June 5th, 2013 Bob
BioBlitz! Oklahoma 2013
October 11th- 13th
Camp Simpson, Johnston County
IMPORTANT Information – Please read carefully the following information before registering:
Cost is $8 for students, $15 for non-students.
- 2 nights tent camping in designated area at Camp Simpson
- Event t-shirt
- Friday night meal
- Saturday morning early, light breakfast
- Full schedule of activities during the inventory
- 24 hours of BioDiversity!
We will be offering a meal on Friday night, because the closest town, Tishomingo, is about 25 miles from the camp. We will send details regarding the meal via email to all registrants a week before the event.
T-shirts are guaranteed to those who register two weeks before the event date (September 27, 2013). Registration will close one week before the event (October 4, 2013).
There will be NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION. All registration must be done prior to arriving at BioBlitz! Everyone must register individually – except children under school age (they may attend for free).
No registration fees will be refunded. If you are unable to attend the event, or if the event is cancelled, your registration fee will be considered a donation to future BioBlitz! activities.
BioBlitz! may be cancelled in the case of extremely, severe weather or wildfires. The event will be held if it rains. If cancelled, we will make every effort to reschedule the event. If you register, but do not attend, you will not be guaranteed an event t-shirt.
In appreciation of the dedication and hard work of our volunteer expert biologists, we will be waiving the registration fee for all taxa team leaders and activity leaders. If you fall into this category – don’t register (you will be contacted by BioBlitz! staff).
Spring at Camp Simpson, location of BioBlitz! Oklahoma 2013.
Photo by Greg Mayberry, Shawnee High School and BioBlitz! Participant
Our mailing address is:
Oklahoma Biological Survey
111 E. Chesapeake St.
Norman, Ok 73019
May 30th, 2013 Bob
A special biodiversity event this summer!
The US Fish and Wildlife Service, Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge, and the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network are proud to announce the 2013 Bat Blitz to be hosted in Tahlequah, OK. This is a great opportunity for those interested in bat netting techniques, acoustics, identification, and networking within the bat community. Dates for the event are July 28 – August 1. Registration is only $25 for students and $50 for non-students. Lodging, food, travel to field sites, t-shirt, and float trip are included in the registration fee. Registration is now open until June 7th and will be limited to 100 participants.
More information can be found by visiting www.SBDN.org.
BioBlitz! Oklahoma is one of the many partners for this unique event.
May 28th, 2013 Bob
Register now, only a few openings remain!
Weekend workshop (Sept. 20-22, 2013) at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station on Lake Texoma
Topics include current climate science, inquiry-based learning, state curriculum and classroom issues
- Taught by experts on climate science and science education
- Open to science teachers, and science education students in Oklahoma and North Texas
- 16 hours of professional development credit
- Room, board, and materials are included in $25 registration
- For more information or to register, see www.oklascience.org or http://www.ou.edu/uobs/teachers.htm
Workshop organized and sponsored by: Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education, the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, the National Science Foundation, and the University of Oklahoma Biological Station
May 20th, 2013 Bob
May 20, 2013
Announcing the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Seventh Flight Opportunity – SSEP Mission 5 to the International Space Station for the 2013-2014 Academic Year Opportunity for a School District, Even an Individual School, to Engage a Few Hundred Grade 5-12 Students in Very Real Microgravity Experiment Design for Flight to the International Space Station (ISS)
Note: this program is not for an individual class.
From Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Director of the (501c3 non-profit) National Center for Earth and Space Science Education in the U.S, and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally, and creator of the SSEP initiative –
Dear STEM education colleague,
The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program was designed as a model U.S. national STEM education initiative to inspire and engage the next generation. SSEP provides truly authentic STEM education experiences with seamless integration across STEM disciplines, and cross-disciplinary connections to reading, writing, communication, and art and design. And it is garnering very significant media attention at the local and national level. We are truly inviting YOUR students to be real researchers, and your community to be part of America’s Space Program – in fact we want you to have your OWN Space Program.
SSEP TOP-LEVEL STEM AND COMMUNITY-ENGAGMENT OBJECTIVES:
1. For school districts, even individual schools, SSEP provides an opportunity to implement a systemic, high caliber STEM education program tailored to local curricular need, which immerses a community of grade 5-12 students in every facet of authentic research. The program is designed to reflect the Next Generation Science Standards.
