by John F. Borowski
Florida's Orange County Convention Center is big. Big enough to hold the Sears Tower if you laid it on its side. So big you could walk ten miles and never leave the cement behemoth. Its electric bill is $325,000 per month.
This hulking structure in Orlando seemed appropriate for the carnival-like setting of the National Science Teachers Convention, held April 6-9, 2000. It was the largest gathering of educators in the nation: more than 14,000 science teachers and hundreds of exhibitors passing out armloads of pamphlets, packets, books, stickers, posters, and other educational goodies. But though there were a handful of conservation groups at the event, those of us sitting at the Native Forest Council booth were clearly in the minority.