions at the College and the Sheraton North Baltimore (in Towson). We anticipate that once again we will have more than 500 participants coming from Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Region.
If you are passionate about art, come and explore one of the focus strands of our conference this year, The Science and Art of Environmental Education.
Our Friday evening Keynote Speaker, will be Greg Mort, a widely recognized American contemporary artist whose unmistakably modern creations have the classic feel of the Dutch Masters juxtaposed with startlingly modern designs. His signature images combine his twin passions for science and nature.
Greg will be with us for three days. Join us for a Pre–K to College juried art show. Connect with the art of stewardship.
“Greg is a master at helping us to see our planet as a gift to be treasured. His Art of Stewardship program highlights the role of the citizen artist – to create more than a concert on a stage, or a framed image on a wall, but to create a call to act – using art – in a way that makes the world better for all.”
John Schratwieser, Executive Director Maryland Citizens for the Arts
You won’t want to miss the Star Party in the Observatory Friday evening with spectacular hors d’eouvres and a winter sky weaving art with nature and astronomy.
On Saturday, Feb 4, Stacy Levy will engage us with a lunchtime Keynote talk that will reveal the natural processes that are present with stormwater. Stacy Levy’s creates art projects that are visual metaphors that to help a wide audience to understand how nature works. She is engaging and phenomenal in art and words.
Stacy has been working with all types of urban water: from illustrating the life forms in puddles to the picturing large scale watersheds. She has been making large outdoor and indoor installations that capture rain, show the wind currents, create bird habitat and explore hydrology.
If you’re interested in film, you will want to attend a visually interactive discussion about Beautiful Swimmers Revisited with the film’s creators Dave Harp and Tom Horton. Or the HHMI BioInteractive film, Some Animals Are More Equal than Others: Keystone Species and Trophic Cascades.
Explore art in nature by attending an off – site Field Experience including Bird Watching, a trip to Arctic at the Baltimore Zoo, American Visionary Arts Museum, Get Fired up at Oregon Ridge Nature Center, or go behind the scenes at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
Explore your inner artist by creating, sessions include: knitting, Pysanky design, wildlife photography or nature collage.
There are 100 workshops over three days so you can Investigate and Create.
The strands for this year’s conference include the following:
• Arts and Environmental Education
• Gadgets and Gizmos
• In Depth Science
• Lessons and Examples from the Field
• Green Maryland Schools
• Natural History
• Capacity Building & Outreach
• Food, Farm, Environment,& School
PLEASE NOTE that you do not have to be a MAEOE member to attend the conference!
The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1985 and has been working in the state since that time to advance an understanding of the natural world and how it functions. MAEOE also coordinates an Environmental Education Certificate program, administers the Maryland Green Schools and Green Centers Program and hosts an annual Youth Summit with over 2500 students attending the program.
Vision: MAEOE seeks to develop a Maryland citizenry that understands and is engaged in responsible environmental behavior and stewardship.
Mission: MAEOE promotes excellence in environmental education by training and supporting Maryland educators.
Please visit maeoe.org for a more detailed description of the conference or to register.
For more information: www.maeoe.org/conference_2017/