2. The program is designed to inspire and engage the next generation of scientists and engineers, and is accomplished by providing each participating community their own very real Space Program. This is not a simulation.
3. More broadly, SSEP is about a commitment to student ownership in exploration, to science as journey, to the joys of learning, and to science as an interdisciplinary tapestry that extends to vital written and oral communication skills, and design.
4. The program uses a Community Engagement Model for STEM Education, which can extend to all K-12 students, their teachers, and families, and generate significant excitement across the community.
SSEP Mission 5 to ISS will provide each participating community a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to ISS in Spring 2014. Mirroring how professional research is done, student teams across the community design their own microgravity research programs, and submit real but grade level appropriate research proposals. Proposals from across the community go through a formal review process, and the community’s flight experiment is selected by a Review Board meeting at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, a National Partner on SSEP. The design competition – from program start, to experiment design, to submission of proposals by student teams spans 9 weeks from September 9 to November 11, 2013.
Content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experiment design.
This is a true science immersion program where students are asked to be real scientists and go through the exact same process as professional researchers vying for research resources and research opportunities. SSEP addresses a wide range of biological and physical science disciplines, including: seed germination, crystal growth, physiology and life cycles of microorganisms (e.g. bacteria), cell biology and growth, food studies, and studies of micro-aquatic life. Students design experiments to the technology and engineering constraints imposed by a real research mini-lab and flight operations to and from Earth orbit.
9-Week Experiment Design Phase in Your Community: September 9 to November 11, 2013
Selection of Your Community’s Flight Experiment: December 12, 2013
Ferry Flight to ISS: Spring 2014
Ferry Flight Return to Earth: expectation is Launch + 6 weeks
National Conference at Smithsonian in Washington, DC: early July 2014
TIME CRITICAL: ALL INTERESTED COMMUNITIES ARE ASKED TO READ THIS EMAIL CAREFULLY AND INQUIRE BY
JUNE 30, 2013: schools and districts need to assess interest with their staff and, if appropriate, move forward with an Implementation Plan.
DEADLINE FOR COMMUNITIES TO BE ABOARD (approved Plan and funded):
September 4, 2013. To meet this deadline, the Center needs to begin working with interested communities as soon as possible.
Since program inception in June 2010, there have been six SSEP flight opportunities: SSEP on STS-134 and STS-135, which were the final flights of Space Shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis; and SSEP Missions 1 through 4 to ISS. To date, 60 communities have participated in the program. Not yet counting Mission 4 to ISS, a total of 17,670 grade 5-14 students were fully immersed in microgravity experiment design and proposal writing, and 4,347 experiment proposals were submitted by student teams. To date, 14 communities have participated in 2, 3, or 4 flight opportunities, reflecting the sustainable nature of the program.
Latest news: the payloads containing the 28 Mission 3 and Mission 4 flight experiments, one experiment selected for each of 28 participating communities, are scheduled to launch this Fall on SpaceX-3 Dragon out of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station adjoining Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and aboard the historic flight of Orbital Sciences D-1 Cygnus out of the nation’s new spaceport the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) in Virginia. Community delegations will be in attendance. (YES THIS IS VERY REAL.)
The initiative was also highlighted last year at the 2nd Annual White House Science Fair event.
NEXT STEPS – WE ARE ON A FAST TRACK:
1. CAREFULLY read the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program home page (link
below), which includes links to all aspects of the program, including program operations, how to participate, profiles of the 60 communities participating to date, and summaries of all selected flight experiments. Also below are the links to the extensive media coverage, and program testimonials from community leadership.
2. Contact us via the SSEP home page, or call me directly at: 301-395-0770
SSEP HOMEPAGE: http://ssep.ncesse.org
MEDIA COVERAGE: http://ssep.ncesse.org/communities/in-the-news/
Be part of history by making history
Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Center Director
Cell: 301-395-0770 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE)
PO Box 2350
Ellicott CIty, Maryland 21041
May 13th, 2013 Bob
In celebration of Endangered Species Day the OKC Zoo invites you (and guests) to a FREE viewing of a fun, entertaining documentary “Where Did the Horny Toad Go?”
