Native Knowledge Systems and STEM Education
June 21-23, 2017
Three-day teacher workshop at the UW Olympic Natural Resources Center, Forks, WA. Learn and share resources to successfully engage native and all students in culturally relevant ST'HEAM (science, technology, humanities, arts and math). Preferences will be given to teachers on the Washington Coast and western Washington. Teacher stipend, free lodging and some meals, transportation costs, free clock hours. To register, contact Lisa Eschenbach:

Teacher Professional Development in Olympic National Park

NatureBridge in Olympic National Park teacher professional development workshops are designed to give K - 12 teachers and outdoor educators content knowledge, instructional tools, and resources for teaching environmental science in the classroom and school yard. Hands-on activities give participants opportunities to apply the Next Generation Science Standards's practices of science in field investigations and to collaborate with their peers. These multi-day programs operate on a fee basis, with food and lodging provided.

Multicultural Approaches to Outdoor Education
March 17-19, 2017

Cost: $200 (Tuition includes lodging, meals, and NatureBridge-led instruction; 14 clock hours available at $4 each)

This experiential and lecture based workshop for classroom teachers and environmental educators working with K - 12 students is facilitated by Running Grass, Founder and Executive Director of Three Circles Center for Multicultural Environmental Education, with the support of NatureBridge educators. A short survey and reading/writing assignment prior to the workshop will be assigned to prepare participants for the experience. During the workshop participants will:

  • Explore personal racial and cultural histories that shape their interactions with students.
  • Receive frameworks and resources that lend insight into the rich environmental histories and perspectives embedded in the backgrounds of their students and how they can be applied in environmental learning.
  • Examine curricula and observe teaching strategies that support all students in the outdoor classroom.
  • Explore multicultural connections to science and outdoor education.

More instructional time will be indoors than outdoors.

Other Upcoming NatureBridge Workshops:

Field Studies in the Elwha River Watershed, April 8, 2017
Watershed Studies in Olympic National Park, June 26-29, 2017
Learning from a Distance in Olympic National Park, August 7-10, 2017

Building a Land Ethic Conference June 22-24, 2017

The conference will take place at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County in Baraboo, WI, and the theme of the event is “Bridging the Urban/Rural Divide.”

A land ethic is caring: caring for people, the land, and all that connects us. We invite you to share your experiences with stewarding the land, fostering community and connection, and bringing the land ethic to others by submitting a concurrent session proposal to our Building a Land Ethic Conference in June.

This event convenes educators, conservation professionals, students, and everyday people who are working to build upon our individual and collective strengths by embracing diverse views, values, and backgrounds. The theme of this year’s conference is “Bridging the Urban/Rural Divide” and proposals are being accepted in the following categories:

  • Engaging Thinking Communities
  • Land Ethic Youth Education
  • Leopold and Higher Education
  • Working Toward Land Health
  • The Art of Leopold
  • The Science of Leopold
  • Leopold and Leadership
  • Creating an Inclusive Land Ethic

Presenters can also choose to do a 10-minute “bright spot” presentation, a 45-minute traditional presentation, or a 90-minute hands-on presentation.

Proposals are due no later than March 15, 2017. For more information or to submit a proposal, visit our “Call for Session Proposals” page. Questions may also be directed to Anna Hawley at 608-355-0279, ext. 28, or gro.dlopoelodla@anna.

All presenters are required to register for the conference and pay the registration fee. You can register just for the day of your presentation or for the full conference. Conference registration will open in late February.

Note: E3 Strategic Advisor Lisa Eschenbach's family if from Baraboo Wisconsin. She recommends that conference attendees be sure to visit Devil's Lake State Park:)

Call for Proposals: 46th Annual NAAEE Conference in Puerto Rico

What is our vision for the field? How can we best build on the past 40+ years to create a more vibrant, inclusive, and effective field? How do we uphold the values that support a healthier, equitable, and more sustainable future for all?

Our 46th Annual Conference will look ahead to imagine the type of world we want and how our field can help us achieve our vision.

As has happened every 10 years since the first International Conference on Environmental Education in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1977, environmental education leaders and practitioners from around the world will meet to reflect on progress in the field, share best practices, and create a positive path forward.

We look forward to imagining the type of world we want to create with you in Puerto Rico.

Call for Presentations, April 10th, 2017. Apply at NAAEE website.

Decolonizing Environmental Education: Building Relationships with Indigenous Peoples

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PST

Organization: National Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)

Location: Online Webinar

The next installment of NAAEE's monthly webinar series. We will hear from NAAEE Advisory Council member Angela Mooney D'arcy, founder and Executive Director of the Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, a Los Angeles-based, Indigenous-led organization that works to build the capacity of Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples to protect sacred lands, waters, and cultures. Register now and we will send you the recording if you are not able to make it!

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education
Date: June 26-28, 2017
Cost: $150
Location: St. Paul, MN
Join a network of teachers from across the country dedicated to bringing science, critical thinking, and climate change problem solving into the classroom. Legacy 22 Clock Hours. Lodging Available.

IMG_1984 (1).jpg

Nature-Based Preschool National Conference

Date: August 3-5, 2017
8:00 am-5:00 pm

Location: Seattle, WA

Conference includes engaging sessions, diverse site tours, professional networking, and connecting with nature.