July 11th, 2014 Bob
The launch of the Climate Science Students Bill of Rights!
NCSE is pleased to announce the launch of the Climate Science Students Bill of Rights, which articulates the principle that all students deserve the best climate science education available as part of a 21st-century science education. Sponsoring the bill of rights along with NCSE are Climate Parents, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Alliance for Climate Education.
In a July 10, 2014, press release, the four organizations explained that they plan to “work across the country to bring together parents, students, teachers, administrators, and concerned citizens to support high-quality climate science education and speak out about attacks on efforts to improve it.”
Such attacks have occurred across the country at both the local and state level. The most recent attack at the state level was in Wyoming, where, as NCSE previously reported, the state legislature adopted a budget derailing the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards because of concern about the NGSS’s inclusion of climate change.
NCSE’s Mark McCaffrey commented, “students have a right to learn about the causes, effects, risks, and possible responses to climate change, but unfortunately, some vested interests are intent on perpetuating doubt, denial, and confusion about the connection between human consumption of fossil fuels for energy and the changing climate.”
Yet McCaffrey was optimistic: “Working together, we can make sure that young people have the knowledge and know-how they will need to make informed decisions about these vital issues.” The text of the Climate Science Students Bill of Rights, along with a form allowing people to indicate their support and to register to receive updates, is available on NCSE’s website.
For the Climate Science Students Bill of Rights, visit:
For NCSE’s previous coverage of events in Wyoming, visit:
And for NCSE’s resources on climate science and climate education, visit:
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
420 40th Street, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94609-2509
July 7th, 2014 Bob
This workshop provides insight into the framework and professional development that supports successful implementation of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science. Understanding the vision for science education described in A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core is essential to understanding the shifts in the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science.
This three-day workshop being held, July 21-23rd, is specifically designed for curriculum coordinators, science department chairs, science teacher leaders and professional development providers of science education. Participants will walk away with presentation materials that can be utilized to provide professional development to other science educators. If you have the ability to share the learning experiences and resources that will be provided at this workshop with other teachers in your district, please sign up today!
The workshop is free to participants. However lodging and travel are the responsibility of the participant or sending district.
Only register if you can attend all three days as each day builds on the previous day. Register at: http://osdeofficeofinstructionevents.eventbrite.com?s=26556733
Francis Tuttle Career Technology Center Rockwell Campus
12777 N. Rockwell Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73142
Zone A, Room A1011
Workshop Dates and Time:
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lunch on your own noon-1:00 pm
Brett Moulding, Director, Utah Partnership for Effective Science Teaching and Learning
Brett Moulding is currently the Director of the Utah Partnership for Effective Science Teaching and Learning. He is a former member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Science Education and a member of the National Research Council (NRC) Committee that developed A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core. He also serves on the NAEP Science Standing Committee. Moulding was the Utah State science education specialist and coordinator of curriculum from 1993 to 2004 and then director of curriculum and instruction before leaving the Utah State Office of Education in 2008. Moulding taught chemistry for 20 years at Roy High School in the Weber School District and served as the district teacher leader for eight years. He also served on the Board at the Triangle Coalition and the NAEP 2009 Framework Committee, and was the president of the Council of State Science Supervisors from 2003 to 2006. Moulding has received the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and the Award of Excellence from the Governor’s Science and Technology Commission. Moulding graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Chemistry with minors in Biology, Math, and Physics. He has a MEd from Weber State University and an Administrative Supervisory Certificate from Utah State University.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
July 3rd, 2014 Bob
President’s Prizes for Outstanding Achievement in Primary and Secondary Education
These awards Funded by ESA, recognizes educators who have gone beyond the traditional teaching methods by using insects as educational tools. One winner will be chosen from among primary teachers (grades K-6) and one from among secondary teachers (grades 7-12). The recipients will receive:
- A $400 donation made payable to the winner’s school to purchase teaching materials required to expand the use of insects in the teaching curriculum;
- A $400 award paid directly to the winner for expenses associated with travel required to present a paper or poster on the use of insects in primary or secondary educational programs at a peer professional venue of their choosing;
- Gratis registration to attend ESA’s Annual Meeting; and
- An $800 award paid directly to the winner for expenses associated with travel, hotel arrangements, and all other costs associated with attending the ESA Annual Meeting.
