Registration Open for Outdoor Learning Environments Conference

ICEC and Prairie Rivers of Iowa invites educators, conservationists, community leaders, landscapers, and others that value outdoor education to our inaugural Iowa Outdoor Learning Environments Conference!

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The Outdoor Learning Environments Conference will give you all the tools and resources necessary to create and use a vibrant outdoor space for environmental education.

Outdoor Learning Environments (OLEs) are deliberately designed outdoor spaces that are used and supported by many in the community to provide an intentional setting for exploration, inquiry, and learning to empower environmental literacy and education. An OLE can be located at a community location like a library, park, protected natural area, or other place where the outdoor setting can enhance educational opportunities for community members and youth.

The purpose of the conference is to promote OLE development and create a support network for the OLE community.

The conference will be composed of three tracks to tackle every aspect of establishing, using, and maintaining an OLE:

  1. 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.
  2. Creating Educational Programs for OLEs
    This track focuses on building curriculum and educational programs for your OLE. Some subjects included are connecting students to their outdoor surroundings, intentional and organic play in nature, and incorporating STEM and NGSS into your OLE.
  3. 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.

Click here for a detailed agenda of sessions.

We hope you will join us! Learn more and register online. Contact Alicia at with questions.