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EcoDetectives: An Environmental Economics Institute

This institute combines science and economics to study perplexing environmental issues, and gives middle and high school teachers the resources to bring it all to life for their students. This is a hybrid session, with six hours online and two days on-site at VCU, in with a field trip to Maymont. This institute is in partnership with Maymont’s education staff and award-winning science and economics teachers.

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Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Economic Education

Jul 29, 2024 - Jul 30, 2024
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Registration Deadline: July 25, 2024
VCU, Snead Hall
301 W. Main St.
Richmond, Virginia 23284-4000
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Grade Level: Grade 4, Grade 5, High School, Middle School
Potential Recertification Credits: 18

If people dislike pollution, why do they pollute anyway? How do human choices affect Virginia’s environmental resources? How can we protect the environment without hurting vulnerable people? Environmental issues are often perplexing. The good news is that economic thinking – focusing as it does on human decision-making – can provide insight into how to think better about the environment.

This hybrid institute will be online and at VCU, with a field trip to Maymont (in partnership with Maymont’s premier environmental education team). Activities include interactive lesson demonstrations and outdoor science activities at the Maymont grounds. Attendees will get access to a collection of lessons that are aligned with both economics and science standards, and which give insight into human decision-making processes that affect the environment.

The price is free! Attendees get up to 18 contact hours for purposes of recertification. There will be two days in-person at Maymont, and an additional six hours of online, asynchronous learning. Parking, breakfast, snacks, and lunch are provided each day. Teachers also get lots of lesson plans and online resources to help bring learning to life both inside and outside the classroom. 


Additional Information:

The online portion will be completed in the week of the institute, with work being due Friday, August 2.

Instructor: Dr. Stephen Day and the Maymont Education team
Contact Person:
Stephen Day
Center for Economic Education
Virginia Commonwealth University
(804) 828-1628

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