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7th Life Discovery: Doing Science Biology Education

7th Life Discovery: Doing Science Biology Education
September 30-October 2, 2021
YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, CO

Thursday: 12:00 -7:00 PM MT
Friday: 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM MT 
Saturday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM MT

COVID-19 policy for LDC attendees

Vaccinations are required for all attendees. Please review the Covid-19 Policy for more details. Please contact ldc@esa.org if you have any questions or concerns.


Pushing Past Barriers: Ecological Science for All.

In recent years, we have seen a significant change in public attitudes in support of climate science and sustainability. At the same time, whether it is about food safety, endangered species or protection of waterways, we continue to see the latest science being pushed aside in public discourse. As we embark into a new decade, ensuring that ecology is relevant to all students is vital so that we can prepare all students to be ecologically literate.

  • How do we transform ecological teaching in order to maintain a connection with a vast student population that is not interested in science and retain those who are to become science researchers and professionals?
  • How do we encourage nonscience majors to take away important messages that will inform their personal and professional decisions?
  • What does a science-based, culturally relevant and inclusive curriculum that connects student learning to current events look like?
  • How can educators activate the appropriate levers of change to overcome systemic barriers to organismal biology education?
* See 2021 Conference Program at a Glance

Registration and Conference Information


 

Early Bird Registration

Ends 8/13

Advanced Registration
Ends 9/24
Onsite Registration
*Check payment
Registration Type

Staying at the YMCA

Staying Offsite

Staying at the YMCA

Staying Offsite 

Staying at the YMCA Staying Offsite
Full registration $150 $215 $175 $240 $200 $265
K12 teachers and students $125 $150 $150 $175 $175 $200
One day $95 $140 $120 $165 $145 $190

Registration fees for participants staying at the YMCA of the Rockies will include morning and afternoon breaks on both Friday and Saturday. All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are included with your hotel reservation at the YMCA. Hotel and shuttle information is available here

Registration fees for participants staying offsite will include morning and afternoon breaks, meal tickets for Friday (lunch and dinner), Saturday (lunch), the cost of daily visitor passes, and taxes.

Registered participants will be able to attend all regular sessions on both days of the conference. 
There is an additional fee for the pre-conference field trips.  Before signing up for field trips please check your travel arrangements and remember to factor in time zone. All field trips listed are in Mountain Time.

*Please note that we will not process credit card payments onsite. All payments must be made by check payable to the “Ecological Society of America”.

 See Available Field Trips See Hotel Information

Cancellation Policy

    1. On or before September 1, 2021: Written request of cancellation must be emailed to ldc@esa.org. A refund of registration payments for cancellations will be honored with a $10 processing feeIf cancellation is due to health-related issues, the processing fee may be waived.
    2. In the event that the conference has to be cancelled due to the pandemic, ESA will refund all registrations. Please note you will need to contact YMCA Estes Park for hotel reservation cancellations.

Registration Questions

Why do we ask about your background?  In order for us to understand our audience, we have included a set of questions about yourself and your educational setting. This information allows us to prepare our speakers, report our reach to our funders and better monitor the effectiveness of our reach. Information will only be reported in the aggregate. Thank you for your participation.
 
** NOTE 1: Login is required to register for the conference 

Login if you are an ESA member. Create a new account if you are not an ESA member. 

** NOTE 2: Registration Tips [Save, or Update Responses] Button

To begin the registration process, click on [REGISTER MYSELF/SOMEONE ELSE] and select the applicable registration type. Please note the [SAVE RESPONSES] button on the right side of the screen just before the section on Field trips. You will need to click on the [SAVE RESPONSES] button BEFORE you Proceed to Checkout. If you see a message that you have missed some questions, return to the registration page, and enter your responses again and then click on [SAVE RESPONSES].
Should you have further registration difficulties, please email danielle@esa.org.

LDC Participant Liability Waiver

All Attendees must accept the LDC Participant Liability Waiver and show proof of vaccination during registration check-in. You may review the Covid Policy here.

Meeting Code of Conduct

All attendees must review and adhere to the ESA Meeting Code of Conduct.

When
9/30/2021 12:00 PM - 10/2/2021 4:00 PM
Where
YMCA of the Rockies 2515 Tunnel Rd Estes Park, CO 80511

Program


Thursday, 30 September 2021

 
Field Trip 1: Boulder Apple Tree Project – Exploring techniques and practices of community-engaged undergraduate research. 

*Registration fees include snacks, drinks, and transportation. Please wear comfortable field clothes and bring sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen) based on your needs.
*Before signing up for field trips please check your travel arrangements and remember to factor in timezone. All field trips listed are in Mountain Time.
Time
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
9/30/2021 1:00 PM

Workshop 1: EREN-NEON Flexible Learning Projects – Building skills in field ecology and data science

 *Registration fees include snacks and drinks
Time
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
9/30/2021 1:00 PM

Field Trip 2: National Ecological Observatory Network’s (NEON) Rocky Mountain National Park terrestrial field site

*Registration fees include snacks, drinks, and transportation. Please wear comfortable field clothes and bring sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen) based on your needs.
*Before signing up for field trips please check your travel arrangements and remember to factor in timezone.
All field trips listed are in Mountain Time.
Time
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
9/30/2021 4:00 PM