Water Education Summit Receives National Recognition

The Penn State Extension Dive Deeper Summit was awarded as a program of excellence at the national level.
Water Education Summit Receives National Recognition - News


Jennifer Fetter and Bradley Kunsman represented the Dive Deeper Steering Committee at the NAE4-HA Awards Ceremony in Indianapolis. Pictured with 2017 NAE4-HA President Shawn Tiede (center).

Penn State Extension’s Dive Deeper – Youth Water Educators Summit was recently recognized as the 2017 Excellence in Natural Resources/Environmental Education program winner by the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA). “This award is given annually to one national winner, and is a great honor to receive.” says Jennifer Fetter, Dive Deeper Steering Committee Chair and Penn State Extension Educator. The award recognizes outstanding efforts in the field of environmental education that have high educational value significantly benefiting the environment and the community and which also includes collaborative programming with natural resource agencies and organizations. The award was presented in November during the 2017 NAE4-HA Conference in Indianapolis, IN. The award was received by the Dive Deeper Steering Committee including Fetter as well as Bradley Kunsman (Penn State Extension 4-H Youth Development), Susan Boser (Penn State Extension Water Resources), Sanford Smith (Penn State Extension Forest Resources), and Carissa Longo (Pennsylvania State Parks – DCNR).

The Dive Deeper Summit is Penn State Extension’s biennial conference of educators, both formal and informal, who teach youth of all ages about water. The summit premiered in 2012, and has been held every other September since then. Each summit, 100 educators from across the Mid-Atlantic region gather to learn innovative ways to engage youth in water education programs, include new technology tools in their programs, stay up to date on emerging water quality issues in the region, and network with like-minded peers who can be valuable resources beyond the day of the summit.

The next offering of Dive Deeper will take place on September 20, 2018. Proposals for presentations and exhibits are currently being accepted for the 2018 Dive Deeper Summit.

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All proposals are due by Wednesday, February 28, 2018.