These annual awards are presented at the ESA Annual Meeting. Teachers who win this award must be available to present a lesson plan at a symposium during the ESA Annual Meeting.
Membership in ESA is not required. Also, a separate nominator is not required; applicants may nominate themselves.
Please click here to see a list of those who have previously received this award.
Application/nomination packages must be received by the awards administrator by July 16.
To learn more about the Electronic Submission Requirements, click here.
For questions about this award, please click here
June 27th, 2014 Bob
“WHAT ARE THEY TEACHING YOUR KIDS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING?”
“What are they teaching your kids about global warming?” asked National Journal (June 26, 2014). The answer is provided by “a patchwork of climate instruction guidelines that largely leaves teachers to their own devices, facilitating massive disparities in global-warming education from school to school and state to state.” “There’s a lot of variability in how this is taught right now,” NCSE’s Minda Berbeco explained. “What’s really troubling is a lot of students are not receiving accurate scientific information.”
State science standards in Georgia and West Virginia, and statutes in Louisiana and Tennessee, encourage teachers to promote climate change denial. And opposition to the Next Generation Science Standards—so far adopted in eleven states, California, Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, plus the District of Columbia—often centers on their treatment of climate science. Such opposition derailed the adoption of the NGSS in Wyoming.
Even in the absence of explicit policies or overt pressure to promote climate change denial or downplay climate change, teachers are leery of experiencing a backlash. One teacher told National Journal, “I stay out of the process because when I first started teaching this I was labeled an evangelist. I have a kid of my own, and I have a job to keep.” The article clearly, and correctly, states that “[n]inety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that global warming is underway and human activity is the primary cause” and “[s]cientists insist that teaching the controversy—and not the consensus—is a dereliction of duty and a propagation of falsehood.”
For the story in National Journal, visit: http://ncse.com/news/2014/06/what-are-they-teaching-your-kids-global-warming-0015710
And for NCSE’s resources on climate science and climate education, visit: http://ncse.com/climate
NGSS IN US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
“Political debates surrounding climate change and creationism are now making their way into America’s schools, as more states are deciding whether to adopt or reject new common science standards”—the Next Generation Science Standards—“that put a greater emphasis on controversial topics like global warming and evolution,” according to US News and World Report (June 20, 2014).
Eleven states—California, Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington—and the District of Columbia have already adopted the the Next Generation Science Standards. But, as the story observes, “Critics of the standards have said they do not present the issue of human influence in global warming objectively and do not consider ‘all sides’ when discussing evolution.”
In 2014, as NCSE previously reported, the Wyoming legislature blocked the adoption of the NGSS because of concerns about their treatment of climate science. Although Oklahoma’s new state science standards are not identical to the NGSS, there were legislative efforts to block their adoption; these were ultimately unsuccessful, however, and the governor approved the new standards on June 19, 2014.
As for evolution, the story reports, “A group that opposes the NGSS also filed a lawsuit last September in Kansas — one of the states that has already adopted the science standards — claiming the standards promote atheism and are therefore unconstitutional for violating the separation of church and state.” Documents from the ongoing case, COPE et al. v. Kansas State Board of Education et al., are available on NCSE’s website.
Supporting the NGSS nationally are the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the National Science Teachers Association. There is also widespread support for the standards at the state level. In Wyoming, for example, the Wyoming Association of Churches and a group of current and former educators at the University of Wyoming have both recently issued statements in their favor.
Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” a member of NCSE’s Advisory Council, told US News and World Report that the NGSS “are great, they’re fine” as they stand. Having recently engaged in highly publicized debates over evolution and climate change, Nye described those who reject the NGSS on account of their treatments of those topics as “outside of the mainstream of scientific thought.”
