Workshop Description

EcoDetectives: Using Economics and Science to Solve Environmental Mysteries

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 three-day session is on-site at Maymont, 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

Jun 21, 2022 - Jun 23, 2022
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Registration Deadline: June 16, 2022
Robins Nature Center at Maymont
2201 Shields Lake Drive
Richmond, VA 23220
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Grade Level: 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 institute will be at Maymont, in partnership with its premier environmental education team. Teachers 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. Parking, breakfast, snacks, and lunch are provided each day. The institute also provides several mini-field-trips on the beautiful Maymont grounds. 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 exact building in Maymont in which we will be meeting is still being planned. We will communicate with you closer to the date about where exactly to go at Maymont on June 21.

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

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