Anatomy in Clay Workshop

I received this email asking me to pass this on to KABT members.

ESSDACK based at Hutchinson, KS will be offering the two-day hands-on human anatomy training using the “Anatomy In Clay” manikins on October 27 and 28 of 2015. Mr. Dan Whisler, who teaches human anatomy and physiology at Sterling High School and has already trained over 100 teachers in Kansas, will be facilitating this workshop at ESSDACK! We have already ordered the take home manikins for teacher participants in order to have them available at the workshop but Dan told me that he has a few manikins for teachers to use during the two-day workshop if more teachers still want to attend!

Workshop participants in latter October will receive a “buy 4 get 1 free” discount coupon from Anatomy In Clay to use to purchase more manikins if desired after the training to use back in their anatomy classrooms! Several hospitals have also helped previous teacher attendees acquire manikin stations for their school to then use over and over since the hands on approach to teaching high school anatomy has encouraged more students to then go into health care fields after high school.

Have teachers call Pam at 620-663-9566 to enroll for the workshop and get further details! I just thought that I would reach out to your biology teachers belonging to your association in case a few would like to attend. Aside from ESSDACK, teachers usually have to go to Denver or Tulsa to get this training!

Clelia McCrory, ESSDACK Grants/CTE. Cell: 620-694-9289

Environmental Leadership Institute

The Kansas 4-H Environmental Leadership Institute, a joint project between the Kansas 4-H Foundation, Rock Springs 4-H Center, K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Association of Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE), is looking for veteran and pre-service teachers to receive high quality environmental education training and serve as facilitators for a week long residential environmental leadership camp for 10-14 year olds this August 3-9.

Participants will receive training and take home Project WILD, Project Learning Tree, Teaming with Insects and Exploring Your Environment, 9 curriculum guides filled with hundred’s of hands-on activities and lessons.  50 professional development hours, lodging and meals at Rock Springs 4-H Center and a $100 stipend are also provided.

Please visit to see the flyer for more information and the application instructions.  Applications will be accepted till all spots are filled.  Contact Mandy Kern, Environmental Leadership Institute Coordinator at or 620-412-1725 for more information.

Please also encourage your students aged 10-14 to attend the camp August 5-9 at Rock Springs 4-H Center.  Participants will identify aquatic life, test predictions, measure diversity of plants, animals an insects, conserve natural resources, observe ecosystems, cast animal tracks, discover forestry, study animal adaptations, take a night hike, participate in an enviro-quiz bowl and skill-a-thon, learn how to start their own community environmental project and hear from expert guest speakers about the environment.  For more information for campers – visit the 4-H Event Registration page at


KABT 2012 Election Results

Congratulations to the following officers. The term begins January 2013 and ends December 2014.

President – Julie Schwarting

President-Elect – Noah Busch

Vice-President – Drew Ising

Secretary – Pat Wakeman

Treasurer – Michael Ralph

Representatives: Region 1 – Jenna Shepherd, Region 2 – Pat Lamb, Region 3 – Eric Kessler, Region 4 – Jesi Rhoades

At-Large Representatives: Craig Ackerman, Chris Ollig, Kelley Tuel, & Lisa Volland



KABT Fall Conference

Thanks to Pat Lamb for planning and all who presented and attended to make this year’s Fall Conference successful. Below is a summary of the presentations along with web sites mentioned by each presenter.

Valerie Wright discussed the Konza Environmental Educational Program that students across the state are participating at their locations as well as on The Konza. Students become the researchers and collect data that can be entered into The Konza’s data base. Teachers can have their students record phenology data (first events such as recording when a plant blooms for the first time each year) on their web site and compare year after year. To view data forms and databases go to If you want to know more about the Konza Prairie go to

Students can test their nature-knowledge by participating in an area Ecomeet. Students test in four areas: habitat, focus test, scavenger hunt and interpretation.  To learn more about area ecomeets go to

Noah Busch presented on using Daphnia in the classroom. Effects of chemicals and temperature on heart rate can be studied as well as anatomy, phototactic behavior, and predator response. For more information friend Noah Busch here on

Dr. Eva Horne and Dr. Robbie Bear from KSU listed web sites for programs to help with active learning. Some of these sites are:

Dr. Tony Joern and Adam Skibbe presented recent data collected using GIS on Konza Prairie to determine density distribution of bison. They took KABT on a tour of the Konza and let us view the bison.

Harry McDonald, with Kansas Citizens for Science, invited all to attend the Science Cafe on November 8. For more information go to

Thanks again to all who attended. Next year we will have the Fall Conference at the KU Field Station. We look forward to having you!

Fall Conference Info…

Enjoy the season and the prairie and join us at the KABT Fall Conference in the Meeting Hall at the Konza Biological Field Station in Manhattan on Saturday, September 10.

Some of the sessions planned are Algal Blooms by the State Department, Backyard Brains by Eric Kessler, Milford Nature Center will present on the Eco-meet, Valerie Wright, the Konza Environmental Educator, will speak on studies at the Konza and take us on a walk on the Konza. The use of GIS in working with bison will also be discussed. For more information on the Konza Prairie visit

Go to to map out your hike and come early or stay later (open dawn until dusk) to hike up to 6 miles on the Konza Prairie.

Registration will be from 8:30-9:00 and the conference will last until 4PM. It will be $35 for the conference (which includes a one-year membership as well as lunch). Directions are available at

We hope to see you on the 10th!