GENI's GeoFest Events

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2012 October 12-13, Brown County State Park Schedule, GeoFest Pictorial

2009 October 9-10, Clifty Falls State Park Schedule

2007 October 12-13, Pokagon State Park
It was another great weekend at an Indiana State Park!  GENI had GeoFest 2007, a standards-based workshop, at Pokagon State Park in Angola, Indiana.  Discover what fun you can have at GENI's annual GeoFest event... Resources    Schedule    GeoFest Pictorial

2006 October 13-14, Clifty Falls State Park Schedule, GeoFest Pictorial

2005 October 14-15, Brown County State Park Schedule, GeoFest Pictorial

2004 October 9-10, Spring Mill State Park
Sink holes galore!  What better setting for the study of Karst Topography?  GENI brought in Keynote Speaker Dr. Michael Guebert from Taylor University to share his expertise on Karst Topography for GeoFest 2004.  He provided participants with a fantastic lecture accompanied by numerous slides and personal research from around the country Friday evening.  A follow-up field experience was led by Dr. Guebert on Saturday as participants explored the beautiful Karst landscape of Spring Mill State Park.  This year's GAW theme of "Cultures-The Sounds of Place" was also brought to life by sessions on China, Russia, and Teaching About Culture with Authentic Resources.  Jim Schmidt, TC from Penn High School and GENI representative to the National Geographic 2004 GAW workshop, also provided a session on resources and activities for the theme.  Participants enjoyed orienteering again this year and a session on GIS in the classroom with super hands-on activities.  A special thanks to the Park and Spring Mill Inn, as well as all of our presenters.  We hope you will join us for GeoFest 2005 at Brown County State Park October 14-15, 2005!
Schedule, GeoFest Pictorial

2003 October 10-11, Pokagon State Park

It was another great fall event with beautiful weather in a fabulous setting.  We returned to the wonderful Pokagon State Park and Potawatomi Inn for a super geography experience.  Hot themes this year included the 2003 Geography Awareness Week Theme:  Habitats.  Back by popular demand was the Saturday morning orienteering experience and a NEW afternoon GPS field experience.  Additional sessions included Lewis and Clark in the classroom break-outs for Elementary and Secondary levels and another field experience examining the local environment of Pokagon.  We kicked off the event with a keynote speaker Friday evening, followed by the annual night hike.  Participants were provided handouts for each session and this year’s program include a detailed list of the standards covered by each session.
View Schedule of Events, GeoFest Pictorial


2002 October 11-12, McCormick's Creek State Park

Each year we are challenged to provide teachers with and even better GeoFest than the year before and once again, we rose to meet that challenge.  Back at the beautiful McCormick's Creek State Park in Spencer, Indiana participants enjoyed another adventurous night hike, led by a park naturalist.  Again we had two field experience sessions:  orienteering in the fall foliage with Jim Mayrose of Indiana State University, and experiencing the natural environment of McCormick's Creek with hand lenses, led by Dr. Jim Speer (Dendroecology/Physical Geography professor), also from Indiana State.   Roger Hedge, Naturalist & Botanist with the Indiana Division of Nature Preserves, kicked off the event Friday night with a presentation on "Public Lands in Indiana."  Additional sessions on the 2002 GA Theme "Public Lands" included Melissa Martin (GENI), Ted Springer (Pierce Middle School), Bill Hale (GENI), and Karen Grimes Cooper (St. Andrew the Apostle School).  Lou Camilotto (McCutcheon High School) presented on "Historic Architecture in Your Community" while Patricia Gillogly (Indiana Junior Historical Society) spoke about "Following Indiana's Historic Highways."  Great classroom activities/resources were provided by all.  The newly remodeled Canyon Inn was yet again a most gracious host for our event.  We hope you can join us next year, October 10-11, when we return to Pokagon State Park and the Potowatomi Inn for GeoFest 2003!
Schedule of Events, GeoFest Pictorial

2001 October 12-13, Pokagon State Park

We had yet another great fall event at the beautiful Pokagon State Park in Angola, Indiana.  The Park provided a wonderful setting for a night hike, another year of orienteering in the fall foliage, and other geography break-out sessions.  The Potowatomi Inn was a gracious host for our lodging, dining, and meeting space needs.  Dr. Peter Hippensteel of Tri-State University kicked off the event Friday night with a presentation on “Rivers in Indiana.”  Naturalist, Brad Bumgardner then took participants on an informative and entertaining night hike.  Saturday morning, Jim Mayrose of Indiana State University challenged some to a course on orienteering while Sue and Bill Linder of Perry Meridian Middle School presented the JASON PROJECT to those who wished to stay inside.  Jim Schmidt of Penn High School and Melissa Martin (middle school educator on sabbatical) followed with presentations on "Mission Geography" and "Geography Awareness Week."  After lunch, Lou Camilotto of McCutcheon High School presented on "Architecture in Your Community" while Patricia Gillogly of the Indiana Junior Historical Society spoke about "Indiana and the Underground Railroad."  Our afternoon was wrapped up by Karen Grimes Cooper of St. Andrew the Apostle and Ted Springer of Harrison Middle School sharing their experiences in Alaska over the summer for the JASON PROJECT.  They also provided some great classroom activities related to the Project. Additional resources were highlighted:  “Indiana in the World”, Chris McGrew, Indiana Department of Education;“Hoosier Riverwatch”, Indiana Department of Natural Resources; Materials from the Center for the Study of Global Change and the International Resource Center, Indiana University Bloomington.
Schedule of Events

2000 October 13-1, McCormick's Creek State Park

GENI’s first Fall Geofest was a hit!  McCormick’s Creek State Park, Indiana’s oldest park, provided an excellent setting for showcasing Fall in Indiana.  The Canyon Inn (1916) was a gracious host for comfortable overnight lodging, and for our dining and meeting space needs.  Our participants enjoyed an interesting presentation Friday night by Dr. Catherine Souch of Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis.  Her topic was glaciology and climate change.  Saturday morning’s 8 a.m. activity got the blood flowing and mind working early.  Jim Mayrose challenged everyone with several orienteering exercises amongst Indiana’s beautiful fall foliage.  Dorothy Drummond, Gloria Massey and Diane Eltzroth finished off the morning for us with an eye-opening presentation on a decade of change in China, including classroom activities.  Jim Schmidt brought interest to GENI’s international institutes as he shared his experiences in the Yucatan Peninsula as a participant of that institute in the summer of 1998.  Karen Grimes Cooper wrapped up our Geofest with National Geography Awareness Week activities to use in the classroom.  Click on the photos below to see our participants and presenters in action. Schedule