Conservation Education Institute (CEI)
-Emily, Ninth Grade (Hiss & Sslither Outreach Program; Piedmont High School)
The role of CEI is to serve as a leader and a catalyst for conservation by acting directly to protect the nature of Alabama and Georgia and to stimulate individual and institutional action through conservation, education, and advocacy. We provide land owner and community events, classroom outreach programs, teacher workshops, and general public workshops.
Through events we are teaching our community to value a sense of place: The Southeastern United States is filled with unique natural resources. We inspire the community to get to know their environment, appreciate it, and desire to care for it. We partner with diverse allies to provide events such as Duck Derby and Bigfoot Bio Bash and Tellabration.
We collaborate with land owners to create unique workshops on conservation easement properties, such as:
· Longleaf Pine Needle Basket Making
· Wildflower Hikes
· Plein Air Landscape Painting
· Nature Observation Skills, and a mix of arts, cultural heritage and environmental education opportunities.
We take our programs into the classrooms to promote stewardship: we have a responsibility for preserving and caring for wild places. Preserving farms, watersheds, forests and mountains means learning about their problems and working toward solutions.
Current and future generations need to be aware of the natural and cultural heritage of their land, community, state and nation.
- Hiss & Sslither (Herpetology)
- Bug Hunts (Entomology)
- Beneficial Birds (Ornithology)
- Nature Observation Skills
- Conservation Career information
When our Conservation Director speaks to groups, regardless of the demographic, she discusses what it means to "trust" someone. Utilizing storytelling, she portrays examples of trust: faith, confidence, expectation, and reliance. We utilize this basic foundation to build an understanding of the importance of land trusts, easements, protection, stewardship, and conservation, and connect them to personal experiences. We believe that every person can make a positive difference!
Check out our complete curriculum guide.