TRACK A

10:00 AM Session: Lessons from Environmental Psychology to Grow Community and Cultivate Care

BAMBI YOST is an Associate Professor in the Landscape Architecture Department at Iowa State University. She holds both a Master in Landscape Architecture and Master in Urban & Regional Planning and is completing a PhD in Design & Planning (ABD) focused on regreening schoolyards in Denver, CO and Philadelphia, PA. Bambi has an extensive background in participatory planning, working with vulnerable populations, program implementation and analysis, outdoor education, curriculum development, volunteer coordination, physical design & construction, grant writing, and project management.

 

 

11:00 AM Session: Build Marketing Skills to Promote and Sustain Your OLE

TONYA BRONLEEWE is a program manager for the Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center, where she helps communities and organizations tackle environmental challenges by developing programs, facilitating projects, training and providing technical assistance. Tonya has experience in environmental education, water quality, air quality, outdoor engagement, water workforce development, and sustainable materials management.

 

 

 

LESLIE KIMBLE is a marketing coordinator for the Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center, where she creates and develops program and marketing materials for a variety of community and environmental programs, including the Omaha Public School’s Green Infrastructure Project. Leslie’s experience is in community engagement and communication strategies, graphic design, marketing trends, social media and professional development.

 

 

 

1:30 PM Session: Doing More with More — Volunteers in Outdoor Learning Environments

ANNE OWENS is the Executive Director of the Volunteer Center of Story County, where she coordinates five community-wide days of service, supports local collaborations and promotes youth volunteering. She has spent over 20 years in various organizations throughout the Upper Midwest and New England working alongside volunteers, after starting as a volunteer herself in local literacy programs in high school. She has a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Winona State University and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa.

 

 

2:30 PM Session: A Recipe for Capital Campaign Success: What You Need to Know, Even if a Campaign Isn’t in Your Future

JUSTIN TOLAN serves as senior fundraising adviser for AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising in Cedar Falls. Since joining the company in 2001, Justin has consulted on successful capital and endowment campaigns for hospitals, hospices, libraries, conservation organizations and state associations across the country. He is a past president of the Eastern Iowa Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and earned its Outstanding Fundraising Professional award in 2015. He graduated from the University of Iowa and earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential.

 

 

TAMMY WRIGHT is a successful fundraiser and a Johnson County native with a passion for wildlife, conservation, nature, and the great outdoors. She is the Executive Director at the Bur Oak Land Trust and feels blessed to work with dedicated staff and volunteers as they celebrate 40 years of conservation and work to further the Bur Oak Land Trust mission to protect and conserve the natural areas of Johnson and surrounding counties for future generations. She finds great joy in assisting landowners to protect the land that they love.

 

 


TRACK B

10:00 AM Session: Ag Arts: A New Experience Together

TINA BAKEHOUSE joined Golden Hills RC&D in 2017 as Outreach & Communication Coordinator. She earned two BAs from the University of Northern Iowa, one in communication studies and psychology and one in theatre and English teaching. Tina also holds a master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She was an educator for nearly 20 years, including 10 years at Creighton University. As an executive coach, Tina has trained CEOs and TEDx Omaha presenters and conducted professional workshops.

 

 

11:00 AM Session: Nature Play and STEM Learning

PATTY BORN SELLY is the author of three books on nature and childhood, and is an assistant professor of STEM and environmental education at Hamline University of MN. She is [almost!] finished with her dissertation, which focuses on children’s affiliations with animals in the natural world. She previously served as the Executive Director of the National Center for STEM Elementary Education in St Paul, MN., and has worked in numerous museums, nature centers, parks and wildlife preserves.

 

 

 

1:30 PM Session: STEM from the Classroom to the Outdoors

ALAINE HUDLIN started her career as a research ecologist with a passion for sharing the wonders of the outdoors. In her current position with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism, she manages a 300-acre tall grass preserve and coordinates wildlife education efforts in NE Kansas. She has 24 years of experience assisting districts and educators with curriculum development providing hands-on applications. She also provides citizen science research opportunities to engage students and the general public while providing valuable data for ecological monitoring.

 

 

 

2:30 PM Session: Taking the Iowa Science Standards (NGSS) Outdoors

CRAIG EDMONDSON began his career as a natural resource manager and interpretive naturalist after graduating from Simpson College. An interest in environmental education lead him into the teaching field, where he served as a middle school and high school science teacher, secondary principal, and now as a science consultant for Heartland Area Education Agency in the Ames Branch Office. Craig continues to support his interest in increasing awareness of environmental issues through his work with Heartland with K-12 teachers.

 

 

 


 

TRACK C

10:00 AM Session: Establishing and Maintaining Native Plants

PATRICK BRYANT is a Park Ranger at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Since 2016 he has coordinated the Refuge’s “People for Pollinators” program. People for Pollinators promotes pollinator habitat in Central Iowa through education, outreach and sharing native plants and seeds with community partners.

 

 

 

 

11:00 AM Session: Drawing from Natural Inspiration

MIKE BELL is a partner and Landscape Architect at RDG Planning & Design. Mike has spent much of the past 20 years focused on the built and natural environments impact on public and health. Some of Mike’s current projects include, the Des Moines Parks and Recreational Plan, Water Works Park Master Plan and the Downtown Water Trails Plan.

 

 

 

 

1:30 PM Session: Design for Outdoor Learning

TOM NEPPL is a practicing Landscape Architect and Senior Lecturer at Iowa State University. He works with camps, outdoor and environmental education centers throughout the U.S. on projects ranging from small, intimate gardens to master planning of regional sites. His current projects include site and master plans for outdoor centers and camps in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. He is actively involved in the camp and outdoor education field, serving on boards and committees of the American Camp Association and Outdoor Learning Environments. He teaches a range of courses including the foundational design studio in the Design Core Program and upper level Landscape Architecture and interdisciplinary design studios. He is the co-coordinator of a sustainability-themed learning community that provides first-semester students with hands-on, field experiences with projects related to Monarch butterfly conservation and the restoration of native vegetation.

 

2:30 PM Session: Learning from Failure: Shifting Perspective to Design, Maintain, and Grow Gardens

BAMBI YOST is an Associate Professor in the Landscape Architecture Department at Iowa State University. She holds both a Master in Landscape Architecture and Master in Urban & Regional Planning and is completing a PhD in Design & Planning (ABD) focused on regreening schoolyards in Denver, CO and Philadelphia, PA. Bambi has an extensive background in participatory planning, working with vulnerable populations, program implementation and analysis, outdoor education, curriculum development, volunteer coordination, physical design & construction, grant writing, and project management.