Youth Environmental Conference will be conducted Oct. 6-7

The 45th annual West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Youth Environmental Conference will be Oct. 6-7. This year’s theme is “Careers in Conservation.”

Due to COVID-19, the conference will be held virtually this year through the Facebook and YouTube channel and a live Zoom meeting. The conference is geared for ages 13-18 years old and is scheduled for Oct. 6 and 7. The conference will consist of a live Zoom meeting, which is scheduled for Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m., titled “Q & A with a Park Ranger.” In addition to the live video, there will be fun and informative pre-recorded videos which will be posted on https://dep.wv.gov/environmental-advocate/YEP/Pages/YouthEnvironmentalConference.aspx, Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/depwv/?ref=br–rs and YouTube channel, “Environment Matters” https://www.youtube.com/user/WVEnvironment. There will be special guests in these videos to discuss Smokey Bear, nature photography and careers in DNR law enforcement and the water industry, to mention a few. There also will be videos of awesome places to visit in West Virginia, which you won’t want to miss!

Additionally, a fun Earth Bingo activity will take place now until Oct. 9. Information on the activity can be found at https://dep.wv.gov/environmental-advocate/YEP/Pages/Earth-Bingo.aspx. Submit a photo of your completed bingo to be entered into a drawing for a prize. Text or email the photo to 304-545-9403 or Annette.L.Hoskins@wv.gov.

Although the Virtual Youth Environmental Conference is free, if you want to receive a prize for participating, you must register by Oct. 5. You may do so here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=As8mikpDHkOMrX6u-X70hMNWY07cl–lJgcbwjWyEJp9UNzdIOVA2N1FRVTNKRUg3N1FLRzNUWEtWSi4u.

Once registered for the conference, you will receive an invite for the live Zoom meeting.

For more information, contact Annette Hoskins, Youth Environmental Program manager, at Annette.L.Hoskins@wv.gov.


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