Dive Deeper Summit
When: Thu., Sep. 20, 2018 (8:15 AM - 3:30 PM)
Where: The Central Hotel & Conference Center
800 East Park Dr.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17111
registration deadline: September 13, 2018
The Dive Deeper Summit is a multi-state environmental education summit spotlighting innovative teaching about water. This biennial conference is for anyone who teaches youth about water or anyone interested in educational tools and resources for teaching about water. It will be an all-day event with hands-on workshops, networking lunch, and amazing guest speakers.
Act 48 Hours will be provided to Pennsylvania Certified teachers. No indication of this is required during registration, but those desiring hours must bring their PDE ID# with them to the conference.
New at the 2018 Summit!
Two pre-conference tour options are being offered this year for the first time. Pre-registration is required and there is an additional cost for both. Additional cost for the pre-conference tours is $15 per person for the Water Operator Careers tour and $25 per person for the Paddle on the Susquehanna tour. See the Agenda for more details.
Contact Jennifer Fetter at 717-921-8803 or
Drinking Water Testing
Free Water Testing will be provided by Penn State Extension to anyone wishing to bring a sample of their home drinking water to the conference.
The test results are for educational purposes only, but will help participants make important decisions about future testing at a certified laboratory. The tests will include pH, TDS, Nitrates, and Coliform bacteria.
Pre-registration for this activity is required and can be done so when you register for the Summit. Instructions for water testing will be sent in advance of the conference. There is no additional cost.
Lodging / Room Block
There is a room block at the Best Western Premier for Wednesday, Sep. 19 and Thursday, Sep. 20 for conference attendees who plan to stay overnight. The room rate is $105.95.
Reservations by Phone
Please reference the Dive Deeper Summit when making your hotel reservations over the phone.
Online Booking Option 1 - Code & Instructions
- Go to the Best Western website and scroll to the bottom of the page
- Under Discover, click Group Reservations
- Enter the group code: W64ED5A9 (case sensitive)
Online Booking Option 2 - Direct URL
The Best Western Premier is the hotel portion of the Central Hotel and Conference Center – it is the same facility, same address.
- Enjoy new informative speakers, take home new curriculum ideas, and create new networking opportunities.
- Learn about current and emerging water issues in the mid-Atlantic region.
- Discover new technology resources to enhance your STEM education offerings.
Free Water Testing will be provided to anyone wishing to bring a sample of their home drinking water to the conference.
02:45 pm Canoe/Kayak Field Learning Paddle on the Susquehanna River (Add'l $25 pp) What better place is there to teach about water than on the water? Participants will be transported from the parking lot meeting location near City Island in Harrisburg to historic Fort Hunter just a short trip up the Susquehanna River. There, the SWEEP crew from Chesapeake Bay Foundation will give a brief canoe and kayak instructional lesson before we all head into the river for a 3.5 hour paddle session down the river.
Throughout the journey, you will participate in a variety of hands-on investigations, just like the ones that CBF teaches to students like yours. Activities will include water health assessments with macros, water chemistry, mapping, and more. This is both a great opportunity for personal professional development and a chance to better understand the paddling programs available to youth groups through CBF's SWEEP program.The paddle will end back at your cars, where you are welcome to chose from several restaurants on site for dinner (dinner is on your own). Snacks will be provided for the paddle, but plan accordingly to eat a healthy (and maybe late) lunch since our trip will not end until 7:30pm.
A health form will be required from all participants in advance. No prior paddling experience is necessary. Personal boats will not be permitted on the journey, both canoes and kayaks will be available from the CBF fleet. Selection of a specific boat type can not be guaranteed. All participants will go home with a dry-bag and educational resources.
Meeting Location: 333 S Front St, Wormleysburg, PA 17043 (use the large parking lot across the street marked for Dockside Willy's)
03:00 pm See It To Be It: Guiding Females Into Water Operator Careers (Add'l $15 pp) Access to clean, safe, drinking water is a basic human need. Across Pennsylvania thousands of people work tirelessly in drinking and wastewater treatment facilities protecting public health and the environment. These people, known as operators, are licensed professionals who make family sustaining wages, have excellent benefit packages, and experience good job security. Pennsylvania desperately needs more young people, especially young women, to pursue careers in this industry: the average age of a licensed operator hovering around 50 years old, and only six percent of operators are women.
Participants in this pre-conference tour will learn how they can help expose young people to these careers by linking the lessons they are already teaching to the good paying, stable jobs available in the water industry. The attendees will tour a drinking water and/or a wastewater treatment facility, participate in hands-on activities that can be adapted to their classrooms, and the have opportunity to hear from licensed operators working in the field.
