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Summer Conferences

 

Young Environmental Stewards’ Conference: Virtual Eco-Challenge Edition

July 13-20, pk彩票

pk彩票Students standing at the edge of the Chester River with paddles in hand.

This weeklong virtual conference will challenge you to discover the place you call pk彩票, “who” shares the outdoor space with you, how eco-healthy is your “neighborhood”, and what can you do to become an #environmentalinfluencer? Using the Eco-Challenge as a launching pad, and Canvas as our on-line platform, we will combine real-time & on-your-own time learning and doing. The program is designed to allow you to work at a comfortable pace, but gain valuable skills and experience. 

You’ll spend the week exploring the connections between you and your space. Each day, we will begin by exploring a specific topic as a group in a short remote session. You’ll then follow this up on your own later that day, pursuing an outdoor exploration.  That’s right, you will still have the opportunity to “get in the field” with this conference! Instead of exploring our backyard and the Chester River, we will help you explore your own neighborhood and local waterways. If you don’t have access to one, we can help you find one that is accessible, or even make a river in a bottle. We’ll provide you with various tools and instruments that you’ll need to undertake these investigations. You will also be able to choose your own adventure and explore one of the four opportunities below:

  • Where do I live? What’s my Watershed?
  • How’s my neighborhood doing? Ecosystem Health and Eco-conscious land use.
  • Who shares this space with me? Biodiversity of the watershed with One Small Square of Backyard.
  • What lies beneath my local waterway? Using technology, Aquabotz, to explore the bottoms.
  • Choose your own adventure! Which topic is most interesting in your understanding of your place?
    • Social Science & Environmentalism: Environmental Justice
    • Mapping out the Stories of pk彩票: Story Mapping GIS
    • History of my place & its people: Archaeology
    • Save the World—well at least do my part: Environmental Stewardship in Action

    What do these modules involve, and how will they come together?

    FIELD WORK AND OUTDOOR EXPLORATION

    You’ll spend the week exploring the connections between you and your space. Each day, we will begin by exploring a specific topic as a group in a short remote session. You’ll then follow this up on your own later that day, pursuing an outdoor exploration.  That’s right, you will still have the opportunity to “get in the field” with this conference! Instead of exploring our backyard and the Chester River, we will help you explore your own neighborhood and local waterways. If you don’t have access to one, we can help you find one that is accessible, or even make a river in a bottle. We’ll even provide you with various tools and instruments that you’ll need to undertake these investigations.

    After each of these explorations, we will gather as a group and discuss your discoveries. That will lead us to the next phase of investigation, discussing another topic as a group and then pursuing it individually. Some of these explorations may be done in small teams, linking you with one or two team-mates for a joint investigation.

    Toward the end of the program, we will look for common themes and links. We will develop a joint statement on how we value our own neighborhoods and environments and what we can do to protect them. Finally, we’ll look at how the skills and knowledge you have gained might help you in applying to college or in the work world. 

    KITS

    As a conference participant, you will receive a kit of tools to help you accomplish the outdoor exploration components of the conference. This kit will include: Aquabotz, Binoculars, Nature Journal, activities, and of course, a t-shirt & Washington College Swag!

    A deposit of $150 will ensure that your kit is sent straight to your door, with a prepaid return label. After the conclusion of the conference, we will refund your deposit as soon as your kit is returned. Once you register for the conference, we will be in contact about the best way to get you the tool kit!

    Fees and Deadlines 

    Program Fee: $200 – scholarships available, more information provided in application

    Refundable Deposit: $150

    If you decide you would like to apply and enroll at Washington College, you will receive a $1,000 Engagement Credit towards your Financial Aid package.

    June 1: Scholarship Application Submission Deadline
    June 15: Scholarship Notification Deadline
    June 26: Conference Registration Deadline

    For questions regarding cost and registration, please contact Jemima Clark at jclark5@.

    To register for the conference, please visit /YESC.

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    Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference

    July 15-18, pk彩票

    pk彩票Students posing at the young writers' conference.

    pk彩票 to the famous Sophie Kerr Prize (the largest undergraduate writing prize in the country), Washington College has made a name for itself as a school for writers, a place where aspiring poets, novelists, and memoirists can study with prize-winning authors to hone their craft. At the Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference, high school students experience the literary community that Washington College has to offer and discover the many opportunities available to undergraduates: internships and funding grants in publishing, writing, and editing; a host of student-run publications; and the chance to serve as editorial screeners on Cherry Tree, Washington College’s national literary journal.

    This year’s conference will take place online, and will offer the same great writing faculty, the same great craft talks and readings, and the same great literary camaraderie as in years past. Students participate in intensive creative writing workshops in their choice of genre (poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction). They discuss literature at the college level with current English faculty, attend online craft talks, and participate in virtual open mic readings.

    Fees and Deadlines

    Program Fee $295 (includes College Admissions Essay workshop) - scholarships available, more information provided in application

    If you decide you would like to apply and enroll at Washington College, you will receive a $1,000 Engagement Credit towards your Financial Aid package.

    June 15: Application Submission Deadline 

    For any questions about the conference, please contact Dr. James Hall, Conference Coordinator, at jhall5@ or (410) 778-7845.

    To submit an application to attend the conference, please visit /YWC.

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    Freedom in American Political Thought

    July 14-17, pk彩票

    Conducted by the Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture, this Summer High School Program, Freedom in American Political Thought, gives up to 8 students the rare opportunity to explore the meaning of freedom in American political thought. The Program allows students to be truly immersed in an exciting academic environment and affords students an understanding of the dynamic intellectual life at Washington College. 

    Throughout this unique program participants will join seminars with elected officials, senior leaders in national think tanks, and professors from across the country. Program participants will apply these leaders’ insights to their conversations as they examine freedom in relation to historical turning points including the American Revolution, founding the United States Constitution, the Civil War, and formulating the New Deal. We conclude the program by studying the contested meanings of freedom in American political thought today. 

    Participants begin to build their own libraries of classic works in American political thought by receiving a personal copy of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, the highly influential 1835 book Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, the First and Second Inaugural Addresses and the Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, and a reader containing speeches and essays by leading officials and thinkers throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. 

    Fees and Deadlines 

    Program Fee: $200 – scholarships available, more information provided in application

    If you decide you would like to apply and enroll at Washington College, you will receive a $1,000 Engagement Credit towards your Financial Aid package.

    June 1: Scholarship Application Submission Deadline
    June 15: Scholarship Notification Deadline
    June 26: Conference Registration Deadline

    For questions regarding cost and registration, please contact Coleen Beddick at cbeddick3@.

    To register for the conference, please visit /IRPC-SummerConference.