Young Bioneers | 2015


Friday is Youth Day at GLBD

Friday, October 23 (8:00 AM arrival 2:25 PM departure)

Take advantage of this experiential eco-learning opportunity.
We welcome groups and individuals to register for the conference. Groups are limited to 10 students and a minimum of 2 teachers/chaperones per school or youth organization.

Special discount cost: $5 per student (includes tour, lunch and youth learnshop) and $45 per teacher per day (includes tour, lunch and afternoon program)

Other teachers who wish to attend the conference are welcome at the same discount price of $45 per day. We ask you to follow the Friday conference schedule. Teachers will find the entire conference relevant to their work. Note that based on interest, we will offer a facilitated conversation for teachers. The intention is to provide an opportunity for teachers to share their experiences with eco-education. It will be offered simultaneously with the Youth learnshops. Not to worry, Local Program Committee members and other responsible adults will supervise your students.

CEU's for educators: available through Marygrove College: For more information contact: Teresa Jordan (313) 927-1261.

Registration for Youth Day: Request a registration form from Paula Cathcart at Because we can only accommodate 160 students, registration will be on a first registered/PAID first served basis. Detailed information will be sent with the registration form.

Make checks payable to ECOWorks with GLBD conference on memo line.
Mail to: GLBD
4750 Woodward Ave. #306
Detroit, MI 48201.

Teachers need to seek parental approval and make transportation arrangements to and from the conference. Please do everything you can to have students present for the entire time. Leaving early can disrupt learnshops and student reflections that bring closure to the day.

FRIDAY October 23 Detailed Schedule for Youth

8 - 9AM Registration (MC)
9:05 - 9:30 (LA Theatre) Opening and sending forth

LYNNEA SHUCK - spearheaded the creation and implementation of the Junior Refuge Ranger Program at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge to educate youth about the critical role wildlife refuges play in protecting threatened and endangered species. Through a series of labs, habitat hikes, and birding expeditions, the Junior Refuge Ranger program teaches children (ages 8 to 1) important lessons about conservation, endangered species protection, habitat restoration, and environmental awareness. Shuck hopes to expand the program to all the 555 refuges within the National Wildlife Refuge System. To make that possible, she has created a How-To Guide so that every refuge can implement the program with ease.

9:30 - 12 Noon TOURS
Six tours will be offered Friday Morning. Board buses at entrance of Madame Cadillac Building at 9:30 and return by Noon. Tours are included in the registration fee. Tour space is limited and will be assigned on a first registered, first served basis. Lunch will be available to enjoy on your return. You may want to continue the tour conversation over lunch.

Film (alternative to a tour): The Future of Energy will be shown at the LA Theatre. Facilitated conversation will take place after the film.


Tour 1- One Fair Wage
Tour Leader: Dr. Alicia Renee Farris
is the State Director of Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan where she leads a local movement to achieve social and economic justice for restaurant workers. Farris, a lifelong resident of Detroit, is passionate about justice and equality. She has worked in local and state government and in nonprofit settings such as Michigan Institute for Nonviolence Education, Michigan Neighborhood Partnership and Doing Development Differently in Metropolitan Detroit. If you are interested in social and economic justice-particularly as it relates to the restaurant industry, come visit Colors Restaurant, where you will learn about local and national efforts to advocate for the needs of low to moderate income restaurant workers. This is an ideal tour for those who work or have worked in the food or hospitality industry as well as those who dine out. Occupational race and gender discrimination in the restaurant industry will also be explored.

Tour 2 - Building Community through Communications
Tour Leader: Rev. Joan Ross
is Director of North End Woodward Community Coalition (NEWCC) and Acting Station Manager for Detroit's only community radio station, WNUC-lp 96.7 fm. Come and see a hands on demonstration of the making of a radio station. This tour may include an on-air interview or participation in whatever broadcast is being aired. Learn how a community radio station builds a neighborhood and spurs it to action.

Tour 3 - BioBlitz D-Town
Tour Leader: Naim Edwards
is a garden designer, organizer, and sustainable food systems advocate in Detroit. He earned a bachelor's and master's degree in "life sciences" from Morehouse College and the University of Michigan respectively. He currently works for Voices for Earth Justice and is an active member of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. Visit one of Detroit's organically managed farms and participate in a sampling of the area for fungi, bugs, plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians to assess the farm?s biodiversity. No expertise or background is required, but participants should dress appropriately for the weather...and the bugs. The goal is to learn the names of organisms and enjoy nature.

Tour 4 - From Growing Our Economy to Visionary Organizing, Growing Our Souls, and the Next American Revolution
Presenter: Rich Feldman
is a member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center?s Nurture Community Leadership program. He currently works for the International UAW. Tour or Transition? You be the judge, as you travel to the Packard Plant, Poletown Plant, Hope District, Feedom Freedom Growers, Heidleberg Project, and maybe the Boggs School. On the way, Rich will point out examples of how the community is moving into the 21st century.

Tour 5 - Climate Change - An Up Close Look
Presenter: Rhonda Anderson
has worked with Sierra Club's Environmental Justice Program for over 15 years. In those years she has worked with communities on major environmental issues across the city and metro areas. For the past six years she has focused much of her work in the downriver communities of Detroit, River Rouge and Ecorse. Rhonda's "BIG" vision is to support communities to reduce local pollution impacts and assist them in creating a healthy and economically strong tri-city area. Tour participants will see firsthand what contributes to Climate Change and how it manifests. Climate Change is not something that is about to happen - it is already happening. The communities we will tour can tell you their experience of what Climate Change is and how it looks and feels.

