The 2012 NYSOEA Annual Conference

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Main Conference Registration

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To register via U.S. Mail, click the link below to you may print the registration form:

NYSOEA 2012 Registration form





Besides presenting a workshop, there are many ways for an individual
or organization to be involved in our four day conference.

Please consider one or more of the following:

  • Advertise in the conference booklet
  • Hold a Vendor or Exhibitor Table to showcase your products and services throughout the conference
  • Donate a raffle or auction item
  • Make a tax deductible contribution to sponsor a Speaker, Event, Not-for-Profit Exhibitor, etc.
  • Offer a table activityat one or more of our three, hour-long conference-wide events/receptions
    • Limited tables. Please reserve promptly!
    • See “Special Events” in this Conference section of the website for a brief description of the events.

Click the following link for details about all of the above opportunities
and to download one convenient form:


(at a glance)

(Titles, Days, Times, and Presenters)


(Some Require Pre-Registration)

(Workshops Sorted by “Category”)






An overview of the four day conference



To take advantage of everything we have planned for you,
please take a few minutes to watch this slide show guide to the four day NYSOEA Conference!



Jump down this page for:


Questions? Contact the Conference Committee


Print and post the conference flyer at your
school, organization, public library, or community bulletin board.

Color version

B&W version


Who is this conference for?

. Teachers
. Outdoor Educators
. Naturalists
. College Students
. Administrators
. Home-Schoolers
. Pre-service Teachers
. Scout Leaders
. Anyone who enjoys the outdoors!


What we’re seeking:

. Exhibitors
. Vendors
. Volunteers
. Workshop presenters

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Ramada Plaza Long Island Hotel (formerly Crowne Plaza)

Information & forms to submit for overnight guests.
Dinner & continental breakfast are included for each night reserved.

Register before September 19, 2012 to guarantee a room at the special conference rates.

Join us for any of the conference dinners and evening activities,
even if you are commuting or staying off site.

Use the following form to order one or more dinners.
Please submit form before October 8, 2012.

Other Places to Stay

Keynote Speakers

Jaimie Cloud
Fri, Oct. 19, 2012, 11:30am-12:30pm
Workshop 1:45-3:45pm

Jaimie Cloud is the founder and president of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education. The Cloud Institute’s mission is “to ensure the viability of sustainable communities by leveraging changes in K-12 school systems to prepare young people for the shift toward a sustainable future.” For more information on the Cloud Institute visit or view bio.

Patti Wood
Keynote Speaker
Sat, Oct 20, 2012, 9:00-10:00am
Workshop 10:15-11:15am
Patti Wood is the Executive Director of Grassroots Environmental Education. ”I wake up each morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world.” This musing from author E.B. White can inspire us all. If we don’t know the natural world, why would we want to protect it? As today’s children are more removed than ever from nature, parents and educators must teach the very youngest among us to save and savor our beautiful and fragile planet.

For more information on Grassroots visit or view bio.

Carl Safina
Keynote Speaker Sat, Oct 20, 2012, 1:30-2:30pm
Book Signing 2:30-3:00pm

Carl Safina’s six books include Song for the Blue Ocean, The View From Lazy Point, and A Sea in Flames. He is a MacArthur fellow, Pew fellow, and Guggenheim fellow, and co-chairs the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. Safina’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, Audubon, and other publications. His various laurels include the Lannan Literary Award and the John Burroughs Medal. He is host of Saving the Ocean on PBS television.

For more information visit and or view bio.

Special Events

Janice Buckner ( Buckner Image
Sunday 11am at BNL
Janice Buckner is a nationally known children’s performing artist, songwriter and radio host. She is one of the most heavily booked performers, presenting over 200 shows each year. Janice has toured nationally and internationally, appearing on television and radio, as well as in over 7000 schools and concert halls. Ms. Buckner entertains audiences of all ages with her voice, electric and acoustic guitars, puppets and knowledge of Sign Language for the Deaf. She will perform a song and puppetry concert of “Ecology – Songs of the Earth’s Community” to conclude the NYSOEA 44th annual conference.

