Education

Education Program Volunteer Descriptions - Education Program Volunteer Descriptions

Bird Walk

Book discussion Group

Geology Walk

History Walk

Botany/Low Tide Walk-Marine Lab Staff

Talks on the Rocks

Music on the Porch (Ukelele/Guitar)

 

Bird Walk

The coordinator of this activity is knowledgeable about Star Island birds, and is responsible for leading this walk around the island to look at the different species, and to share interesting fun bird facts.  In the past, the Bird Walk has been scheduled early in morning before breakfast, and has had up to twenty participants.

Previous coordinator:

Connie Lentz

Book Discussion Group

The Book Discussion group gathers on specified afternoons during the week to discuss two previously selected books by the activity coordinators. The coordinators e-mail Shoalers of the selected titles in the early spring (well before the conference) so pre-reading can occur.  This group has previously met in the Pink Parlor or one of the smaller meeting rooms (Sandpiper room) in the later afternoon before Social Hour.

Previous coordinators:

Elizabeth Yermack, Bill Tibbs

 

 Geology Walk

The Geology Walk is a walking tour for shoalers around the island that is led by the coordinator. The person in charge should be knowledgeable about the different types of ROCKS on Star Island.  This walk tends to be scheduled during the time between the end of Morning Lecture and Lunch on one of the week-day mornings. Once the Chairs of the conference establish the schedule for the week.  The coordinator will be informed of the day and time.  Generally, the group size for the walk is 15-20 people.

Previous coordinators:

Ned Tillman

 

History Walk

The Vaughn Cottage curator conducts this history walk with interested shoalers (usually on one of the week-day afternoons).  The coordinator of this event should go along on the walk, should trouble shoot as needed, and is responsible for making sure that a sign-up sheet for the activity is put on the Writer’s Desk in the corner of the lobby. Once the Chairs of the conference establish the schedule for the week.  The coordinator will be informed of the day and time, and it will be posted on the blackboard schedule.

Previous coordinators:

Vaughn Cottage Curator

 

Botany/Low-Tide Walk

This walk is given by the Marine Lab personnel (usually on one of the mornings of the week in the time between Morning Lecture and Lunch).  A sign-up sheet for the walk will be placed on the Writer’s Desk in the Lobby (this has previously been done by the Island Staff) for interested shoalers.  Once the Chairs of the conference establish the schedule for the week, the day and time will be included on the blackboard schedule.

Previous coordinators:

Marine Lab Staff

 Talks on the Rocks

Talks on the Rocks is a planned activity for adults that usually occurs during the afternoons when children are participating in Children’s Program.  The coordinator of this activity is responsible for contacting four different shoalers in the conference, and asking them to conduct either a small group information presentation or to facilitate a discussion with a group of shoalers on a selected topic.  Generally, this event takes place on the Chapel rocks (weather permitting) and is a time for connecting and sharing with others. The talks are scheduled Monday-Thursday afternoons.  Once the four talk leaders have been contacted and have agreed to present, the coordinator should develop a schedule with each presenter/leaders topic and the afternoon of their presentation.  This information will be e-mailed to the designated Conference Chair so it can be added to the conference schedule of events.

Previous coordinators:

Eric and Lizzie Yermack

  

Ukeleles and Musicians on the Porch

Music on the Porch is a small, informal gathering of shoalers at either end of the front porch, who enjoying playing the instruments that they have brought out to the island.  The group may play planned pieces brought out by the coordinator, might just “jam” together, or might include a singing component to their music to draw in other shoalers. Generally, this activity happens on a daily basis in either the before Lunch time slot, or in a later afternoon time slot, and is included on the daily blackboard schedule.  The coordinator of this event is generally a MUSIC person, who can play an instrument, and can direct small groups of players (who may be very musically inclined, or not so musically inclined!).

Previous coordinators:

Katy Biron

Bill Tibbs

Carl Sturken

 

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