The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) will play akey role in this year’s New England Environmental Education Alliance(NEEEA) Conference October 15-17, 2004 to be held at the beautiful BreadLoaf Campus of M i ddlebury College in Ripton, VT. Marcia Whitney, VINSDirector of Statewide Education, is co-chair of the conference andchairs the Fundraising/Sponsorship Committee and Lisa Purcell, VINS ELFProgram Director, chairs its Field Trip Committee. Other VINS staff serveon committees as well.This year’s conference theme is “Opening Doors: Collaboration StrengthensOur Voice to Build Sustainable Communities”. The conference is co-hostedby Vermont SWEEP (State-wide Environmental Education Programs) andMiddlebury College. Keynote speakers include Mayor Peter Clavelle ofBurlington, community leaders, city decision makers, educators and youthas they share Burlington’s story of creating a sustainable city. Thethree-day event will also feature seven different field trips such asexploring Lake Champlain, learning about cold region environments, andvisiting a sustainable agriculture farm; 40 different educationalworkshops; entertainment; food; and a silent auction. The conference isopen to environmental organizations, teachers and schools, outdooreducators, museums, farm & forest centers, nature centers, youth leaders,parents, and anyone else interested in environmental education.For acomplete conference brochure, go to http://www.vermontsweep.org(link is external).Registration is due by September 28th.The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is a non-profit, member-supportedorganization headquartered in Woodstock, Vermont, with regional offices inMontpelier, Manchester, and Quechee. VINS’ educational programs servemore than 80,000 adults and 72,000 students each year, making it thelargest environmental educator in the State of Vermont. They have longbeen a leading research center for the study of migratory songbirds,common loons, peregrine falcons, and other threatened or endangeredspecies. VINS’ wildlife services department has treated and releasedthousands of injured wild birds of all species since their inception in1972. For more information, please visit their website atwwww.vinsweb.org(link is external) or contact them at (802) 457-2779.