Save the Date! Outdoor Learning Environments Conference June 18-19 in Ames

In partnership with Prairie Rivers of Iowa, ICEC is excited to present the Outdoor Learning Environments Conference. The conference will build a statewide network around Outdoor Learning Environments (OLEs).

An OLE as a deliberately selected or designed outdoor setting, used and supported by many in the community that provides an intentional space for exploration, inquiry, and learning to empower environmental literacy and education in any discipline. An OLE can be located at any community location, such as a school, library, park, preserve, or other places where the outdoor setting can enhance educational opportunities for community members or students. Learn more about Prairie Rivers’ OLE program

Click here to download a PDF of the draft agenda. The conference will have three tracks:

Track 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 community buy-in as well as tactics for seeking funding for your OLE. Other subjects may include marketing your OLE or organizing Service Learning Projects.

Track B: Creating Educational Programs for OLEs

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

Track C: 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.

More information including registration links will be available soon! Email with questions.