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Educators Invited to Retreat Entitled "Renew, Reflect, Re-Charge: A Courage to Teach" on August 13-14  This retreat will be held at the Prairie Oaks Institute in Belle Plaine and will provide a quiet, supportive space to re-charge your batteries and renew your sense of calling and purpose. The content is based on the life-changing questions and insights of Parker Palmer's bestselling book The Courage to Teach.  More info

Be a Partner at the 2015 Eco Experience Nature Adventure Play Area  SEEK Partners are invited to be host partners in the Nature Adventure Play Area at the Minnesota State Fair which runs August 27-September 7. Organizations provide 3 volunteers, monitor the space for safety, and educate visitors about opportunities and ideas on how to implement nature adventure play. Volunteers receive free admission, a t-shirt, and the opportunity to distribute a flyer about your organization.  More info

New, FREE DIY Lake Science App for Educators  Plunge into the fun science of lakes, rivers, creeks, and ponds with a new, free DIY app that lets you investigate freshwater ecosystems anywhere you live. Created by the University of California Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science, DIY Lake Science explores Earth's freshwater, and its importance to all life on our planet, in 12 hands-on STEM activities.  More info

Registration is open for the 2015 NAAEE Annual Conference & Research Symposium  The 2015 North American Association for Environmental Education Conference Building a Stronger and More Inclusive Movement will be held October 14-18 in San Diego. This year's conference will explore ways to enrich and expand our work and workforce, along with other strategies for strengthening our field and achieving greater collective impact.  More info

The National Science Teachers Association is Accepting Applications for 2015-2016 New Science Teacher Academy - Deadline: August 15  This professional development initiative was created to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge. It is geared to second through fifth year middle and high school science teachers.  More info

The Rewilding Revolution: Growing Nature Lovers in the Big City  How can both humans and nature thrive? The solution may be "rewilding" - re-seeding with native plants. Although generally used to refer to big-scale conservation efforts to protect, restore, and connect wilderness areas, rewilding is equally applicable to cities and surrounding natural areas.  More info

Minnesota Naturalists' Association (MNA) Conference Presenters Wanted - Application Deadline: August 7  MNA is seeking presenters for the 2015 MNA Conference at Long Lake Conservation Center in Palisade, MN, from November 13-15. This year's theme is Everything Under the Stars and is inspired by the infinite number of topics that pique naturalists' curiosity and celebrates Long Lake's amazing star-viewing skies.  More info

Annual Teachers Conference Changes Name Officially Back to 'MEA'  Education Minnesota is reclaiming Minnesotans' long-held affection for the phrase and renaming its annual professional development conference the Minnesota Educator Academy, or MEA. The 2015 conference will be held October 15-16 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. If your organization offers resources for Minnesota educators, then consider exhibiting at MEA.  More info

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