The Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario
ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017
INSPIRED BY NATURE, INNOVATIVE BY PRACTICE
Camp Couchiching, September 22-24
Conference Announcement and Call-for-Presenters
The 2017 COEO Conference Organizing Committee has been hard at work and plans are well underway for this year’s annual conference. This year’s conference theme, Inspired by Nature, Innovative by Practice, asks participants and presenters to share the learning experiences that have inspired them as well as the innovative work they are doing in the field. This conference will provide an opportunity to share best practices around outdoor education and explore new ideas and perspectives about engaging children and youth in outdoor learning. Our host site will be Camp Couchiching—located near the Chippewas of Rama First Nation and Orillia, Ontario, “Camp Cooch” operates as a year-round outdoor education centre and summer camp, and also maintains close ties to its surrounding community through various action projects and unique program offerings.
How can we, as Outdoor and Experiential Educators, instill a lasting love of the outdoors in others? How is your practice expanding and/or changing the field of outdoor education? How are you bringing people together? How can we, as educators, foster and maintain hope and resilience in youth?
The conference committee is currently seeking workshop and presentation proposals that focus on, but are not limited to:
Innovation and Creativity: How do you keep your practice fresh? How do you think outside the box to create meaningful outdoor programs? How do your methods integrate technology into the outdoors? How do you use your outdoor spaces in innovative ways?
Community and Inclusion: How are you influencing the culture that is driving your community? How can we use our teachings to celebrate diversity? How can we build and enrich strong communities?
Activism and Perseverance: How do you motivate students to advocate for meaningful change? How do you challenge the status quo to shift social and environmental norms? How do you stay motivated as an activist/educator?
***To submit a presentation proposal please click here. Submissions are due by June 15th, 2017.