Student Experiential and Environmental Education Conference at Touch of Nature

Greetings Friends and Colleagues,

I hope all is well with you in the new year. Here at Touch of Nature we’re gearing up for another season of connecting people to the planet. In that endeavor we have put together a conference for those interested in Environmental and Experiential education called SEEEC. A conference intended to bring together students, formal and non-formal educators, and environmental education professionals. It is a reasonably priced conference with very reasonably priced certifications in Flying Wild and Project Learning Tree certification programs, concurrent sessions, and field trips.

PLEASE spread the word to anyone (including your list serves if appropriate) or departments/administrators you know may be interested both at SIU and beyond. More information and registration can be found at the Touch of Nature website

Any help spreading the word, volunteering (yourself or others) for outreach or committees would be greatly appreciated. We do have some openings for workshop presentations if you or someone you know is interested in presenting, our presenter form is also attached here.

Thank you.


Steve Gariepy

Environmental Education Program Coordinator

Touch of Nature Environmental Center

A National Environmental Education Landmark

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Southern Region Co-Director

Environmental Education Association of Illinois

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presentor application.pdf

Mount Rushmore History Association Internship Opportunity

January 23, 2017

Dear College Instructor and or Academic Adviser;

The National Park Service at Mount Rushmore National Memorial offers academic internships in the Interpretive Branch to qualifying students in the fields of interpretation, communication, history, parks and recreation management, natural history, and related studies.

Our interpretive internships allow students to fulfill a number of academic requirements while experiencing first-hand the interpretive operation of a major national park unit. This year is the 4th year of the Mount Rushmore History Association scholarship. We are offering 6 scholarship positions. Each position, will receive a $2,000 payment on or about week 6 of the Internship and another $2,000 at the end of a completed 13-16 week internship. This year’s internship season begins on 5/14/17.

Interns work alongside Mount Rushmore staff in conducting guided walks, interpretive talks, roving patrols, and providing visitor services at information desks. After intensive orientation to the site and training in the role and practice of interpretation, interns develop their abilities in public speaking and visitor services through supervisory coaching and teaching provided by one of our three certified interpretive coaches.

Previous student interns have benefited from such hands-on experience when seeking employment with the National Park Service, related agencies or organizations. Please view our video found here for more information The enclosed description of the internship program may be copied for interested applicants or posted on your department bulletin boards, as needed.

The website source for information on Mount Rushmore National Memorial is Blaine_Kortemeyer.


Blaine Kortemeyer

Assistant Chief of Interpretation and Education

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

13000 Hwy. 244, Bldg. 31 Suite 1

Keystone, SD 57751

office (605) 574 3170

Cell (605) 391 5986

MRHA Intern opportunity.doc

Wilderness Education Position on the Sawtooth

Looking for just the right candidate with a passion for wilderness, excellent communication skills and education/interpretation experience for this fabulous temporary job out of Stanley, ID working to protect the Sawtooth, White Clouds and Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness areas. If you know that person – send them my way! Position opens Friday.

Liese Dean
Wilderness Program Coordinator
Forest Service

Sawtooth National Forest, Sawtooth National Recreation Area

p: 208-727-5023
f: 208-727-5029
5 North Fork Canyon Road
Ketchum, ID 83340

Caring for the land and serving people