Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 1:00 PM CST
Friday, February 22, 2019 at 1:00 PM CST

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Camp Aranzazu 
5420 FM 1781
Rockport, TX 78382

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Lynne Christopher 
Informal Science Education Association of Texas 

ISEA 2019 22nd Annual Conference 

"Resiliency, Rebuiding and Risk-Taking"

The 2019 Annual Conference theme is "Resiliency, Rebuilding and Risk-Taking - working together to reinvent and advance informal science learning in Texas." The ISEA conference is the best opportunity in Texas (if not the country) for informal educators and teachers to learn, collaborate and experience exciting new ways to engage and teach an audience. We are looking forword to meeting new faces and catching up with friends and colleagues during our presentations, workshops and poster sessions and all those other after hours networking opprtunities! This year we are honored to welcome several outstanding speakers.

Dr. Carolyn Finney - Writer, performer and cultural geographer. As a professor at the University of Kentucky, she was deeply interested in issues related to identity difference, creativity and resilience. The aim of her current work is to develp greater cultural competency within environmental organizations and institutions, challenge media outlets on their representation of difference and increase awareness of how privilege shapes who gets to speak to environmental issues and determine policy and action.

Betty Siegel - Director of VSA and Accessibility at John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, she is a driving force in accessible arts across America. She is a respected expert and speaker on topics related to disability rights, compliance with disability laws and regulations, the arts and disability, and to accessiblity to cultural programs and venues for individuals of all ages with disabilities.

Conference Location:

Camp Aranzazu - 5420 FM 1781 Rockport, TX 78382

Lodging and Meals:

Lodging at the camp is "bunk-style" in newly renovated, heated and cooled bunk houses. Bunks are twin size beds, each with their own light. Linens are not provided. Each lodger must bring their own bedding (sheets, cover and pillow) as well as their own toiletries. Women and men will be housed in separate bunk houses.

Meals are included with paid registration and are offered Wednesday, Feb 20 (dinner only), Thursday, Feb 21 (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and Friday, Feb 22 (breakfast only). Dietary restrictions and  allergies will be accommodated with advance notice. Please be sure to specify special needs on your registration form.

If bunk-lodging is not for you, or you are bringing along a non-conference friend/spouse, Rockport-Fulton has several economical and water-front lodging options available. Be sure to reserve your room or rental early, as the Whooping Crane Festival begins on February 21, 2019. Rooms will book up.  

A few hotels recommended based on their location, quality and room rates are:

Quality Inn (1075 North Fulton Beach Road, Rockport, TX  78382)

The Inn at Fulton Harbor (215 N Fulton Beach Rd, Fulton, TX 78358)

La Quinta Inn & Suites (2921 Highway 35 N, Rockport, TX 78382)

Several other good hotels are available as well.

Pre-Conference Activities: 

Book Discussion with Carolyn Finney

Join our keynote speaker Dr. Carolyn Finney for a thought provoking and informative exploration of the experiences, beliefs, history and understandings of the natural environment for both white and black Americans. Dr. Finney's most recent book, "Black Faces, White Spaces" takes a look at access, equity and inclusiveness to "the great outdoors" for black American and the stories of "future belonging" in these spaces. Session participants will contribute to discourse, ideas and strategies for engaging people, regardless of differences, in informal and outdoor learning environments and opportunities.

Location: Camp Aranzazu

Date and Time: Wednesday, Feb 20, 1-3pm

Participants: 25

Cost: $5

Creating Stewards: A Deep Dive

Did you attend last year's presentation on Planting the See of Stewardship and want to learn more? This workshop is for you!  If you didn't attend but want to know how to create stewards for your site, this session is for you too! The workshop will focus on helping Informal Educators share information in a way that's more likely to create stewards at their site using the communication process of Interpretation. We'll help educators develop methods of presenting information to reinforce the relevancy of their site to their visitor. The presentation will cover an introduction to Interpretation and demonstrate the significance of using this process to enhance the information we are sharing about the natural world. During the session participants will get hands-on experience transforming information into interpretation! After attending this session, participants should be able to foster a stronger connection between their visitors and their resources.

Location: Camp Aranzazu

Date and Time: Wednesday, Feb 20, 1-4pm

Maximum Participants: 30

Cost: $5

Birding Goose Island 

Join Texas Parks and Wildlife Regional Interpretive Specialist and experienced local birder Ben Horstmann on a guided birding tour of Goose Island State Park. The tour will take you into Bird Tree State Natural Area in search of wading birds, coastal specialties and of course the whooping crane. What makes this tour so special? Bird Tree SNA is not typically open to the public so participants are getting a "behind the scenes tour" so to speak. We'll meet at the park headquarters and travel together to our birding location.

Location: Goose Island State Park - 202 Palmetto St, Rockport, TX 78382

Date and Time: Wednesday, Feb 20, 1-3:30pm

Maximum Participants: 15

Cost: $5

Port Aransas Nature Preserve Service Project

Put your passion for informal education to work at a local "education hot spot" in Port Aransas!  The Port Aransas Nature Preserve suffered a large amount of damage to its trails, signage and natural spaces during Hurricane Harvey. You can help by dedicating an afternoon of sweat and hard work to help the Preserve get back on its feet and back to educating residents and visitors alike. The day will include invasive species removal, lunch and a chance to get to know your fellow "ISEAers" in a whole new way!  Please wear work clothes (closed-toe shoes, long pants, hat) and bring a refillable water bottle, sunblock, bug spray and don't forget your favorite pair of work gloves! Gloves will be available for those that need them. We will meet at Port Aransas Community Park on Clark Parkway.

Location: Port Aransas Nature Preserve – Port Street, Port Aransas, TX 78373

Date and Time: Wednesday, Feb 20, 12-4pm

Participants: 12

Cost: $15






Accomodations and Meals:

Lodging is "bunk-style" in newly renovated, heated and cooled bunk houses.  Bunks are twin Size beds, each with their own light. Linens are not provided, each lodger must bring their won bedding (sheets, cover and pillow), as well as their own toiletries.  Women and men will be housed in separate bunk houses.

Meals are included with paid registration and are offered Wednesday Feb 20 Idinner only), Thursday Feb 21 (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and Friday Feb22 (breakfast only).  Dietary restrictions and allergies will be accomodated with advance notice, please be sure to specify special needs on your registration form.