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Be a part of West Virginia’s growing environmental education community

Release Date: 03/08/2010
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith, EPA, 215-814-5543, & Eriks Janelsins, WVEEA, 304-242-6855,

WHEELING, W.Va. (March 8, 2010) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages educators, community leaders, scout leaders, professors, and interested parents to participate in the West Virginia Environmental Education Association’s fourth annual conference at the Quality Hotel Conference Center in historic Harpers Ferry from March 12 to 14.

“This conference will continue to strengthen West Virginia's environmental education community by bringing environmental educators together to learn from each other about successful programs and the latest research,” said Shawn M. Garvin, EPA’s mid-Atlantic regional administrator.

The conference begins on Friday afternoon, March 12, with a field trip to the Outdoor Education Center in Jefferson County. That evening, a welcoming reception will be held at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park.

Saturday's program includes the 9 a.m. keynote address "Get Outside and Learn," by award-winning National Park Service filmmaker John Grabowska and his daughter, Hilary. There will be workshops on a wide variety of topics throughout the day and Sunday morning. Saturday evening will include an Expo and poster session, dessert social and silent auction with live music.

To register go to For information about scholarships to the conference or other questions contact Eriks Janelsins at 304-242-6855 or