Teacher Training: Adult Education

Educators’ Week   

June 5-11 , 2016: A full week-long training opportunity!

Join us for our 8th year experiencing the natural history of Ohio at Camp Oty’Okwa. The 700-acre camp is under conservation easement and includes a dedicated state nature preserve, beautiful woodlands, hiking trails, and wonderful rock outcrops. Participants will be encouraged to broaden their knowledge and learn techniques that will help them improve their skills as an educator.

The delicate balance of people, natural resource use, and technological advances is at the heart of many local, national, and global news stories. Throughout the week, participants will explore hands-on best practice strategies for introducing people to the natural world and these issues. Using their professional expertise and experience, top naturalists and educators from around the state will facilitate sessions using the camp and local resources. Sessions will provide opportunities to gain an understanding of topics related to state standards by immersing the participants in a natural setting and a stimulating learning environment.

Contact Cathy Knoop at cathy.h.knoop@gmail.com for more information.

2016 Ed Week Schedule

Registration flier 2016 Educators Week

Crane Hollow Preserve is pleased to announce that it is offering to formal and non-formal educators in Ohio. The scholarships will assist educators who are interested in participating in Educator’s Week held at Camp Oty’Okwa from June 5-11, 2016. 2016 Educators’ Week Scholarship Application

Presenters and Sponsors: Educators’ Week 2016


  • Camp Oty’Okwa, a 700+ acre site under conservation easement, owned by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio.
  • Crane Hollow Preserve, a dedicated state nature preserve with goals of preservation and environmental education.
  • Cathy and Paul Knoop, natural history classes for Ohio educators, environmental education workshops, and consultants for parks and schools on the development of outdoor classrooms.

Keynote Presenter and Performer:

  • Chris Rowlands – Chris is a nationally recognized performer and educator. He offers a creative blend of music, art, humor and education. His energetic performances are as inspiring as they are educational.

Confirmed presenters will include:

  • Betty Altfater – Retired HS Chemistry and Environmental Science teacher; Curriculum Development; Educator, Camp Oty’Okwa
  • David Apsley – Extension Specialist, Natural Resources, OSU Extension
  • Susan Condy – Natrualist and educator , Miami county Park district
  • Sue Cope – Naturalist and educator, Miami County Park District
  • Rick Gardner – Chief Botanist, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
  • Cinda Hanbuch-Pinkerton – Environmental Education Specialist, Miami County Park District
  • John Hickenbottom – Naturalist, Lake Hope Park
  • Tom Hissong – Education Coordinator, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
  • Doug Horvath – Naturalist and story teller, Appleseed Connections
  • Cathy Knoop – Experiential Education: Population, Environmental, and Cultural Education.
  • Olivia Kittle – Science teacher and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist
  • Paul Knoop – Environmental Educator, Natural Areas Consultant and Naturalist
  • Mandy Martin – Naturalist, Miami County Park District
  • Rebecca Miller – Educator, Hocking County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Derek and Lisa Mills – Heritage Apple Orchard
  • Steve McKee – Ast. Director and Educator/Naturalist, Gorman Nature Center
  • Joe Moosbrugger – Ast. Preserve Manager, Crane Hollow Preserve
  • Mike Nicolai – Educator, Cincinnati Zoo
  • Tim Pinkerton – STARBASE D.O.D. STEM education, retired science teacher
  • Pat Quackenbush – Naturalist Supervisor, Ohio State Parks SE District
  • Joanne Rebbeck, Ph.D., Research Plant Physiologist, Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
  • Mark Schiller – Comprehensive Science and Horticulture teacher; cactus and succulent expertise
  • Katrina Schultes – Wildlife Biologist, Wayne National Forest
  • Marcey Shafer – Wildlife Management, Environmental Interpretation; Naturalist, Clear Creek Metro Park
  • Tom Shisler – Director and Educator/Naturalist, Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Fairfiled County Historical Parks
  • Ray Showman – Author, Lichens of Ohio, Researcher
  • Heather Stehle – Executive Director/Site Manager, Crane Hollow Preserve
  • Jeff Swackhammer – Cheese making expertise
  • Dr. Almuth Tschunko – Retired, Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences,          


For additional information: Cathy Knoop 740-603-3911 or cathy.h.knoop@gmail.com