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Workshops for Teachers and Non-Formal Educators

Jun 25, 2012   //   by McKeever Center   //   Blog, Events, Sustainable Practices  //  No Comments
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Sustainability in the Classroom Workshop

June 19-21, 2012

This workshop was made possible through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Education. The workshop has three tracks: Organic Farming/Gardening, Climate Change/Marcellus Shale and a workshop titled “Contemplative Experiences . . . in the service of the earth.”

The participants will spend a half-day (on two days) at local organic farms. Three Sisters Farm has been growing and marketing organic produce since 1989. Here you will find 5-acres of gardens that incorporates the permaculture design principles on their farm. After an in-depth overview of their operation, participants will be assigned tasks and begin their ‘chores’.

The next day we’ll travel to Ellen Benek’s farm outside of Sandy Lake. In addition to an impressive organic garden, the Benek’s produce their own milk, yogurt and cheese from their goats. Once again, depending on what needs done at this time of the year will determine our chores for the morning.

Dr. Randall Wiesenmayer, professor of science education at West Virginia University will begin with the basics of the greenhouse effect and the presentation of evidence that the Earth’s climate is warming. But what mechanisms are causing these changes? Is this just a natural cycle like those that have occurred during the past millions of years, or are human activities the cause?

The last part of the workshop will be Steve Van Matre’s Contemplative Experience workshop. This workshop begins Wednesday evening from 6:30 – 9:30 PM and continues Thursday 9 AM – 5 PM. Steve will conduct this powerful workshop, as participants will have the opportunity to examine their personal relationship with the natural world.

Cost: $110, includes two nights lodging, lunch and dinner on Tuesday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Wednesday and breakfast and lunch on Thursday, instruction, books and materials.

 

Contemplative Experience. . .in the service of the Earth.

June 20-21, 2012

In these busy times it is easy to get so involved in our daily activities that we lost sight of where we are going in our lives. This workshop is designed to help us consider our personal relationship with the natural world and our role in the movement to sustain it. This is a time to ponder why we do what we do, and refine our own personal quest to be of service to both the planet’s natural systems and communities and its human passengers.

The environmental movement is the largest movement in human history, cutting across all geographic, political and spiritual boundaries. So where do we fit into that movement personally? What is the abstraction we champion, and how can we share it with others?

Cost: $145/person – includes workshop, Wednesday night lodging, dinner on Wednesday and breakfast and lunch on Thursday. The workshop is from 6:30 – 9:30 PM on Wednesday and 9 AM – 5 PM on Thursday. Once we receive your registration and payment, confirmation will be sent to you with detailed information about the workshop.

 

Interpretive Design & the dance of experience Workshop

June 22-23, 2012

Join us for a special workshop with Steve Van Matre.

Interpretation is the craft of enriching the experience of leisure visitors in places established for the public good. The world’s parks and preserves, gardens and galleries, museums and monuments are the jewels of our societies, set aside because they represent the natural and cultural treasures we want to celebrate today and share with others tomorrow. As a result, they are mission-driven places which also need to justify and garner support for what they are protecting. An interpreter translates the natural and cultural language of such places for its visitors, while immersing them in the essence of its purpose.

Interpretive designers create the leisure journeys that interpreters implement. Just as we have designers today for the buildings, signs, grounds, exhibits, and other components of our mission-driven public places, we need “interpretive designers” who focus on the most important component, the actual experience of the visitors who come. This is a new profession which works with the whole experience that other designers only facilitate in part. Interpretive designers help sites mold their interpretive facilities around the outcomes they intend rather than the structures they inherit. These designers create the interrelated experiential vehicles of interpretive service.

Interpretive Design is for all those who assist visitors in getting to know their public jewels – leisure sites from Aquaria to Zoos – and who aim to enrich those visitors’ experiences in meaningful and memorable ways.

Cost: $225/person – includes workshop, Friday night lodging, lunch and supper on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Workshop is from 9 AM – 5 PM on both Friday and Saturday. Once we receive your registration and payment, confirmation will be sent to you with detailed information about the workshop.

 

Hardwood Lumber Grading Short Course

July 23-26, 2012

The value of ‘rules conscious’ employees is a more carefully manufactured product, a more profitable yield from the log, and a better sense of the value of the lumber being handled. This four-day course will include a thorough study and explanation of the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) Rules Book, emphasizing the basics of hardwood lumber inspection.

This popular course gives yardmen, sawyers, edgermen, sales and office staff, and management level personnel an introduction to lumber inspection. Our instructor is Barry Kibbey, inspector and instructor from the NHLA.

