Thanks Kingston - You Rock!

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A huge thank you to our conference coordinators, Anne Smith and Brenda Scarlett, for their incredible dedication and a terrific 2018 OAGEE Spring Conference in Kingston.  

We started the day with a fantastic forest therapy tour through the relaxed atmosphere of the wetlands and surrounding forest at the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area. A Kingston Transit bus transported us to our next destination. En route, Dan Hendry, Sustainable Initiative Co-ordinator with the Limestone District School Board, spoke to us about a very successful initiative that provides every student with free transit. Essentially, they seek to change the culture by teaching young people how to use public transit and that it’s “OK to ride the bus”. Our bus arrive at the Miller Museum of Geology at Queen’s University, where we explored an enormous collection of the Earth’s rocks, minerals, fossils, dinosaur exhibit, and received an overview of the geological history of the Kingston area. Mark Badham, Miller Museum of Geology Curator, demonstrated his deep appreciation for geology and provided us with a guided field excursion to rock outcrops in Kingston and the surrounding areas.

“It's a cliche, but every rock tells a story," Badham said. "You can really learn a lot about the history of an area just by the types of rocks that are there. A lot of people still don't realize how many things they use during the day that have mineral components in them. If something didn't come from a plant or an animal, it had to be mined somewhere. That's our source of raw materials.

They [students] don't see it all the time, but their lives depend on the resources we get from the earth."



2018 OAGEE Spring Conference Coordinators, Brenda Scarlett and Anne Smith, at the Miller Museum on Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You!