Experiential Educators' Conference

Imagine getting to be the student for a day and exploring all the wonderful programming you can bring back to school, to enhance your experiential learning programs. Past conference activities in an urban environment have included cooking classes with Syrian refugees. Or, for outdoor education components, educators earn about “forest bathing” or fire building and other “risky play,” opportunities to help reduce kids’ anxiety. Experiential educators make connections with like-minded colleagues, bounce ideas and experience a showcase of program ideas for other member schools.

2019 Conference: Nature, Wellbeing and Experiential Learning

Based on feedback from the last few years we are excited to announce that we are hosting an overnight at Norval Outdoor School, Monday November 25th - Tuesday November 26th for our 5th annual Experiential Educators Network Conference.

We invite all types of experiential educators, including those responsible for global programs, community engagement, environmental stewardship & farms, outdoor education and co-op/mentorship to join us.

Connect your practice to the benefits of nature experiences. Activities include:

  • a giant Rube Goldberg Machine,
  • Forest Bathing,
  • 100 Mile Meal,
  • a 3 course dinner from Chopped Canada Winning Chef Pam Fanjoy,
  • expert keynote speakers and much more!

Affinity groups will have opportunities for connecting and discussing, and Speed Innovation sessions are back by popular demand.

There is limited accommodation at Norval available on first come, first serve basis; however, everyone is welcome to pitch a tent on the grounds. Alternatively, Best Western is a short walk along the marked trails.

To view the conference overview click here.

Register Here

Please join our Facebook Group Experiential Educators Network (EEN) for more updates.

Key Dates 2019

A Snapshot of Educator Experiences at Norval

2018 Experiential Educators' Conference


Louise Melville
Coordinator of Experiential Learning, Geography Teacher
St. Clement's School

Emma Totten
Community Service and Global Outreach Coordinator
Royal St. George's College

For additional information, please contact:
Sheri Little
Executive Assistant/ Event Manager

Place-based education differs from classroom-based education in that it understands students' local community as one of the primary resources of learning ... the unique history, environment, culture, economy, literature, and art ... that is, in students' own "place."

Laurie Lane-Zucker, sustainability pioneer