Iowa Outdoor Learning Environments Conference

June 18 – 19, 2018 – Ames, Iowa

Gateway Hotel and Conference Center


*Click here for a detailed agenda of sessions.

Agenda – Monday

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 – Plenary Session

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

10:50 AM – Break – Visit Exhibitors

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

11:50 AM – Lunch with Table Topics

12:15 – 1:15 PM – Keynote Presentation: Robin C. Moore

1:15 PM – Break – Visit Exhibitors

1:30 PM – Session 3 *(3 options – 1 from each track)

2:20 PM – Break – Visit Exhibitors

2:30 PM – Session 4 *(3 options – 1 from each track)

3:20 PM – Break with Snack, Visit Exhibitors

3:30 – 4:30 PM – OLE Panel of Experts with Q&A and Conference Wrap Up

Agenda – Tuesday

8:00 AM – Field trip to local Story County Outdoor Learning Environments

12:00 PM – Lunch and Travel to Story County Park

1:00 PM – Plant ID Session with Story County CCB

2:15 PM – Taking STEM Outside Session

3:30 PM – Debrief and completion of post-conference assessment (for license renewal credit registrants only)

License renewal credit registrants are also required to attend a 30 min Zoom meeting on June 15th at 10 AM to go over course requirements. Contact Alicia Vasto at with questions.

*Conference Tracks:

A. Gaining Community Support
Learn how to gain support for and secure the longevity of your OLE. This track will include sessions on how to gain vital buy-in as well as tactics for seeking funding for your OLE.

B. Creating Educational Programs for OLEs
This track focuses on building curriculum and educational programs for your OLE. Some subjects that included are connecting students to their outdoor surroundings, intentional and organic play in nature, and incorporating STEM and NGSS into your OLE.

C. OLE Design, Implementation, and Maintenance
This track emphasizes ways to design a natural and intentional OLE. Sessions will target architectural design of the space as well as planting design and establishing and maintaining native plant communities.