For the story in US News and World Report, visit: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/06/20/how-the-climate-change-debate-is-influencing-whats-taught-in-schools
For documents from COPE et al. v. Kansas State Board of Education et al., visit: http://ncse.com/legal/cope-v-kansas-state-boe
And for NCSE’s coverage of previous events in Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Kansas, visit: http://ncse.com/news/wyoming http://ncse.com/news/oklahoma http://ncse.com/news/kansas
OKLAHOMA SCIENCE STANDARDS ADOPTED
On June 19, 2014, Oklahoma’s governor Mary Fallin approved the state’s adoption of a new set of science standards, according to US News & World Report (June 20, 2014), despite the objections of state legislators to their inclusion of climate science. As NCSE previously reported, the state board of education unanimously voted to adopt the new standards on March 25, 2014.
The new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science are the product of more than a year of work by a committee of more than sixty members, the state department of education’s director of science education Tiffany Neill told the Oklahoman (March 26, 2014). The standards were widely regarded as a vast improvement on their predecessors, which received a grade of F in the Fordham Institute’s 2012 study of state science standards.
But when House Joint Resolution 1099 — a routine resolution approving or disapproving proposed permanent rules of Oklahoma state agencies— went to the House Administrative Rules and Government Insight Committee, however, the new standards were attacked. The attacks focused on the use of the Next Generation Science Standards as a resource and on the presentation of climate science in early grade levels, according to a May 13, 2014, post on the blog of the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association. The committee amended HJR 1099 to reject the state department of education’s rules implementing the new standards. On May 21, 2014, HJR 1099 as amended passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
The bill proceeded to the Senate Rules Committee, which showed no signs of wanting to consider it. Undeterred, opponents of the standards took their fight to the Senate floor, where, on May 23, 2014, Senator Anthony Sykes (R-District 24) moved to amend the similar House Joint Resolution 1097 to include disapproval of the rules implementing the new standards, saying, “global warming is the main concern.” As amended, HJR 1099 passed the Senate on a 32-9 vote. But the House failed to consider it before the legislature adjourned.
Among the organizations supporting the adoption of the new Oklahoma science standards were the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association and the grassroots Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education.
For the story in US News & World Report, visit: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/06/20/how-the-climate-change-debate-is-influencing-whats-taught-in-schools
For the story in the Oklahoman, visit: http://newsok.com/oklahoma-board-of-education-adopts-new-science-standards/article/3946962
For the Fordham Institute’s evaluation of Oklahoma’s old science standards (PDF), visit: http://www.edexcellencemedia.net/publications/2012/2012-State-of-State-Science-Standards/2012-State-Science-Standards-Oklahoma.pdf
For the post at the blog of the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association, visit: http://www.oklahomascienceteachersassociation.org/?p=5710
For information about Oklahoma’s House Joint Resolutions 1099 and 1097, visit: http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=HJR1099 http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=HJR1097
For the websites of OSTA and OESE, visit: http://www.oklahomascienceteachersassociation.org/ http://www.oklascience.org/ And for NCSE’s previous coverage of events in Oklahoma, visit: http://ncse.com/news/oklahoma
WHAT’S NEW FROM THE SCIENCE LEAGUE OF AMERICA
Have you been visiting NCSE’s blog, The Science League of America, recently? If not, then you’ve missed:
* Steve Newton discussing the difficulty of defining the Anthropocene: http://ncse.com/blog/2014/06/anthropocene-problem-0015700
* Glenn Branch evaluating William Jennings Bryan’s citation of four scientists: http://ncse.com/blog/2014/06/bryan-s-quartet-part-1-0015683 http://ncse.com/blog/2014/06/bryan-s-quartet-part-2-0015684 http://ncse.com/blog/2014/06/bryan-s-quartet-part-3-0015685
* Mark McCaffrey reviewing the new report on the economic consequences of climate change: http://ncse.com/blog/2014/06/risky-business-changing-conversation-0015708
And much more besides! For The Science League of America, visit: http://ncse.com/blog Thanks for reading.
And don’t forget to visit NCSE’s website— http://ncse.com – where you can always find the latest news on evolution and climate education and threats to them. –
Deputy Director National Center for Science Education, Inc.
