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26th Annual Science in the South Conference 

Outdoors at Touch of Nature, May 12, 2022.

Let's learn about nature outdoors! We are moving the conference outdoors, exploring and learning about southern Illinois at it's best!  

K-12 educators from across the region will join together, and learn hands on, about plants, herpetology, rock morphology, night sky astronomy, microbes in water and much more.  Whether you are a first-year teacher looking for new ideas or a veteran teacher looking for ways to energize your classroom. The Science in the South conference provides ample opportunities to: connect with other educators, explore, learn, and earn PD credits and to just have a great time! Don’t miss this opportunity to walk away with ready-to-use, hands-on activities and lesson plans for all grade levels! 


PDHs:  Earn up to 4.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for attending and participating. 

Conference Schedule and Map

Call for Presentations

K-12 educators are encouraged to bring their best practice to engage other teachers from across Illinois. All educators are invited to present live, a lab or hybrid teaching method/techniques, on any science-related topics that would be of interest to K-12 science teachers.  Presenters will attend at a reduced fee and may add an ISTA membership.  Email a completed proposal form to 618-453-5680 or rdycus@siu.edu. Proposals are due by April 1, notification of acceptance will be sent April 7 after a review by the conference committee for acceptance. Please review the NSTA Minimum Safety Guidelines.

Approved presenters will be sent a registration after approval is sent out.  Please do not register until you have been notified of your presentation status. 

Call for Proposals Form

Exhibitors 

Join the conference as we move outdoors. Exhibitor space will be next to the check-in area and indoor sessions. A limited number of exhibitor spaces is available for both commercial and non-commercial vendors. Choose an indoor or outside space - both include a 6' table with 2 chairs, continential breakfast and lunch for two. Electric and adding extra personnel attending are options available for purchase. 

Exhibitor Registration Form

Event Support

Sponsorship of the event is available, if you wish to sponsor a portion of the event, please contact Rebecca Dycus at 618/453-1141.