March 30, 2015

Touch of Nature to host environmental forum

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Environmental educators, students and others with an interest in learning more about the world around them will participate in the Environmental Education Association of Illinois annual meeting and conference at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center April 9-11. 

“Bridging Gaps Under Southern Skies” is the theme of the 2015 conference. Topics include climate change, the Great Lakes, streams, getting to know the world through media, hands-on environmental learning, leaving no trace behind and much more. The conference begins with check-in at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 9, and continues through 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 11.  

The conference features guest speakers, field trips, and a number of exhibitors sharing resources, services and products. Participants can enjoy networking, a silent auction, a fun run/hike, canoeing and a bonfire on Little Grassy Lake, a wildflower hike in Giant City State Park, a visit to the Piney Creek Ravine State Natural Area, and various other learning and experiential activities. 

The Environmental Education Association of Illinois (EEAI) is a group created to educate people of all ages about the importance of understanding and protecting the environment. The annual conference serves as a tool to accomplish that goal as it brings together students and educators to a scenic location for a complete learning experience. 

Registration details and forms are available online at

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