Fall Earth Force Educator Training
8:30-11:30am ET
Event Type(s)
Kentucky science event
Event Description
The Kentucky Environmental Education Council would like to invite you to participate in our Fall Earth Force Educator Training! Earth Force follows a community action and problem-solving process that implements environmental education, STEM, and civic engagement. Educators facilitate youth as they work together to create and carry out a project that investigates the root causes and addresses policy or practices of an environmental issue they identify in their community. The learners become active participants in their community by conducting balanced research, building strong community partnerships, and making decisions as a democratic group. 
The training will be conducted on zoom on the follow Saturdays:
October 3, 2020, 8:30-11:30am
October 24, 2020, 8:30-11:30am
November 7, 2020, 8:30-11:30am

There are only 15 SPOTS available for the entire training. Each educator that completes ALL THREE DAYS will receive a $200 stipend.

Michelle Berendsen 
Graduate of Eastern Kentucky University; holding a B.A. in English Teaching, M.A.Ed. in School Counseling, and currently working on her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Michelle has worked as a High School English teacher for four years, became a certified Environmental Educator through AmeriCorps in 2019, and became the new Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools Coordinator for KEEC in May of 2020. She completed the Earth Force Training in the Summer of 2020. Michelle enjoys riding her bicycle, fly fishing, and going on nature hikes.  

Mahala Watts 
A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. There she received a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Recreation and Parks Administration. For the last two years, Mahala has been serving in AmeriCorps as an Environmental Education Leadership Corps member at EKU Division of Natural Areas, providing environmental education to students K-12. She is a certified environmental educator and has been trained in Earth Force since July 2020. She likes spending time outdoors, hanging out with her dog, reading and her favorite animals are sea turtles. 
We cannot wait to share this 6-step process with you and give you the tools to guide your students to make change in your community!
For any questions, please contact Michelle at michelle.berendsen@ky.gov or Mahala at mahalaawatts12@gmail.com

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