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Virtual Eco Family Virtual Conference series begin

Dec 24, 2013

AMES — The Eco Family Virtual Conference from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, an opportunity for families to improve the environment, reduce their carbon footprint and create community as they participate in a do-as-you-learn format, begins Jan. 2.

Conference materials connect families and encourage them to make conscious decisions about the environment.

Enrolled families will have access to educational videos, software to create personal avatar videos, family activities and other resources to explore for one month before the session. On the first Thursday of each month, January through June, participants will share during the 90-minute session what they have learned and experienced. As a group, they will have the opportunity to create action plans for their family and community. All sessions begin at 6:30 p.m.

“With the flipped classroom, families can apply what they learn, share what they did and get ideas for ongoing action plans as they connect with others of similar interests,” said Kristi Cooper, an ISU Extension family life specialist and one of the conference organizers.


Virtual Eco Family Conference online sessions

• Jan. 2 – Energy (materials now available)

• Feb. 6 – The New Economy (materials available Jan. 3)

• March 6 – Food and Genetic Engineering (materials available Feb. 7)

• April 3 – Air Quality (materials available March 7)

• May 1 – We Are Nature (materials available April 4)

• June 5 – Water (materials available May 2)

To participate in the conference, families need a computer with high-speed Internet access, speakers or headphones and a microphone. Registration is available online at www.extension.iastate.edu/linn/news/eco-family-virtual-conference-2014. The registration fee for the six-session virtual conference is $70.

Registration also can be made per session. The fee is $15 per session. Once registered, participants will receive log-in directions for accessing the virtual classroom.

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