Dinner will be provided with your registration as you continue the experience back at the conference center. Supported in part by Skilled Women Get STEM Jobs, a National Science Foundation (NSF) project at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology (TSCT) in Lancaster, PA.
Meeting Location: Central Hotel & Conference Center Lobby
* General Agenda *
08:15 am Registration & Exhibits Optional Free Drinking Water Testing
08:45 am Welcome Address
09:00 am Keynote: The Shape of Water Using art as a tool for understanding rain, waterways & watersheds
Stacy Levy makes art that explains many aspects of water: life forms in ponds and streams, hydrology of moving water, tides in urban rivers, and how watersheds look and work. She also shows the passage of rain from sky to stream in our urban and suburban environments. She believes in giving visual learners a new way to appreciate ecology and the processes of nature. Her works illustrate science in visceral and visible ways. Stacy has worked in many locations including : Seattle, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Philadelphia. She has created permanent and temporary commissions for many parks and nature centers as well as museums, science centers, train stations and bridges.
10:00 am Concurrent Session 1
11:00 am Concurrent Session 2
11:45 am Lunch (provided) & Exhibits
12:45 pm Concurrent Session 3
01:45 pm Concurrent Session 4
02:45 pm Capnote: Drones, Phones & “Maker” Technology for Personal Environmental Sensing & Measurement We are in the midst of a wave of change in the realm of personal environmental sensing and measurement. Small unmanned drones (sUAS), smart phones, low cost environmental sensors, and “Maker” technology (low cost DIY computer and electronics fabrication) now provide a new frontier of possibilities for a wide range of citizen science and environmental education activities. We’ll share our experiences in building small DIY drones and integrating a variety of environmental sensors on these platforms—many of which can also be implemented in “terrestrial” hand-held or tripod-mounted modes. With some DIY savvy, these low-cost systems can be created and used in a variety of STEM-based and citizen science activities. Our plenary talk will review the tools demonstrated through the day at our table and serve as a brainstorming session for extending these ideas to the realm of the audience participants interests and activities.
03:25 pm Closing Remarks / Adjourn
Concurrent Session 1
10:00 am Getting Little Feet WET: Water Education for Early Childhood Learners Join us as we dive into the excitement and sometimes messy world of water when it comes to early learners! Participants will try hands-on activities from the new NSTA Recommended "Getting Little Feet WET" curriculum from Project WET. These fun activities can also be used as easy demonstrations for the general public. Come prepared to have fun and you may win a prize!This presentation is appropriate for educators who teach students in the following grade levels: Pre-K, K-2, Adult learners (general public)
10:00 am Making a Splash - Engaging Urban Youth in Watershed Education Teaching in an urban setting has it's challenges but watershed education shouldn't be one of them. This session will provided attendees with engaging strategies and authentic lessons surrounding watershed education that can be used in any setting. Water quality affects all of us and is especially important to the ever growing urban population. Come and Make a Splash in the City!This presentation is appropriate for educators who teach students in the following grade levels: 6-8, 9-12
10:00 am Bring the Stream to Your Classroom with Macroinvertebrates in a Bucket Bring a bucket filled with oohs and aahs to your classroom with this activity. A successful stream study begins with classroom preparation. By sorting and identifying macroinvertebrates in the classroom students will arrive at the stream with the tools to jump right in and begin assessing the health of the stream habitat. This session will highlight techniques and tools you will need to complete an indoor stream study. Sorting and identifying living creek critters will be part of the presentation. This presentation is appropriate for educators who teach students in the following grade levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Adult learners (general public)
10:00 am Water Quality, Is There a Point? A lesson plan will be presented that demonstrates the cumulative effects of non-point source pollution and explains ways to reduce or eliminate non-point source pollution in urban and agricultural settings. Participants will learn why quality water is essential to all living things. Then a hands on activity will demonstrate the cumulative effects of non-point source pollution in a watershed. The session will conclude with a discussion on best management practices for reducing non-point source pollution.This presentation is appropriate for educators who teach students in the following grade levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Concurrent Session 2
11:00 am Living Labs for All Learners: Real-world Inquiry with Water Quality Schools partnering with professionals who address real-world impacts on aquatic ecosystems can provide rich, inquiry-based student research experiences that engage all learners and improve academic success. Discover a model for facilitating student-driven learning in school and in the field, and develop a plan to implement your setting. Additional Speaker: Sandy Strosko, Canon McMillan 9th Grade Teacher This presentation is appropriate for educators who teach students in the following grade levels: 6-8, 9-12, College-level students
11:00 am Trash Tea Investigate the impacts litter has on the aquatic environment with an easy to replicate classroom investigation. Litter is one of the more visible contaminants to aquatic ecosystems but studying the effects overtime can be difficult. This investigation is easy to adapt to grade level and time commitment as well as low cost.This presentation is appropriate for educators who teach students in the following grade levels: Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