The cost of the course is $349 and includes ten meals, lunch on Monday through lunch on Thursday, three nights lodging, instruction and materials. You can register by downloading a registration flyer from McKeever’s website. From the home page, click the calendar tab, and then click on Hardwood Lumber Grading Short Course. You can also contact the center for more information.

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Stay a Day, Weekend or a Week

Jun 25, 2012   //   by McKeever Center   //   Blog, McKeever Center News  //  No Comments
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Did you know that you could rent the McKeever Center? Numerous groups and organizations rent the McKeever Center for their own events, whether they are churches, boy/girl scouts, 4-H, rotary or family reunions. McKeever is an excellent facility for businesses, non-profit organizations, colleges/universities and government agencies for staff retreats, workshops or conferences. The center offers a beautiful natural surrounding that enable groups to feel relaxed and at home.

Our three lodges combined can accommodate 156 overnight guests and our auditorium can seat 186 people. There are nine indoor meeting areas available for breakout sessions. The buildings are situated in a circle connected by a paved walkway creating a feeling of community for our groups.

In addition, the center offers two Retreat Houses, each house equipped with five semi-private bedrooms and five private bathrooms. These facilities are used primarily for organizations, colleges and businesses looking for an opportunity to get their staff away from the office, either to engage in long range planning or a staff retreat. If you are interested in renting the McKeever Center, call us at 724.376.1000 or e-mail at info@mckeever.org.

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Outdoor Programs for School Year 2012-13

Jun 25, 2012   //   by McKeever Center   //   Blog, McKeever Center News, School Programs  //  No Comments
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If your school is thinking about participating in one of our outdoor learning experiences next year, now is the time to start thinking about reserving a date. We have already scheduled quite a few schools for the Earthkeepers and Sunship Earth programs. A few slots are available for each of these programs.

Before the end of this school year, information will go out to all schools that have already participated in our day programs. This letter will enable you to request certain dates. Please remember, dates for the day programs are on a first-come, first served basis.

For those schools that cannot visit the McKeever Center, remember we can bring our “Where Energy Comes From” program to your school.

If you want to become more familiar with our educational programs, visit our website. From the home page, click on “School Programs.”

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Artist Bios For 9th Annual Nature Art Show This Weekend!

Sep 20, 2011   //   by McKeever Center   //   Blog, Events  //  No Comments
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9th Annual Nature Art ShowChandler Beatty

The striking combination of shadow and light, combined with beautiful color, best describes the artwork of Chandler Beatty. A realistic painter, whose favorite mediums are watercolor and acrylic, he loves to create detailed still lifes of common everyday objects with interesting compositions.

An avid sportsman who loves to hunt and fish, Beatty also enjoys painting scenes of nature and wildlife. Chandler has studied art at Youngstown State University, but basically is self taught. He has won numerous awards with his paintings.

 

Jocelyn Beatty

Colorful wildlife, rolling farmland and vivid flowers are common to Pennsylvania and the art of lifetime resident, Jocelyn Beatty. She focuses her love of nature, with luminous color, sharp details and strong compositions. Using a rich saturated palette, together with a strong primary light source, she produces beautiful high contrast paintings in watercolor and acrylic.

Jocelyn’s distinguished pieces have been exhibited in juried shows, invitational exhibits, and solo-shows, winning her numerous awards. “Wings n’ Water Festival, Stone Harbor, New Jersey, the “Nature Art Festival”, Jamestown, New York, “Southeastern Wildlife Exposition”, Charleston, South Carolina and “Easton Waterfowl Festival”, Easton, Maryland are some of the shows she had exhibited. She won the 2003 Pennsylvania Duck Stamp Competition. For 2005, her waterfowl art has been chosen for the Pennsylvania Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Print and the Governor’s Edition Print.

 

Larry Beckstein

Larry grew up in wildlife-rich northwestern Pennsylvania, where his on-going love of the outdoors underlies and motivates his work. His interest in capturing wildlife images on canvas and sketch pads had its beginning during his preteen years. He later refined his talent at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Larry is also a contributing artist to Ducks Unlimited, Waterfowl USA, National Wild Turkey Federation, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Whitetails Unlimited, and other similar organizations.

Larry has released over 50 limited edition prints from original paintings and sketches. Valued by outdoorsmen and collectors, these prints are part of both public and private collections in North America.

Larry is currently being published through Wild Wings and marketed through Cabela’s and Wild Wings dealers throughout the United States.