420 40th Street, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94609-2509
fax: 510-601-7204 800-290-6006
June 25th, 2014 Bob
Planning for the University of Oklahoma’s Galileo’s World exhibition is moving along as we prepare for its opening in August 2015. The History of Science Collections is now undergoing extensive renovation, and collaborations across campus are well underway.
Now we are at a point where we need the input and help of educators! So we’ve created a new blog and listserv to foster discussion. The blog at http://oulynx.org will contain frequent announcements of ways that anyone may participate and get involved. It also contains information for joining the listserv, where more extended discussions will take place.
Kerry V. Magruder
Curator, History of Science Collections
The John H. and Drusa B. Cable Chair
University of Oklahoma Libraries
401 W. Brooks, BL 521
Norman, OK 73019
June 24th, 2014 Bob
Update on new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science:
The new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science were signed into rule by Governor Fallin June, 19th 2014. I apologize for the delay in sending out the listserv message, but I was boarding a plane when I received the text and connecting to the listserv from my location has been difficult.
I would like to thank everyone who participated in the revision process. Thank you to the Writing Team members who took time away from their students and families to meet in person to share their expertise. Thank you to the Draft Team members who spent countless hours reviewing and providing extensive feedback to the Writing Team members. Thank you to those who participated in a Focus Group last fall and to every person who took the time to provide feedback through the public comment period. Your efforts were much appreciated as we worked very hard to develop a set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in K-12 science education.
I’d also like to thank the Oklahoma Science Teacher’s Association (OSTA) and the Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education (OESE) for their overwhelming support for the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science and the process utilized in their development.
Finally, I’d like to thank the members of the Executive Team, Dr. Paul Risser (University of Oklahoma), Dr. Julie Angle (Oklahoma State University), Missy Dominy (Pioneer Career Technology Center) and Sarah Vann (Owasso Public Schools) for their nearly two years of service to this process. Their guidance and insight were critical to this process that led to over 500 Oklahomans having input into the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science.
With the signing of the new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science into rule, many districts and teachers will embark on exploring the standards this summer and determine how they will begin to transition. Please keep in mind; we are transitioning over a three-year period as the assessments for 5th grade, 8th grade and Biology 1 will continue to be aligned to PASS (2011) standards until 2016-2017.
There are currently several support structures being developed to assist districts and teachers with the transition to the new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science.
(1) Transition Recommendation Plan:
A committee of representatives from K-12 education, higher education, career technology, and business and industry have begun developing a Recommendation Transition Plan that will serve to support teachers and districts in decisions regarding transitioning from PASS 2011 to the new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science. This information will be made available to districts on or before the Vision 2020 Conference this summer.
(2) PD on Your Plan Modules:
We are currently working with a group of science educators to develop a series of PD on Your Plan Modules that are intended to support districts and teachers with better understanding the new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science and better understanding how to thing about utilizing existing curriculum to meet the intent of the standards. Remember PD on Your Plan modules are designed for educators to utilize independently or to utilize with a Professional Learning Community of other educators. Look for PD on Your Plan modules to be posted on the #OKSci Facebook page and the science listerv soon!
(3) Vision 2020 Conference: Science and STEM sessions July 15th and 16th
The Vision 2020 Conference is a great opportunity to gain insight into the new science standards and explore effective instructional practices for science education. This year’s conference will include presentations on:
- Transitioning to the new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science
- Integrating the 3 Dimensions of the new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science into classroom instruction.
- Integrating the new Engineering Practices into classroom instruction
- Integrating Literacy in Science
- Exploring the progressions in learning embedded in the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science
- STEM Integration
What can you expect from the science/STEM presentations at Vision 2020?
- The sessions will include model lessons that align to the new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science;
- The sessions will provide opportunities to participate in active learning experiences with peers;
- The sessions will explore classroom assessment strategies.
