2015 OAGEE Spring Conference at the

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Sources of Knowledge Forum - The Great Arc: Life on the (L)Edge

Tobermory, Ontario

May 8, 2015 with value added days on May 9-10 (optional). 

Sources of Knowledge (SOK) Forum is hosting the annual spring conference of the Ontario Association for Geographic and Environmental Education (OAGEE). Click here for the latest SOK Newsletter regrading the upcoming forum. 
REGISTRATION: Registration is a 2 step process:
1. Register to be an OAGEE member @ WWW.OAGEE.ORG
PRICE: The price of the conference is $99. In addition, to your OAGEE membership.OAGEE members should register through the Sources of Knowledge website in the usual manner, but should tick the appropriate box to identify themselves as teachers. You must be an OAGEE member to attend the morning session at the Visitors' Centre.
DATE: Field Studies for OAGEE members will occur on Friday May 8th (see below). OAGEE members have the opportunity to attend the Forum on May 9 &10th as a value added bonus.  
ACCOMMODATION: The Bruce Anchor Motel & Cottages. http://www.bruceanchor.com/
Be sure to mention that you are attending the Sources of Knowledge Forum. Book for 2 nights and receive a 15% discount. 
The “Great Arc” is the focus for the 2015 Forum. This label is used to identify the Niagara Escarpment as it scribes a half circle across Southern Ontario, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and past the Door Peninsula of Wisconsin. This geographic feature impacts the environment of these places, and the human use of the land.
Topics that will be considered during the Forum include: geologic history and changing landscapes, cliffs and caves, shoreline issues, protecting wildlife, tourism and economic development, First Nations Peoples and landscapes, and the potential for a cross-border GeoPark.
Field Studies are always a highlight of the Forum. This year’s field trip opportunities for OAGEE teachers include:
OAGEE Spring 2015 Conference Itinerary
Tobermory, Ontario - May 8, 2015
Morning Session: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. 
Title: Exploring the Geography of the Tip of the Bruce
Location: Visitors’ Centre, Bruce Peninsula National Parks
Leaders: Graham Draper, with Lenore Keeshig and other Parks Canada staff
This session will explore the exciting learning facilities located at Parks Canada’s Visitors’ Centre in Tobermory. This Centre provides a hub for both Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park. Its facilities include a beautiful theatre, interactive displays, 20 m-high viewing tower, and a gentle hiking trail to Georgian Bay. These facilities will be used to stimulate in-depth investigations into the physical and cultural landscapes of the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. Participants will discover why this place is a unique environment and identify some of the efforts of conservation-minded people and organizations to protect both the lands and waters.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Time to tour Tobermory and Little Tub Harbour
Afternoon Session: 12:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Title: Features of the Great Arc Landscape
Location: Leave from the Tobermory Community Centre
Leader: Daryl Cowell
Participants will carpool from the Tobermory Community Centre to the Cabot Head Nature Preserve on Georgian Bay. This geologically significant area will be used to identify the geologic and ecological forces that shaped this spectacular landscape and the lake bottom. Daryl will outline his rationale for making this part of the Bruce Canada’s second geopark.
Evening Activities: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Tobermory Community Centre
A Social Hour with live music and cash bar to kick off the Sources of Knowledge 2105 Forum.
Mini-film festival : 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The annual mini-film festival is hosted by Dr. Stephen Scharper, with screenings of recent videos relevant to the Forum’s theme of The Great Arc.