Yesterday was a great day at VINS; it was Earth Day! Earth Day was created as a National Teach-In for the environment to bring the attention of politicians, businesses, and the community to environmental issues that were occurring. Earth Day is especially important to VINS because our organization was founded shortly after the very first Earth Day with an emphasis on improving water quality issues in the region and spearheading environmental education and research. Instead of simply writing about Earth Day, its impact, and how VINS has grown along with this movement, I thought I would highlight some online tools that can be used in classrooms. Click on the links below to learn more about the Evolution of Earth Day and VINS and see examples of one of the tools highlighted below.
Creating timelines is a great tool to help students synthesize ideas and event,s and see how an event or series of events, unfolded chronologically. I have used several online timelines with students and tested out some other tools so that I can share them with you.
Please share your feedback regarding these or other online timeline tools and Happy Earth Day!
Mary Ellen Kelly is a former Field Teacher/Naturalist with Mass Audubon. She currently splits her time between Woodstock, VT and New Rochelle, NY, and is the part-time Executive Director of a small nature center in New York.
Michelle Amato is a Science Educator at VINS. She spent eleven years as a middle school science teacher but wanted to spread her passion of environmental education and joined the VINS CEE team. Michelle earned her MEd at Miami University of Ohio and her BS in Middle Childhood Education at Kent State University.
Ben Fletcher is the Communications and Outreach Intern at VINS. He was inspired by VINS mission to assist school-teachers in instilling passion for science in students throughout the Upper Valley community. Ben is excited to facilitate this period in the organization’s growth - as the CEE expands its reach to serve more students and teachers, at more schools throughout the region. Ben has a B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of California Santa Cruz.
Hannah Gelroth is the Director of the Center for Environmental Education at VINS. Hannah has experience teaching a wide range of programs to audiences of all ages and brings her love of the outdoors to her work. She received a MEd through Antioch University New England, a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota- Duluth, and a BS in Biology from Earlham College.