 

Jim Bortz

Nationally recognized painter Jim Bortz utilizes an inherent interest in nature and a passion for drawing as artistic motivation. A sportsman at heart, Jim’s paintings reflect the many days he spends afield. His love of the outdoors and the natural world feeds his thirst for knowledge about the subjects he paints. Lifelong pursuits such as wilderness camping, birding, fishing and hunting have provided a wealth of experience upon which the artist draws inspiration.  While earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Slippery Rock University, Bortz built the foundation for his understanding of ecology and natural history. This intimate knowledge and awareness is reflected in his unique artistic interpretations.

Jim’s paintings have been included multiple times in the prestigious Birds In Art exhibit along with their exclusive National Museum Tour. In 2010, he was awarded the Pennsylvania Game Commission Working Together For Wildlife conservation print. His work also appears regularly on the cover of Musky Hunter Magazine.

 

Tom Darby

Tom Darby is a native of Mercer County, PA. For Tom photography has become a natural extension of his everyday duties as an environmental steward of the region’s water resources. Capturing images on an almost daily basis has made him keenly aware of the effects that man has on the natural things we take for granted.

Tom is a member of the North American Nature Photographers Association and has exhibited his work on a local basis for the past 4 years. His work has been published commercially in the United States as well as in Europe. He is a member and co-founder of the Chilmark Pond Photographic Society and a founding board member of the Hermitage Historical Society. He specializes in natural landscape photography and employs digital art into his work occasionally using the latest computer technology.

 

Jake Dingel

Jacob Dingel is a native of Butler County and got his first DSLR camera in 2004.  His photos have won or placed in numerous contests held throughout Pennsylvania. Jake’s work has been published in magazines, catalogs, calendars, greeting cards, and used by numerous organizations on their websites and other publications. He enjoys photographing wildlife of northwestern Pennsylvania, and for the last several years has made annual trips to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

 

Tom Leech

A native to northwestern PA, Tom has been passionate about photography for many years. Since the age of 8 when he got his first camera, an old Kodak Brownie acquired at a garage sale for 25 cents, he has been wondering, “What do I photograph next?” Many cameras later and a transition into the digital era of photography, the question remains the same.

The world of digital cameras and editing software has opened new opportunities to take ordinary snap shots and turn them into something much more interesting. Although he continues to enjoy taking and printing photographs with a traditional style, a number of his works are products of this new approach. Much experimentation has occurred and the wandering continues in an effort to find new ways to make unique and pleasing compositions

 

Jeff McClearn

Jeff McClearn is a local Stoneboro artist working primarily in pencils and charcoal. Most of Jeff’s pieces are winter related because that is when he has time to draw, and also because, when you start with a fresh paper, the snow part is already done. Jeff has an art degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

Jack Paluh

Artist Jack Paluh resides in Northwestern Pennsylvania in the small borough of Waterford with his wife Marian and their three children. Jack was a “constant doodler” from the time he was old enough to hold a pencil. His teachers recognized Jack’s talents early and encouraged him to continue developing his art skills following high school.

“I often sketch or paint outdoors first to capture color and setting,” states Paluh, “then move indoors to refine the painting. Color and lighting are important aspects in my work. My goal is to have the viewer’s eyes flow comfortably through a piece and to draw them into the canvas. I want the person to feel as if they have visited the place I’m painting.”

Jack Paluh has received many honors in his career as a nature artist, but none more significant to him than meeting and talking with the people who have enjoyed and purchased his artwork. Whether at an art show or during a chance meeting in passing, Jack is never too busy to answer questions about his paintings or swap a few hunting stories.

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9th Annual Nature Art Show

Sep 13, 2011   //   by McKeever Center   //   Blog, Events  //  4 Comments
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September 23 – 25, 2011

Nature Artists will display and sell their artwork during McKeever’s annual fall event. Each gallery will be filled with an artist’s work that reflects the wonders and beauty of nature. Enjoy the day, as you walk between galleries on a tree-lined paved walkway. Hours of the show are:

9th Annual Nature Art ShowFriday: 6 – 9 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday: Noon – 4 PM

On Friday from 6 – 9 PM, Guitarist, Julie Harris will perform in the dining hall. Julie will be playing a mixture of classical, standard, and soft pop. Food and beverages will be served throughout the weekend and include cappuccino, latte, desserts, sandwiches, and wraps.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Artists include:
Chandler Beatty
Jocelyn Beatty
Larry Beckstein
Jim Bortz
Tom Darby
Jacob Dingel
Tom Leech
Jeff McClearn
Jack Paluh

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