Date: Saturday, May 25
Location: Education Bldg auditorium (OKC Zoo, 2101 NE 50th, OKC, OK)
Time: 6pm ~ activity stations for kiddos, 6:30-7:45pm documentary
Cost: Free (doesn’t include zoo admission if you choose to visit the zoo)
Reservations: not required. Seating limited to the first 300 people
April 22nd, 2013 Bob
NSTA Student Competition Teams to Participate in April 22 (TODAY) White House Science Fair
Student teams from NSTA’s student competitions—Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision, the U.S. Army’s eCYBERMISSION and the DuPont Science Essay Competition—will join President Obama for the White House Science Fair on Monday, April 22, starting at 11:30 a.m. ET. The president will speak at 2:25 p.m. The event will be webcast live at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
Elementary students Evan Jackson, Alec Jackson, and Caleb Robinson (at right) from Flippen Elementary School in McDonough, Georgia, will present their 2012 National award-winning ExploraVision project “COOL Pads: Shoulder Pads that Keep Players Safe from Overheating.”
Hayden Hilst, Riya Kaul, and Rebecca (Becca) Mackey (at left) from Jenks East Intermediate School in Jenks, Oklahoma, will present their eCYBERMISSION winning project that explored the benefits of using technologically advanced energy and water efficiency devices in their school.
Representing the 2012 DuPont Science Essay Competition will be Mike Espy from Little Snake River Valley High School in Baggs, Wyoming, for his essay titled “Moo-ing Energy,” and Cecelia Poole, from Carvel Academy in Bear, Delaware, for her essay titled “Breathe Easy: Bronchial Thermoplasty.”
The President hosted the first-ever White House Science Fair in late 2010 to celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. As part of the Administration’s Educate to Innovate campaign, the President told students in 2010 that “If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you’re a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.”
Congratulations to these teams for their achievements, and plan to watch the White House Science Fair live Monday at 2:25 p.m. ET.
Congratulations to the 2013 DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition Winners
This year’s winners of the DuPont Challenge researched and wrote about some of the world’s most pressing issues: Feeding the World, Building an Energy Secure Future, Protecting People and the Environment, and Innovative Science. Twenty-six NSTA members judged the nearly 10,000 thought-provoking essays, selecting eight winners. This is quite an honor for the students and the sponsoring science teacher. The winners will receive US Savings Bonds, reference materials from Britannica Digital Learning and NBC Learn, and much more. Grand prize and first runners-up winners along with a parent and sponsoring teacher are packing their bags for an all-expenses paid trip to Orlando, Florida, and the award ceremony at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Learn more about these amazing winners of the 2013 DuPont Challenge here.
National Environmental Education Week Resources
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan relates how environmental education can be a tool to improve student health and engagement in STEM fields in a public service announcement for National Environmental Education Week (EE Week). “We know so many of the jobs of the future are in the STEM fields, and there are so many great ties between STEM education and environmental education,” he said. View the PSA here.
To celebrate EE Week, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) has released a variety of timely resources. Its video toolkit demonstrates lessons that use technology to connect students to the natural world. Its 10 Apps for Taking Tech Outdoors and Tech & Our Planet infographic illustrate the widespread use of technology among kids and adults and possibilities for environmental learning, career pathways, and implications for the economy. NEEF is also sponsoring an Environmental Educator Photo Contest running through May 31, 2013.
Secretary Duncan will also announce the second annual U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and first-ever District Sustainability Awardees on April 22 at 10:30 a.m. ET. Honored schools and districts will have an important role to play modeling best practices for all schools who wish to provide an education geared toward the challenges and jobs of the future, which is why the Department of Education will release a report with summaries of each of the honorees.
NSTA Legislative Update: President’s FY2014 Budget Consolidates Major STEM Education Programs
As expected, President Obama’s FY2014 budget request includes a major reorganization of federal STEM education programs, and comprehensive immigration legislation introduced last week by the Gang of Eight contains funding for STEM education. Read all about it in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update.