11:00 am GLOBE Hands-on water science, real world application. Berks Nature believes nature is essential to the quality of life. The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. GLOBE promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system working in close partnership with NASA, NOAA and NSF Earth System Science Projects (ESSP's) in study and research about the Earth's environment. While there are many facets to GLOBE we will focus on hydrology in this presentation.This presentation is appropriate for educators who teach students in the following grade levels: Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, College-level students, Adult learners (general public)
11:00 am Heard Along the Stream: The “Peers and Pros - 360” Teaching Method A new and novel approach to organizing educational field tours and presentations is shared that uses peer to peer interaction and mediated learning with natural resources professionals and teachers. This is a activity based learning session!This presentation is appropriate for educators who teach students in the following grade levels: 6-8, 9-12, College-level students, Adult learners (general public)
Concurrent Session 3
12:45 pm Kids Keeping Manure Out of Our Water We're unveiling a brand new curriculum for use with youth who raise farm animals. Farms across PA are being inspected for proper manure management plans, and youth raising animals for agricultural education programs like 4-H and FFA are also required to have these plans. We will demo some fun, hands-on activities from the curriculum that will help you make manure planning fun for youth while also teaching them the importance of the environmental impacts that manure can have on our waterways when not properly handled. This project was funded by an EE Grant from PA DEP.This presentation is appropriate for educators who teach students in the following grade levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
12:45 pm Sparking Kids Interest in Pond Habitat through Storytelling The objective of this presentation is to highlight educational lessons and resources using the story, " ON DUCK POND", to guide K-2 students to develop an understanding and awareness of the delicate ecosystem of the pond. Participants will receive an Educational Guide and be provided with links to access related online resources.This presentation is appropriate for educators who teach students in the following grade levels: Pre-K, K-2
12:45 pm Macroinvertebrates.org: An open educational tool and training resource Through enhanced digital images explore the incredible world of freshwater macroinvertebrates at macroinverterbates.org! The site has recently evolved into a more robust resource for education and training, now including over 150 taxa. Dive deep into this site experiencing hands-on time with the tools and supplemental activities.This presentation is appropriate for educators who teach students in the following grade levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, College-level students, Adult learners (general public)
12:45 pm Watershed Integration Program Come experience how to turn environmental science concepts into a hands on, feet wet integrated thematic approach to learning in your classroom. Don’t just bring those concepts alive within the classroom - get your students out in the field to experience it firsthand!This presentation is appropriate for educators who teach students in the following grade levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Concurrent Session 4
01:45 pm Make A Splash! Do you need to add to your presenter/educator bag of tricks? During this presentation we will share entertaining attention getters, lesson starters and magic tricks that all relate to water. We will create fog, refract light, pop astonishing dry ice bubbles and more. This presentation is appropriate for educators who teach students in the following grade levels: Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, Adult learners (general public)
01:45 pm Sweet Water Works Sweet Water Works is a 9-station interactive watershed education program featuring none other than Pete the Shad! Topics include: what a watershed is, the water cycle, the community water cycle, infiltration, runoff pollution, macroinvertebrate indicators of water quality, best management practices, and a team building activity. Currently targeted for the 4th grade in Pennsylvania to prepare students for the Science PSSAs regarding watersheds, this program is appropriate for any age group, elementary through high school/college and citizenry.This presentation is appropriate for educators who teach students in the following agrade levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, College-level students, Adult learners (general public)
01:45 pm Connecting People to Rivers Through Snorkeling Snorkeling is one of the most connecting activities we can have with rivers. It gives a completely new perspective which leads to behavior change. This presentation will cover how organizations can start river snorkeling programs. Additional Speakers: Craig Roghair & Kim Winters This presentation is appropriate for educators who teach students in the following grade levels: 6-8, 9-12, College-level students, Adult learners (general public)
01:45 pm Trees, snails, and diseased fish- how they all connect and why we should care. What do trees have to do with diseased fish? This presentation will discover how what we do on the land around the Susquehanna River can lead to legless frogs and diseased fishes. What creatures live in the water? Why are they found in one site and not another? What does it mean if you find snails along the shoreline? What does it mean if you don't? It's a fascinating presentation of how even the tiniest, microscopic, creatures contribute to a balanced ecosystem. Why you should care, and what we can do to help.This presentation is appropriate for educators who teach students in the following grade levels: 6-8, 9-12, College-level students, Adult learners (general public)