Welcome to Long Island Event
Thursday 8-9pm at Ramada Plaza Long Island Hotel**
Join us after dinner for a fun and interactive introduction to Long Island. Investigate a giant floor map of the Island and visit displays sponsored by top environmental organizations with live marine and terrestrial creatures. Participate in a scavenger hunt to test your local knowledge.


NYSOEA’s Got Talent
Thursday ~9pm at Ramada
Plaza Long Island Hotel**

Bring your musical, magical, poetic, or comedic ability to show off your hidden (or not so hidden) talent. This variety show will be a totally impromptu way for you to share whatever you would like. So bring your props and be ready for a lot of fun!


Book Swap
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)

Throughout the NYSOEA conference there will be an ongoing book swap. To refresh your own bookshelf, simply bring your gently used books of any genre. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!


People Scavenger Hunt

Have you ever fallen in skunk cabbage? Or caught a dragonfly? Get to know other conference attendees with a People Scavenger Hunt! With tickets for special raffle prizes as your incentive, try to find people at the conference who have done some of the wacky items on our list!


Friday 5-6pm at BNL

A casual hors d’oeuvres and wine reception to learn about STEM-related programs and activities! Exhibitors will be challenging participants to complete STEM activities to qualify for a special raffle prize. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas with other attendees!


Live Music with County Line
Friday ~9pm at Ramada Plaza Long Island Hotel**

As a dance-centric band, County Line is a hybrid between a traditional live Country Music band and a Country Music DJ. From Abilene to Zjozzys Funk, they learn the songs for the dances you love and balance their set to provide you the greatest variety of dances. This allows CountyLine to play the country music you love to dance to all night long!



Author’s & Artist’s Corner
Saturday 5-6pm at BNL

Join us for this casual wine & cheese reception to meet these Authors and Artists. Find out about all the amazing ways to incorporate their books, artwork, photographs, music into the education process….directly from the Authors and Artists themselves!


Silent Auctions*
Friday and Saturday at BNL

As you move from workshop to workshop, you will have an on-going opportunity to write in bids for silent auction items donated by conference attendees and supporters. Bidding will begin each morning on items such as shirts & books, handmade jewelry & crafts, and teaching props. During our conference-wide receptions and special events at BNL (5-6 PM on Friday and Saturday), you will have one last chance to up your bid before bidding officially closes at 5:30. Auction profits support the NYSOEA endowment fund.


Live Auction*
Saturday 8pm at Ramada Plaza Long Island Hotel

Large and small items will go on the auction block in this lively event. Bid high and often to support the NYSOEA endowment fund (and take away some exciting items). Cash and Credit accepted. All welcome – Bring friends and family! As this event winds down, karaoke will be underway in the Hotel Restaurant.


Throughout Conference

Purchase raffle tickets throughout the conference for your chance to win great prizes (yet to be determined). Drawings will be held after the live auction, Saturday night. Raffle profits support the NYS Outdoor Education Association.

* To donate items to the silent auction, live auction, or raffle, please download and mail the Ad/Tabler/Sponsor Form.

Bring items with you to the conference registration table immediately upon your arrival, for timely sorting and processing. Receipts can be given at that time. (We appreciate advanced written notice of donated items. However, small silent auction items can be “registered” upon arrival at the conference.) Thank you in advance.

**Formerly Crowne Plaza Long Island Hotel


About the conference theme


June 2012: Conference Kick-off! On Saturday June 30th at Caleb Smith State Park in Smithtown, (Long Island) Eric Powers, of YOUR CONNECTION TO NATURE and NYSOEA 2012 Conference Co-Chair will host the annual Bobwhite Quail Release Event and the unofficial NYSOEA 2012 Long Island Conference Kick-off! 9:30-10:30am. Join us in celebrating the very best in Environmental Education with this community conservation project: The Quail Release is a culminating event which is open to the public, including participating teachers and students with their families, and anyone else interested in Outdoor and Environmental Education Programs and Projects. What better way to highlight the NYSOEA 2012 Conference than with students helping to restore the balance of nature in a local park in an effort to reduce the tick population. For more info or flyer:

June 2012: Hotel Reservation Forms for the Crowne Plaza Long Island Hotel in
Holtsville (our official conference hotel) are on the website.

June 2012: Watch for camping and other alternative lodging options.