Register for April 30 Web Seminar on Crosscutting Concept; Energy and Matter—Flows, Cycles, and Conservation
Prepare for NGSS in your classroom by learning more about the important crosscutting concept of Energy and Matter—Flows, Cycles, and Conservation. This web seminar will be held April 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. ET. Join Andy Anderson in this great professional development experience that will explore the role that energy and matter play in science, how student understanding of energy and matter might develop over the course of K–12 education, how learning about energy and matter can take place during the learning of disciplinary core ideas by engaging in scientific and engineering practices, and what studying energy and matter really looks like in the classroom. Visit the NSTA Learning Center to register.
Dive Into NGSS with the NSTA Reader’s Guide to the Next Generation Science Standards
The e-book is available now and the print edition coming in May. Written by science education expert Harold Pratt, the publication gives readers a deep understanding of NGSS core ideas, scientific and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. To order, visit the NSTA Science Store. View the standards online at www.nextgenscience.org or www.nsta.org/ngss. Want your own print version of the entire NGSS (coming this fall)? Pre-order your print version now at the NSTA Science Store.
Three New Everyday Science Mysteries Books for K–8 Classrooms
Everyone loves a good mystery—and thousands of teachers love the way the Everyday Science Mysteries series gets K–8 students engaged in real experimentation about real science content. Our three new releases in this bestselling series each focus on a specific content area—Earth and space science, physical science, or biological science. The stories come with lists of science concepts to explore, grade-appropriate strategies for using them, and explanations of how the lessons align with national standards. They also relieve you of the tiring work of designing every one of your inquiry lessons from scratch.
Member Price: $20.76 | Nonmember Price: $25.95
Scholarships for New Science Teachers—Apply by August 1
Special career-enhancing experiences for middle and high school science teachers in their second through fifth year can be found through the New Science Teachers Academy, a yearlong professional development and mentoring program that offers unique support and resources. Hundreds of teachers will be chosen to participate in the 2013–2014 Academy and take advantage of cost-free, consistent online professional development activities along with face-to-face educational experiences. Simply apply and take control of your career. Principals should consider making this a priority for their newest science teachers.
The Academy provides each teacher with
To find out more about the Academy and how to apply for a scholarship, visit www.nsta.org/academy. The application deadline is August 1.
Lab Out Loud Episode 95: Helping Students Imagine Mars
This week hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler talk with David Delgado, lead of the Imagine Mars project from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The Imagine Mars Project gives students a chance to work with scientists and engineers to build and design a future human community on Mars. Listen to Lab Out Loud to learn about the project and other educational outreach opportunities from JPL.
Focusing the Lens on STEM
Do you need help implementing engineering concepts in your early childhood classroom? Are skills development in math and science preparing students well enough for integration of technology and engineering into the curriculum? Get hands-on experience and practical knowledge for improving student performance in STEM subjects. Learn how to put an action plan into place. Participate in panel discussions and teacher workshops that include instructional models and activities. Attend NSTA’s second STEM Forum & Expo in St. Louis, Missouri, May 15–18.
- PreK–2 (Early Childhood)
- Grades 3–5
- Grades 6–9
- Grades 10–12
- Effective STEM Partnerships
- Successful K–12 STEM Schools
- Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
- State STEM networks—How Are They Working to Change STEM Education?
- STEM in Urban Science Education and Engaging—and Keeping—More Girls and Minorities in STEM
- Public/Private Partnerships, Out-of-School and Informal Programs that Excite Students to the World of STEM
- Putting the “T” and “E” in Your STEM Program
- A Whole School Approach to STEM: What You Need to Know
- Promising STEM Programs: Three to Watch
For more information, including a list of teacher workshops, visit www.nsta.org/2013stemforum. Register today.
Online Courses from the American Museum of Natural History
Are you interested in learning about evolution? Do you want to know more about Earth or the solar system? Are you looking for graduate or professional development credit? If so, check out the Seminars on Science program from the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Online courses run from May 27 through July 7 and include Earth: Inside and Out; Climate Change; The Solar System; Evolution; Genetics, Genomics, Genethics, and more.
Each course is available for graduate credit and is co-taught by an experienced educator and a scientist. For more information, or to register, visit www.amnh.org/learn or contact AMNH directly.
