Gee Whiz!! Stepping into Science                     
March 2, 2019     Fee $35

Facilitators: Empress Bethel & Lorrie Huysman, OEEC ‘s 2018 Environmental Science Teachers of the Year.

  This workshop will give participants a chance to step inside the classrooms of two award winning environmental science teachers! Be prepared for fun, stimulation and lots of ideas!!

Experience how they use inquiry in their classrooms at Salt Creek Intermediate and enjoy  ideas that can be adapted to your classroom and age level. Using models, simulations, argumentation, and technology, discover ways to stimulate research and inquiry based learning.

Lorrie and Empress will share how they set-up their classrooms, use journals and various science tools as the students work through their investigations, and incorporate science activities throughout the school. Hear about their Land Lab, recycling program, trash audit, classroom pond, and Junior Naturalist program.

A day of fun as you become the student!

April 26-28, 2019     Fee $110, includes lodging and meals

Facilitators: Cathy and Paul Knoop

The Highlands Nature Sanctuary is the ARC of Appalachia’s oldest and largest preserve. The heart of the 2,200 acre preserve is the beautiful Rocky fork Gorge, a 100 foot high steep-walled canyon renowned for its rock formations, ancient white cedars, spectacular wildflower displays, grottoes, springs, and stone arches.

Friday night and Saturday, participants will visit the Forest Museum, explore a variety of areas learning about the geology and ecology of the gorge, while enjoying the spring wildflower displays and warbler migration. Some of the trails will include: Trail of the Ancients, Barrett’s Rim Trail, and Miller Nature Preserve.

On Sunday, we will travel over to Fort Hill. This preserve shelters one of the largest and oldest contiguous forests in Ohio. It is an outstanding remnant of the temperate deciduous forest that once covered nearly all of the Eastern United States.

This workshop will use the Sanctuary’s Beechcliff Lodge as the center for our weekend retreat at The ARC of Appalachia. Beechcliff is a fully remodeled turn-of-the-century group lodge with three full lengthporches, five bedrooms with two single beds each, a large kitchen, dining-room, and living-room. The lodge overlooks the Rocky Fork Gorge. All meals will be fixed in Beechcliff Lodge.


Participants may register for each class separately or for all desired classes (until each class registration quota is met).Deadline dates indicate when classes will be canceled due to low enrollment and registration is closed. 

Total Cost for Course without Graduate Credit:

The indicated workshop fee is payable to Camp Oty’ Okwa and should be included with your registration.

 Total Cost for Course with Graduate Credit is an additional $180:

Registration for graduate credit will be completed the first day of class. Tuition is $180 per credit hour and can be paid by check or credit card. Checks should be made out to Ashland University.

 For additional information:  Cathy Knoop 740-603-3911 or