Special Science Education Workshops July 15th and 16th at Vision 2020
We are excited to announce, the 3 Dimensions of Science Education Workshops, presented by Sam Saw, the Director of Science Education at the South Dakota State Department of Education. Mr. Shaw has been working with science educators in South Dakota for two years to implement the Disciplinary Core Ideas, 8 Science and Engineering Practices, and Cross Cutting Concepts recommended in A Frameworks for K-12 Science Education and integrated into the new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science, into their classroom instruction. Mr. Shaw will share simple strategies and lesson ideas for grades K-12 in the two-day workshop. The July 15th and 16th workshops are designed to build on one another but attendance at both are not required.
These sessions will begin at 1:30 and end at 4:15 on the 15th and 16th. It would be perfect for a team of teachers from a school to attend so they can collaborate and then extend conversations back at their home schools!
Remember, the Vision 2020 Conference is Free to educators so sign-up today! http://www.okvision2020.ok.gov/
The State Textbook Committee is moving forward with science textbook adoption this year. The committee will meet through the summer and fall to determine which texts align to the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science. A list will be produced in the fall with all the texts determined to be adequately aligned to the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science, by the State Textbook Committee. The textbook caravans will begin in the spring of 2015 and the monies for textbook adoption for science will be released to districts July 1, 2015. If any of the information above changes, I will convey as soon as possible.
Through the efforts of numerous OKSci educators we have grown an OKSci network to include:
- An OKSci Facebook page with nearly 800 members
- An OKSci Biology Facebook page
- An OKSci Science Department Chair Consortium (please e-mail me if you are interested in participating in this group).
- An OKSci Informal Science Educators Consortium
- A successful OKSci Leadership Program
- An OKSci Higher Education Consortium
- OKSci Tulsa Curriculum Coordinators Consortium (building off of the successful OKC Metro Science Curriculum Coordinators Consortium
These networks will provide opportunities for Oklahoma educators to learn and grow professionally in the coming year and to work collaboratively to better understand the new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science.
There are numerous other groups forming soon that will be led by science educators in our state that will serve as professional learning groups for the needs of OKSci educators. If you see a need for a professional learning group around science education that you would like to participate in our start, please contact me, I’d be happy to assist in whatever way I can.
If you are interested in staying connected to Summer Professional Development opportunities or resources developed this summer sign-up for the science listserv with an e-mail you can access this summer or join the OKSci Facebook page.
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Accessing Archived Science Messages:
You can access Archived Science Messages I’ve sent out since March via the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association (OSTA) website. Scroll down to see previous posts.
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As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!
June 11th, 2014 Bob
The Oklahoma Science Teachers Association Fall Conference
Coming October 31-November 1, 2014
OSTA “Flips” for Science
1st – It’s time to recognize the teacher’s in our midst who are doing exceptional things with students. The OSTA Science Teacher of the Year Awards. Each year we recognize an outstanding Elementary, Middle Level, High School, and College/University teacher with the special distinction of recognition as an outstanding teacher by their peers on OSTA. The nomination is online and found here.
2nd – It’s also time identify the outstanding teacher/leaders who can contribute to the future of OSTA and Oklahoma Science Education through service on the OSTA Board of Directors. Any active Oklahoma science teacher who is a member is eligible to run and be elected to OSTA office. Nominations this year are for terms beginning in 2015 for the offices of OSTA President-Elect (to serve as President 2016 and past-President 2017), Middle Level Director, College/University Director, Director at Large, and Secretary/Historian. Self nominations are welcome. The OSTA Board of Director Nomination form is online and found here.
3rd – Do you know a person or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to Science Education in Oklahoma? Please nominate that person or organization for recognition by way of OSTA’s highest honor, the Jack Renner Distinguished Service to Oklahoma Science Education Award. Past winner’s are a Who’s Who of science in this state. OU Professor Ed Marek, Past State Science Supervisor Jana Rowland, OU Professor Emeritus Vic Hutchinson, Mustang Science Coordinator Gaile Loving, OU Professor Gordon Uno, and the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board have all been honored with the Jack Renner Award. There are many others who have made contributions to Oklahoma that deserve the honor of the Jack Renner Award. Make your nomination here.
