Leadership Institute
National Conference

Monday and Tuesday
July 26-27, 2021
12-3 pm PT/1-4 pm MT/2-5 CT/3-6 ET

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Give yourself the gift of new ideas, connections and inspirations at the virtual Nature Explore/Outdoor Classroom Project Leadership Institute: Embracing the Gifts of Nature, and Building Resilience, for Ourselves, Our Children and Our World. Our gift to you is a great mix of inspiring speakers; lively discussion groups with peers; and heart-centered connections. You’ll come away with new ways to keep yourself and your work fresh, enjoyable and effective. Join with our ever-growing network of committed and enthusiastic advocates and learn from programs that are celebrating ten years in our network. Treat yourself to this time to rejuvenate your professional journey.

Online day one – Contents or Activities
John Rosenow, Dimensions Foundation

Using the Gifts of Nature and Heart-Centered Tools to Build Resilience:
Nancy Rosenow, Nature Explore
Elyssa Nelson, Founder, Child Education Center
Eric Nelson, Founder, Child Education Center and Outdoor Classroom Project
Highlights of the Institute:
Tara Schroder, Nature Explore

Interactive activities:
Heather Fox, Kirsten Haugen, Nature Explore

Holly Elissa Bruno, author Happiness is Running Through the Streets to Find You
Claire Warden, Founder of Mindstretchers UK and the International Association of Nature Pedagogy
Dean Tagawa and Ranae Amezquita, Los Angeles Unified School District
Discussions in interest groups

Online day two – Contents or Activities
Sandra Duncan, author of the book, Honeybee Hypothesis: to be released in Fall, 2021
Christine Kiewra, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Rod Diercks, Doane University, Crete, Nebraska
Tinelle Bustam, US Forest Service
Heather Fox, Sheila Williams-Ridge, Anne Meade, Megan Gessler, Amanda Higgins and Claire Warden, Environmental Kinship International

Interactive activities:
Ellen Veselack, Erinn Levin, Outdoor Classroom Project
Tina Reeble, Julie Rose, Nature Explore

Discussions in interest groups

Celebrate 10-year Classrooms


Because of the new Covid variants and the recommended CDC guidelines, we are unable to host our in-person Leadership Institute this year.

While we will miss being together in person, we will still be experiencing connections and inspirations during a virtual event.