2019 Conference Program

ISEA 22nd Annual Conference – “Resiliency, Rebuilding & Risk-Taking

February 20-22, 2019 – Camp Aranzazu

Register to attend today!

The full conference schedule is here
Click here for a copy of the Schedule-at-a-Glance
Wednesday February 20th
  • 1:00pm -5:00pm Registration & Pre-conference Workshops and Activities
  • 5:00pm-10:00pm Welcome Reception, Keynote Presentation & Networking Activities
Thursday February 21st
  • 8:30am-10:00am Welcome & Keynote Speaker
  • 10:00am- 5:00pm Concurrent Sessions
  • 5:00pm- 10:00pm Poster Sessions, Silent and Live Auction & Networking Activities
Friday February 22nd
  • 9:00am- 11:00pm Concurrent Sessions
  • 11:00am- 12:00pm Closing Presentation

Pre Conference Workshop & Activities

Sign up for a pre-conference activity when you register. Participation is limited and they will fill up!

Book Discussion with Carolyn Finney (1pm-3pm at Camp Aranzazu; $5 fee)

Join our keynote speaker Dr. Carolyn Finney for a thought provoking and informative exploration of the experiences, beliefs, history, and understandings of the natural environment for both white and black Americans. Dr. Finney’s most recent book, “Black Faces, White Spaces” takes a look at access, equity and inclusiveness to “the great outdoors” for black Americans and the stories of “future belonging” in these spaces.  Session participants will contribute to discourse, ideas and strategies for engaging people, regardless of differences, in informal and outdoor learning environments and opportunities.

Creating Stewards: A Deep Dive (1pm-4pm at Camp Aranzazu; $5 fee)

Attended last year’s presentation on Planting the Seed of Stewardship and want to learn more? This workshop is for you! If you didn’t attend, but want to know how to create stewards for your site, this session is for you, too! This workshop will focus on helping Informal Educators share information in a way that’s more likely to create stewards at their site using the communication process of Interpretation. We’ll help educators develop methods of presenting information to reinforce the relevancy of their site to their visitor. This presentation will cover an introduction to Interpretation, and demonstrate the significance of using this process to enhance the information we are sharing about the natural world. During the session, participants will get hands-on experience transforming information into interpretation! After attending this session, participants should be able to  foster a stronger connection between their visitors and their resources.

SOLD OUT – Birding Goose Island (1pm-3:30pm at Goose Island State Park; $5 fee)

Join TPWD Regional Interpretive Specialist and experienced local birder Ben Horstmann on a guided birding tour at Goose Island State Park. The tour will take you into Bird Tree State Natural Area in search of wading birds, coastal specialties, and of course, the whooping crane. What makes this tour so special? Big Tree SNA is not typically open to the public, so participants are getting a “behind the scenes tour”, so to speak. We’ll meet at the park head quarters and travel together to our birding location.

Service Project at the Port Aransas Nature Preserve (12pm-4pm at Port Aransas Nature Preserve; $15 fee, includes lunch)

Put your passion for informal education to work at a local “education hotspot” in Port Aransas, Texas! After Hurricane Harvey the Port Aransas Nature Preserve suffered a large amount of damage to its trails, signage and natural spaces. Dedicate an afternoon of sweat and hard work to help the Preserve get back on its feet and back to educating residents and visitors alike. The day will include invasive species removal, lunch, and a chance to get to know your fellow ISEA’ers in a whole new way. Please wear work clothes (closed-toe shoes, long pants, hat) and bring a refillable water bottle, sunblock and bug spray. If you have a pair of favorite work gloves, bring them too! Gloves will be available for those that need them.