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

In November experiential educators from CIS Ontario member schools gathered at Norval Outdoor School for the 5th annual Experiential Educators Network Conference.

Participants joined in experiences to connect their practice to the benefits of nature experiences. Activities included;  a giant Rube Goldberg Machine, forest bathing, 100 Mile Meal, a 3 course dinner from Chopped Canada Winning Chef Pam Fanjoy, affinity groups, speed innovation sessions, expert keynote speakers and much more!

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

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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
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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