Registration deadline: May 13
Popular Science Magazine/Delta Science Fair
Calling All Teachers!
Know a student with a genius idea for a science project that could help make the world cleaner and greener? Here is a chance to share it with the world and win cash prizes! Popular Science magazine in partnership with Delta is hosting its 1st Annual Science Fair and is now accepting submissions for best original science projects in the category of sustainability.
This nationwide competition is open to elementary, middle school, high school, and college students. Judges will select one Grand Prize winner and runner-up winners in each of the four educational divisions. Prizes include cash awards and the chance to see your project in the pages of Popular Science magazine!
To learn more and register, visit www.popsci.com/sciencefair.
Science of Innovation
NBC Learn, in partnership with the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, looks at the Science of Innovation. More than just a single event or brilliant idea, innovation is a process that anyone from a garage tinkerer to a federally-funded scientist can take to discover new solutions. This 11-part series, narrated by NBC’s Ann Curry, highlights top innovators from across the country working on innovative projects in industries such as healthcare, energy, transportation, and agriculture. Free lesson plans are provided by NSTA.
April 22nd, 2013 Bob
Science Olympiad is proud to announce that winners from the 2012 National Tournament will be honored at the Third Annual White House Science Fair in Washington, DC, today, April 22, at a ceremony beginning at 2:25pm EST. At approximately 11:30am, live streaming video of exhibits will begin at the site below (Science Olympiad does not have an exhibit). Solon High School and Solon Middle School are represented by Coaches Donna Ross and Drew Kirian, along with students Stephanie Zhu and Achuth Nair. Watch for them in the crowd wearing their Science Olympiad medals with the red, white and blue ribbons!
Find out more here, where we’ll be adding photos and video throughout the day.
April 19th, 2013 Bob
Join The DNA Day Celebration
On April 25th, National DNA Day will commemorate the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 (10 years ago) and the discovery of the double helix of DNA in 1953 (60 years ago). Don’t let these important anniversaries go unnoticed!
Partners like the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG), Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Learn.Genetics and many more have created free resources and organized events to help students, teachers, and the public learn about genetics.
NHGRI will partner with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History to celebrate National DNA Day on April 19, 2013. This unique day will allow students and teachers to learn more about genetics and genomics. The DNA Day celebration will include a morning of engaging scientific presentations and panel discussions with some of the nation’s leading historians, scientists, geneticists and physicians that will emphasize the wide breadth of careers within genomics and genetics. Participating groups will also have the opportunity to visit various exhibits at the museum and partake in activities that will be a part of the Smithsonian NHGRI Genome Exhibition that will open in June 2013.
Share Your Earth Day & DNA Day Resources On The NABT ecosystem
Are you looking for some Earth Day or DNA Day teaching resources? Are you looking to share some Earth Day or DNA Day resources with other teachers? The NABT ecosystem Resources Section is building a list of teacher recommended websites, videos, articles, and tools. Like all ecosystems, this network supports a diverse population of producers and consumers. The more resources that are posted, the faster the ecosystem will become one of your go-to sites for classrooms materials, professional development opportunities, and colleague-to-colleague interactions.
The NABT ecosystem is free to join and open to all biology teachers. Start connecting today at http://www.nabt.org/ecosystem.
After Earth: Free Resources & Scholarship Opportunity From Dr. Joe Levine
Global change is arguably the most important single scientific issue facing our species in the 21st century – and is also arguably the most difficult subject for biology teachers to address. It’s almost impossible to explain to students why changes in global systems are important if they don’t understand how those systems work. And those systems are fiendishly complicated. Harness the energy of After Earth, the upcoming science-fiction film starring Will and Jaden Smith, to engage students in the science of global change, mass extinction, and biodiversity.
Dr. Joe Levine (of Miller/Levine: Biology), has curated a new website, scouring the web, picking and choosing from a vast array of scientific information and images to create manageable and engaging lessons on the basics of global change. Found at http://www.lifeafterearthscience.com, the site offers free downloadable lesson plans on interdisciplinary topics including guided web research and writing activities. Striking images and mesmerizing animations based on satellite data bring core concepts to life on Earth Day … and throughout the school year.