June 2012: Vendor/Exhibitor/Tabler/Donation form is available.

May 2012: Educators can now register through MY LEARNING PLAN.

May 2012: Remember: NYSOEA Award Nominations are due July 31. Award descriptions
and instructions for nominating a deserving person are on the website.

March 2012

  • The STEM EXPO will occur during a conference-wide one-hour reception at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Friday, October 19, from 5-6 PM, as workshops come to an end for the day. Individuals and agencies will showcase their STEM-related programs and engage attendees in a short indoor activity (5-10 min long). Attendees will be challenged to participate in as many activities as possible during this one-hour event, in order to have their names entered into a special STEM EXPO raffle. If you would like to offer a STEM EXPO activity, please contact the conference committee via this website.
  • Workshop Proposals are under review and many have been approved!

February, 2012

  • “Pre-Conference” Workshops for Thursday October 18th:
    Several to choose from along Long Island’s scenic north shore – including:
  • Canoeing and a discovery cruise, with lunch-on-your-own options in historic, quaint towns.
  • An afternoon at world famous Jones Beach on the south shore.
  • A museum that features the history of aviation and a state of the art digital planetarium show.
  • A shuttle bus will provide transportation between Brookhaven National Lab and the Crowne Plaza Hotel (after breakfast and before dinner). Transportation will be provided to some field trips, too.
  • There are 125 school districts on Long Island. The conference committee, working through the local BOCES, is inviting every one of those districts to the NYSOEA 44th Annual Conference to learn about the amazing outdoor education resources on Long Island and around the state. Have you invited your own local district? Let us know if you need assistance!
  • While at Brookhaven National Lab, lunch can be purchased daily at the cafeteria on site. As an alternative, some field trips may provide lunch (for a fee) at scenic locations. (Note: Lunch is not included in the hotel fee)
  • Some of the Sunday morning workshops and entertainment will be designed to include children and will be open to attendees and their families.
  • Ramada Plaza Long Island Hotel(formerly Crowne Plaza), our host hotel, offers karaoke on Saturday night for post-live-auction fun.

January, 2012

  • January is Workshop Proposal Month! Please submit yours today!
  • Keynote Speaker, Carl Safina, has released a new book The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World.
  • Keynote Speaker, Jaimie Cloud, was interviewed on January 4th on Progressive Radio Network by Bhavani Jaroff of ieatgreen. Scroll down to “Archives” and choose 1-4-12. The interview begins at 13:10

December, 2011

  • Inspiration for workshop content was sent to the membership and is on the website.
  • Keynote Speaker, Patti Wood, Executive Director of Grassroots Environmental, contributed to the passing of historic 2011 legislation, the first of its kind in the nation, which prohibits the use of chemical pesticides on open spaces and playing fields at all schools, public and private, from kindergarten through 12th grade, and daycare centers.
  • Brookhaven National Lab has travel information on its website. Links are provided for driving directions, Long Island Railroad, ferries, plane, etc.
  • We will begin activities at 9AM at BNL on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. (Some pre-breakfast activities may start earlier at BNL!)

November, 2011

  • The Ramada Plaza Long Island Hotel(formerly Crowne Plaza) in Holtsville will house our guests, and provide breakfast and dinner.
  • Lunch will be “on your own” and conveniently available in our main conference building which houses the Brookhaven National Lab cafeteria. (M-F 7:30-2:30, Sat- Sun 7:30-2:00)

October, 2011

  • Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) will be our host site.
  • Ramada Plaza Long Island Hotel(formerly Crowne Plaza) in Holtsville will be our host hotel.
  • Jolene Thompson (DEC), Eric Powers (Your Connection to Nature), and Mary Miller will co-chair the 44th Annual Conference.




2 comments for “The 2012 NYSOEA Annual Conference

  1. Jonathan Duda
    July 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Hi Darleen,

    Did anyone respond to you yet? If not, you may send them directly to me and I will input them.

    I would say send them in batches once every week or two. You can send them to my home address: Jonathan Duda, 241 Hansen Ave. Albany, NY 12208


  2. Darleen Lieber
    July 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Where am I supposed to send the conference registrations I receive at the main office?

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