2013 APHE National Humane Education Conference

  • April 11, 2013
  • April 12, 2013
  • Detroit Zoological Society in Royal Oak, MI


(depends on selected options)

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Join APHE for two great days packed with amazing presentations and professional networking opportunities. This is the national conference for humane educators!
Click here to download the conference program.

 Conference Sponsors
Thanks to the generous sponsors supporting the 2013 APHE National Humane Education Conference and the Nathania Gartman Memorial Scholarship Fund.  For sponsorship opportunities, please contact treasurer@aphe.org.
Nathania Gartman Memorial Scholarship Fund Sponsors

 Registration Information
Registration is $225 for APHE members and $275 for non-members. This fee includes two days of conference sessions with lunch and break refreshments, the pre-conference mixer on Wednesday evening, and dinner on Thursday evening.
All food provided by APHE will be vegetarian or vegan.

Register by clicking the "register" button in the grey box at the top of this Web page.

See below for scholarship information.

 Conference Location
The conference will take place at the Detroit Zoo at 8450 W 10 Mile Rd. in Royal Oak, MI.  Tours of the facility will be available during the conference.

Conference Schedule
Wednesday, April 10th: Pre-Conference Mixer 
Thursday, April 11th: Conference Sessions, including Sharing Corral, APHE Membership Meeting, Dinner and Auction
Friday, April 12th: Conference Sessions  
Saturday, April 13th: Optional Excursion (additional fee) 

                              Topics and Speakers
                         Thursday Sessions
Center for Zoo Animal Welfare by Lauri Torgerson-White and Elizabeth Arbaugh (Detroit Zoological Society)
Fostering Youth Empowerment: Student Led Service Learning Projects by Kim Korona and Mickey Kudia (HEART, Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers)
Animal Minds: The Starting Point of Humane Education by Kathleen Allspaw (Humane Society University) and Sarah M. Bexell (Humane Society University and University of Denver)
How to Speak Dog - Reading Canine Body Language by Khris Erickson (Humane Animal Welfare Society)
What's Your Style? Reaching All Learning Styles for a Meaningful and Stylish Presentation by Karly Noel (RedRover) 
Planning for Success: Using Logic Models as a Road Map by Lisa Lunghofer (Making Good Work, LLC
                          Friday Sessions
Humane Education Activities in Green Teacher by Tim Grant (Green Teacher Magazine)
Service Learning: Madonna University Collaborations Locally and Abroad by Andrew Domzalski, Boguslawa Gatarek, Veronica Riha, Michelle Proctor (Madonna University) 
The Business of Humane Education by Heidi Parker Colonna (Humane Society University) 

When Happy Tales Are Not Enough: The Need for Collaboration and Research in Justifying the Effectiveness of Humane Education Programs by Amy Johnson (Teacher's Pet), Annmarie Cano (Wayne State University), and Rita Casey (Wayne State University) 

Poised for Success: Expanding and Refining Your Summer Camp Program by Michelle Ramos and Rachael Gardner (Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA) 
Engaging the Under-Engaged through Humane Education by Corrie Schueller and Holly Wetzel (Animal Humane Society) 
Help a Habitat: Holistic Approach to Giving a Hopeful Future to Local Species by Shawn Sweeney (Jane Goodall Institute) 

                           Sharing Corral
Conference attendees have the opportunity to showcase their new and innovative programs, lessons and resources at the Sharing Corral. Participants will display information and talk to attendees during the morning break and lunch on Thursday, April 11.

Use the PDF or Word form to apply by February 15, 2013. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Space is limited. Apply today! Please contact exhibits@aphe.org with any questions.

 Vendor Opportunities
Do you have something that you would like to sell at the conference? Apply for a vendor booth today! Vendor booths will be open to attendees during breaks and lunch on Friday, April 12. View the PDF or Word form for more information and to register by March 8, 2013. Please contact exhibits@aphe.org with any questions.
                       Dinner and Benefit Auction
Join us on Thursday, April 11th for a complimentary dinner coupled with silent and live auctions to benefit the Nathania Gartman Memorial Scholarship Fund. Quality humane education materials as well as fun items in a range of prices will be included.

Contributions from individuals, businesses, and organizations are critical to the success of the benefit auction. The valuable and unique items contributed from around the country are what make this auction so special. APHE encourages its members to solicit donations or to donate your special purchases to help raise money for this vital cause.

Donation form to complete PDF Word 

For questions or more information, 
please contact us at auction@aphe.org.
If you would like to volunteer to help with setting up the auction, conducting the auction, or cleaning up after the auction, please contact us at auction@aphe.org.  

 Optional Excursion - Growing Humane in Detroit 
On Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., we'll take a bus tour throughout Detroit that showcases some of the blossoming grassroots urban gardening initiatives happening in the city.  Our tour will be led by the Urban Garden Program Manager at Greening of Detroit. To learn more about the powerful urban gardening movement happening in Detroit, watch the Urban Roots trailer at www.urbanrootsamerica.com
We'll conlude our tour with a locally-sourced lunch prepared by People's Kitchen Detroit which will include a discussion surrounding the potential to use humane education as a tool for social change in Detroit.
 The $45 fee for this optional excursion includes transportation, lunch, and donations to each organization.

 Nathania Gartman Memorial 
Scholarship Fund
Do You Need Financial Assistance to Attend the APHE National Humane Education Conference? APHE members in good standing for at least eight months may apply for financial assistance through the Nathania Gartman Memorial Fund. Scholarship awards are intended to offset part of the cost of attending (travel, registration, lodging). Full scholarships are not awarded. 

Use the PDF or Word form to apply. Complete applications must be received by February 11, 2013. To be eligible, applicants must have joined APHE no later than August 11, 2012.

For further information contact, Beth Karzes, Scholarship Committee Chair at bkarzes@sonomahumane.org.

                                Hotel Information

The Westin Southfield at 1500 Town Center in Southfield, MI is offering rooms for $109 plus tax per night.  Rooms will be available at this rate until March 18, 2013.
APHE will provide transportation between the hotel and the Detroit Zoo each morning and afternoon.

 Airport Information
The 2013 APHE National Humane Education Conference is taking place in Metro Detroit.  The local airport is Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). 
You can also travel to the Conference via Amtrak or Greyhound.
For transportation between the airport and the hotel, we suggest using Metro Cars or Metro Airport Taxi.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact us at conference@aphe.org.
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