Teachers can also apply for After Earth Scholarships to attend Dr. Levine’s Inquiry in Rainforests Course at the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica July 9-24, 2013. Scholarships for the course will cover tuition and estimated airfare for participants except for transportation to and from airports. The course scholarship page can be found at OTS Scholarships. The application deadline is May 3, 2013 and awards will be announced in mid-May.
Trip Of Interest: Evolution in Oklahoma & Texas
“The Oklahoma Evolution Road Trip”, sponsored by Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education and the Oklahoma Academy of Sciences, will take you on an exploration of Oklahoma and Texas, where strong support for creationism is contrasted with stunning evidence of evolution. Join Dr. Stanley Rice, Professor of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Gordon Eggleton, Professor Emeritus of Physical Sciences, both at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, from Thursday, May 30 through Sunday, June 2 on trips to fossils and dinosaur footprints in Oklahoma and north Texas, informational visits to two creationist museums, and discussion about evolution and education.
Registrations are now being accepted and the cost is $350 ($400 for a private room). All participants will be housed at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station on the shores of beautiful Lake Texoma, and registration includes accommodations, transportation, and most meals. With sufficient enrollment and donations, partial refunds may be available, especially for pre-college teachers, who will receive a certificate of professional development.
More information is available at http://www.ou.edu/uobs/evolution.html. Please register by May 1, 2013.
If you are interested in making a contribution to help offset the costs for pre-college teachers, please contact Stanley Rice at email@example.com. Contributions are tax-deductible.
April 15th, 2013 Bob
Oklahoma Youth Forestry Camp provides students, ages 13 – 15, the opportunity to
experience the forestry and wildlife professions, learn about Oklahoma’s natural
resources and build an awareness of environmental components.
Explore Oklahoma’s natural resources with professionals from across the state!
Hands on activities including forest management, stream ecology, fire management,
wildlife management, urban forestry, and how they all work together.
Of course, there is time for swimming, hiking, and outdoor recreation!
Camp Tuition: $175 per camper
For more information, please contact our camp staff at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 522-6158.
2013 Camper Application
2013 Counselor / Adult Staff Application
VISIT OUR CAMP PAGE ON
March 17th, 2013 Bob
EVOLUTION IN OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS:
A ROAD TRIP
Thursday May 30 thru Sunday June 2, 2013
Oklahoma and Texas are renowned for a lot of things, but two of them are creationism and the abundance of evidence for evolution. That is, the very places where creationism is strongest are the places with some of the best field evidence of evolution. On this trip, let’s go learn and talk about both creationism and the field evidence for evolution.
Sponsored by Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education and the Oklahoma Academy of Science, the trip leader is Dr. Stanley Rice, who has published four popular science books, two of them about evolution (www.stanleyrice.com). He is professor of biological sciences at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where he began teaching in 1998. Stan is the president-elect of both Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education and the Oklahoma Academy of Sciences, the two scientific organizations that are sponsoring this trip. The geology instructor is Dr. Gordon Eggleton, professor emeritus at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Gordon led field trips to all of the locations that we will visit. Stan can tell you about most of the things that are alive, and Gordon can tell you about most of the things that are dead.
This road trip would be open to anyone in the public who is interested. It will be especially geared to pre-college science teachers, who will receive professional development credit.
Accommodations and most meals will be provided by the University of Oklahoma Biological Station (www.ou.edu/uobs), on the shore of Lake Texoma southwest of Madill. The location is beautiful and the rooms are nicer and cheaper than anything you will find anywhere else. Participants should arrive on Thursday May 30 by lunch and can leave after lunch on Sunday June 2.
Where else can you find a four-day weekend of exploration, science, and good company that costs only $350, which includes everything? $350 is the maximum cost; with sufficient participation, the cost may be lower. Donations will be accepted to help cover the costs for pre-college teachers. (If you want to have a single occupancy room, your cost will be $50 more than the final cost.)
No science background is required. Just bring your inquiring mind, your camera, your notebook, and outdoor dress. You will also need sheets, towels, washcloths, and toiletries for the rooms.
Find the event brochure here.
If you have questions, please contact Dr. Stanley Rice .
For more information and online registration go to: http://www.ou.edu/uobs/evolution.html