Tour 6 - North End Community: Engagement through Urban Agriculture and Being Green
Presenters: Jerry Ann Hebron, Northend Christian CDC, Darlene Williams and Nancy Mumford of Greater Woodward CDC and Keith Martin, Green Manager.

Learn about community engagement strategies. See how urban agriculture creates jobs at the community level and brings value. Visit the GWCDC Project House, a restored building demonstrating various affordable green technologies - grey water, rain water retention system and a solar PV system.


October 23 to 25 2015


Teachers! We have heard your requests. Easy, online registation is now available for FRIDAY YOUTH DAY. Now schools can register up to ten students as well as teachers and chaperones.

Teachers must make sure to contact Paula Cathcart for all registrations so students have the most informed experience. Please note: approval is required for more than 10 students. Contact Paula Cathcart for information:

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Grades 7 - 12
12:40 to 1:40 PM - Students will participate in ONE learnshop (LA)

Y.1 Nature Is Where You Find It
Presenter: Dorothy McLeer
is presently the Program Coordinator and an Interpretive Naturalist at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center, where she has worked for more than twenty years. One of her passions and research interests is the importance of natural areas in urban communities and keeping the connection between humans and their habitats alive and well.
Think that "wildlife" can't be found in urban areas? Learn to look at what's right under your nose by becoming an HSI--Habitat Scene Investigator. All you need are your powers of observation using almost all your senses to teach yourself that nature IS where you find it!

Y.2 Pillars of Peace
Presenter: Barbara L. Jones
is a lifelong Detroiter and community activist, organizer, and youth-violence prevention advocate. She is the Community Dispute Resolution Specialist and Faculty Instructor for the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Wayne State University.
Want to learn how to make positive contributions that create, foster and sustain peace within your own community? This learnshop will get you into topics like conflict resolution and youth violence reduction.

Y.3 New Work/New Culture: Transforming Place
Presenter: Shea Howell
is a community activist in Detroit where she has worked for more than four decades. She is a founding member of the Boggs Center and is currently representing them in efforts to protect water as a human right and a public trust.
Come draw upon the experiences of Detroiters who are actively developing new forms of work and creating new cultural connections. Using current practices as a guide, you will work in small groups to identify principles and possibilities for accelerating new work/new culture in your own communities. The format will offer opportunities for collective visioning and problem solving. You will leave with ideas and tools that you can apply in your own neighborhoods.

Y.4 How to Move Toward Zero Waste
Presenter: Ahmina Maxey
is Zero Waste Detroit's Community Outreach Coordinator. She advocates to increase recycling participation in the City of Detroit, and watchdogs the Detroit Incinerator -- a major source of odor and pollution in the community.
The 3 R's no longer refer only to Reading, Writing, and 'Rithmetic. Now, they?re Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Learn simple steps you can take to put them into practice. There is a connection between waste and air pollution in Detroit, as the Detroit Incinerator makes clear. Recycling your trash means less is burned.

Y.5 The Power of Your Earthstory
Presenter: Dr. Shaun S. Nethercott
is the Founder and CEO of Matrix Theatre Company. As a lifelong environmentalist, she has used theatre to reconnect Detroiters to their earthright and bioregion. She is the originator of such plays as Once Was Paradise, a history of Detroit from the Earth's point of view, Ghost Waters, Meadow-morphosis, and The Woman Who Outshone the Sun. Did you know there is power in story to change the world? Think of a moment from your life when you felt so connected with the earth that you couldn?t tell where you left off and the rest of nature began. Got it? Now the fun begins, as you are helped to generate a short monologue, scene, or dance, which can be shared to demonstrate your love of and advocacy for the earth.

Y.6 Teen-Created Worldwide Second Language
Presenter: Sherry Wells
first heard about Esperanto in her youth, seeing it as both ?language? and ?peace.? She has emailed in it and traveled with it. She coordinated the Detroit 1996 and June 2015 US/Canada Conventions.
Esperanto is the easiest language to learn. Imagine being able to communicate with young people across the world. In other countries youth are learning Esperanto in great numbers. It won?t take long to get you speaking it. Really!

Y.7 Take a Hike! Engage with the Environment
Presenter: Mary Greene
is Chair of the Art Department at Marygrove College and Director of the Institute of Arts Infused Education. Graduating seniors of the Marygrove Art Department will also participate.
Learn the sights and sounds of the environment through a "backwards" walk. Gather natural items to use for creating artwork. Use "exquisite corpse" and "found poetry" exercises to describe your experience and thoughts.

Y.8 Greenify Your School
Presenters: Friends of the Earth
is an extracurricular club at Marian High School. Its members hold monthly meetings on environmental topics and perform various service activities. They care for and maintain the butterfly garden at Marian, collect various items for recycling, work to fulfill Green School requirements, celebrate Earth Day, and promote compassion for the environment at school.
Come find out how Marian High School revamped their butterfly garden this past spring through a Bioneers grant. Learn the steps of gardening and which native plants are good for hosting larvae and providing food sources. Join in a discussion to find out how other schools incorporate gardening. End with an upcycle project that you can take home to put in your own garden.

Note that based on interest, we will offer a facilitated conversation for teachers. The intention is to provide an opportunity for teachers to share their experiences with eco-education. It will be offered simultaneously with the Youth learnshops. Not to worry, Local Program Committee members and other responsible adults will supervise your students.


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