2017 - Past, Present, Future - T Bar M Retreat - New Braunfels, TX


Keynote Speaker: Jose Gonzalez, Founder, Latino Outdoors

Yo Cuento: Nature Para Todos

José González is an experienced educator in formal and informal education settings with an array of associated interests in the arts, education, conservation, and the environment. In his capacity developing Latino Outdoors, José looks forward to opportunities and collaborating with organizations seeking to diversify their outdoor and conservation programs. He is available for trainings, workshops, and speaking engagements around these topics.


Featured Speaker: Charles Walter, Director, Mayborn Museum, Baylor University

ISEA at 20: What’s Next?

Charlie is the Director of the Sue and Frank Mayborn Natural Science and Cultural History Museum Complex on the Baylor University campus in Waco, Texas. He has been involved with museums for more than 30 years and has spent the past two decades in executive positions at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and the San Antonio Children’s Museum. Charlie is a founding member of the ISEA organization, a strategic thinker, and a nationally respected thought leader in the museum field.  



Joanne Baptista, DeAndra Ramsey, The Houston Zoo

Creating an inclusive experience for visitors with disabilities

Sarah Coles and Susan Rowe, Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History and Lubbock Lake Landmark

On the Hunt for Pokeman: Understanding Biological Concepts using Pokemon Go™

Judy York, ESC Region 12

ISEA Education Committee--Improve collaboration and increase the use of quality program evaluation

Johnnie Smith, Texas Parks and Wildlife

May the Forest (Literacy) Be With You: A Framework for Educating Texas' K-12 Students About Forests

Misty Bowie, Texas Project Learning Tree

Teaching "Big Science" to little minds: the power of stories and hands-on learning

Aaron Swink, Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center


Special Session: Best Practices in Equity and Diversity in Hiring and Recruiting

David Buggs, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Texas Parks and Wildlife

Light and Spectroscopy - Astronomy Tools of the Trade in the Informal Learning Space

Keely Finkelstein & Marc Wetzel, McDonald Observatory

Getting Kids Interested in Science Through Service

Jennifer Himstedt, Little Helping Hands, and Audrey Stewart, Treefolks

How to successfully increase participation of underrepresented students in STEM outreach programs

Dawn Hunter, Texas Advanced Computing CenterLeveraging After

School Science Clubs to Improve Learning Options for Students and Educators

Alan Small, Texas Partnership for Out of School Time

Nature Play and You: Incorporating Nature Play into Your Programs

Anna Lewis, Dallas Zoo and Children's Aquarium at Fair Park

Leveraging Effective Formal/Informal Partnerships: Meeting Teacher, Student, Institutional and Funder Needs

Lucy Hale, Trinity River Audubon Center, Dustin Miller, Dallas Arboretum; Jessie Crowley, Perot Museum of Nature & Science;Theresa Coble, UMSL

Workshop: Reflecting on Practice: a professional learning program for informal STEM educators

Kristin Evans and Sara Pelleteri, University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Workshop: Exploring Electricity – Take a shocking ride from power to ground

Riley Calderon, Rory McDougal, and Karen Wylie, Thinkery

Workshop: Citizen Science

Joanne Baptista, Didey Montoya & Katelyn Wamsted, Texas Girls Collaborative Project and Heather Russon, 4-H CAPITAL