Award-winning water education summit returns to Harrisburg

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Extension will offer the Dive Deeper -- Youth Water Educators' Summit at the Central Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg on Sept. 25.

Recognized as an innovative program by the national Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals in 2013, the Dive Deeper Summit is intended for educators who teach youth about water in any capacity.

Environmental educators, classroom teachers, afterschool program coordinators, camp directors, nature center staff, scouting and 4-H staff and volunteers, conservation and resource management professionals, water service providers, and others will gather from across the mid-Atlantic region for the summit.

"Attendees will be able to discover innovative water education curricula, to learn about emerging and prevalent water issues in our region, and to meet and network with peers," said Jennifer Fetter, extension educator based in Dauphin County, who is coordinating the event. "This summit is a unique opportunity that is not replicated in the mid-Atlantic region."

In 2014, Dive Deeper II, which is sponsored by PPL Corp. and the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, will feature an emphasis on using technology to teach youth about water and incorporating citizen science into water education.

"Also this year, keynote speaker Eric Eckl, from Water Words That Work LLC, will provide insights on how to communicate important messages about water and why that matters to the mission of improving water resource conservation," Fetter said.

More information about the summit and a registration form can be found online. Contact Jennifer Fetter at 717-921-8803 or by email at jrf21@psu.edu.

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Last Updated June 04, 2014