Keynote Address

Friday, May 15

LoriAnne Barnett is the USA-National Phenology Network’s Education Coordinator. She develops Nature’s Notebook curriculum for formal and non-formal settings and teaches program planning and volunteer management. She has taught both youth and adults the importance of place and connection to the natural world and serves as an advocate underrepresented audiences in science and education.

LoriAnne holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a M.A. in Environmental Science and Environmental Education from Prescott College in Arizona.  She serves as President of the Arizona Association for Environmental Education and Executive Director of the Arizona Master Naturalist Association


Capnote Address

Sunday, May 17

John Noltner has been telling stories with words and images for twenty years for national magazines, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit organizations. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Forbes Magazine, Midwest Living, and the New York Daily News, among other publications.

Since 2009, Noltner has been asking people the simple (or not so simple) question, “What does peace mean to you?” for his multimedia arts project, A Peace of My Mind. He has driven 40,000 miles across the country, meeting with diverse subjects, photographing them, and recording their personal stories exploring the meaning of peace. A Peace of My Mind has been presented at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, The Sojourners Summit for Change, Everyday Democracy, the Peace and Justice Studies Association, the Gandhi-King Conference on Nonviolence and the Dayton International Peace Museum. A Peace of My Mind represents Noltner’s belief that art and storytelling have the power to transform our hearts as well as our communities.


Bonus Friday Night Speaker! 

Friday, May 15

Bob King fell in love with the night sky and astronomy when he was a kid and loves to share his passion with people of all ages. He grew up in Illinois and moved to Duluth in 1979 to work as a photographer and photo editor at the Duluth News Tribune. He retired from the paper in 2018 after 39 years. Bob writes a regular astronomy blog called Astro Bob as well as articles for the online magazine Sky & Telescope and its website. He's taught community education astronomy classes at the UMD planetarium for many years. His books "Night Sky with the Naked Eye" and "Wonders of the Night Sky You Must See Before You Die" describe the joys of observing the stars. Bob's third book, "Urban Legends of Space," which published last fall, examines science vs. pseudoscience in astronomy. 

Photo of LoriAnne Barnett

LoriAnne Barnett

Education Coordinator - University of Arizona

Photo of John Noltner

John Noltner

Founder, A Peace of My Mind

Bob King sitting with a telescope

Bob King

Astro Bob