Iowa Outdoor Learning Environments Conference

Summer 2018

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

                                                                      

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Agenda – Friday

7:00 AM – Exhibitors set up.

8:00 AM – Registration & breakfast; visit exhibitors.

8:45 AM – Conference Welcome / Outdoor Learning Environment Program Update

9:00 AM – Special Guest and Student Presentations: Benefits & Importance of Outdoor Education and STEM.

10:00 AM – Workshop Session 1 *(3 options – 1 from each track) – see below

10:50 AM – Break

11:00 AM – Workshop Session 2 *(3 options – 1 from each track) – see below

11:50 AM – Break; Finish voting on Bench Competition Round Table Topic Discussions

12:15 – 1:45 PM – Lunch with Keynote Speaker & OLE and Bench Competition Awards

1:45 PM – Break; Visit exhibitors.

2:00 PM – Workshop Session 3 *(3 options – 1 from each track) – see below

2:50 PM – Break

3:00 PM – Workshop Session 4 *(3 options – 1 from each track) – see below

3:50 PM – Break with snack; Visit exhibitors; Round Table Topics, and ICEC Annual Meeting.

4:30 – 5:30 PM – Panel of OLE Program Participants with Q&A and Conference Wrap Up.


Agenda – Saturday

8:00 AM – Morning Yoga at Downtown Park / Benefits of Nature for Health.

9:00 – 12:00 PM – OLE Field Trip: Bus departs from Hotel.

  • City of Des Moines: Nature Playgrounds
  • Polk County Conservation: Jester Park Nature Playground
  • Wild Edibles: Foraging Exploration

*Conference Tracks (for Workshop Sessions):

  1. OLE Process and Planning
    1. Creating a Community to Support your OLE
    2. Seeking Funding Sources and Grantwriting
    3. How to Market an OLE to Non-Believers
    4. How to Organize Volunteers
  2. Creating Educational Programs for OLE’s
    1. Foraging for Food in an OLE
    2. Connecting Students to Place
    3. Nature Play: Directed vs. Undirected
    4. Using STEM and NGSS in an OLE
  3. OLE Design, Implementation, and Maintenance
    1. Designing an Outdoor Learning Space
    2. Planting Design with Native Plants
    3. How to Establish and Maintain a Native Planting
    4. Designing Water Features and BMPs in OLE’s