4th – Are you ready to share what you know? The strength of OSTA is it’s member base – highly motivated, high performing teachers who are known for their caring for students and love for the profession. At OSTA we love to share what we’ve learned with our colleagues and the Fall Conference is the best place in Oklahoma for that to happen. Submit a proposal to present at the conference here.
Registration for the OSTA Fall Conference opens SOON.
Complete steps 1-4 today!
June 6th, 2014 Bob
Every Education Decision is a Political Decision.
June 4th, 2014 Bob
As we have all been following the recent and not-a-moment-too-soon completed 2014 session of the Oklahoma Legislature, the term “Action Alert” has been the short hand for a notice to let Oklahoma science teachers know when their interests and clients are at risk due to legislative actions. The current status of HB 3399, which is on the desk of the Governor, qualifies the bill to be connected to the term.
We are all waiting to hear what Governor Fallin plans to do with the bill. If signed, the resulting law is certain to result in the loss of the No Child Left Behind waiver granted to Oklahoma by the U.S. Department of Education, producing incredible upheaval in public schools across the state. The loss and/or re-direction of federal funding will place further stress on a state school system still struggling to deal with the massive budget cuts to education that began in 2008. Sanctions in NCLB also include possible loss of Principals, re-assignment of staff, and takeover of schools by the State Department of Education. There is no good reason for this to be allowed to occur.
HB 3399 also contains provisions that will politicize the process of establishing education standards to the point of making the process unworkable and unmanageable. Legislators have written provisions that are most likely unconstitutional in that they exceed the Legislature’s Constitutional authority and violate Oklahoma’s constitutional separation of powers. Science teachers are (or should be) especially concerned that members of the Legislature will use an enacted HB 3399 to inject their own bias and personal beliefs into curriculum areas. But science, rooted on the collection and interpretation of scientific data is not the only curriculum area at risk from this proposed law. Ask our Social Studies-teaching colleagues, who have been plagued with legislative meddling for years will mandated special days, weeks, or months with specified observances and required lessons. Professional educators, academic experts, and informed laypersons working in concert are the proper developers of curriculum, not untrained politicians willing and able to turn curriculum development into a political side-show.
As a national leader of the very association that inspired and sponsored the Common Core State Standards, Governor Fallin knows full well the misrepresentations that have been advanced by those who wish to dismantle the CCSS and she should rise above the distortions and political rhetoric to do what is right to develop Oklahoma’s College and Career-Ready future. The Oklahoma Science Teachers Association stands in support of the Common Core State Standards and against the unnecessary and likely unconstitutional intrusion of the Legislature into the curriculum development process.
Please call, email or fax Governor Fallin expressing your concerns and recommendations about HB3399.
June 4th, 2014 Bob
Can you imagine walking through an art museum and not seeing any trees? No mountains or streams, sunrises or sunsets? No birds or horses? No boats on rough waves or relaxing landscapes?
It’s impossible, because nature is everywhere in art – from the literal to the abstract inspiration provided by the textures, colors and sounds of the natural world. Being outdoors can lift our spirits and stoke our creativity.The beauty of nature reflected in art is just another reminder of our need to protect it.
Each Nature in Art Series exhibit will feature nature-inspired work by local artists and be on display at The Nature Conservancy’s Oklahoma City office (408 NW 7th St.) for opening and closing nights. In between these two events, the auctions will be posted online for two weeks. Thirty percent of proceeds will go right back to nature by benefiting The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma!
JUNE: Featured Artist: BOB SOBER
Opening Night: Thursday, June 12, 6-7:30pm Online Auction: Friday, June 13 – Friday, June 27
Closing Night: Friday, June 27, 7-11pm
AUGUST: Featured Artist: MIKE FUHR
Opening Night: Thursday, August 14, 6-7:30pm
Online Auction: Friday, August 15 – Friday, August 29
Closing Night: Friday, August 29, 7-11pm
SEPTEMBER: Featured Artist: JOHN GRON
Opening Night: Thursday, September 11, 6-7:30pm
Online Auction: Friday, September 12 – Friday, September 26 Closing Night: Friday, September 26, 7-11pm
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.