Adult education

Initiatives promoting environmental adult education (EAE) through professional development (PD) ensures educators have the knowledge and skills to inform their audience about environmental literacy and stewardship. However, no research has focused on reflective experiences of an EAE PD from educator participants at least five years after participation. Analysis using the contextual lenses of EAE, outdoor experiential learning, and transformative learning theories led to five emergent themes: (a) becoming a more effective educator; (b) increasing awareness of conservation importance; (c) experiencing positive emotional effects; (d) augmenting behaviors that impact the environment; and (e) having positive experiences at the EAE PD location. These findings may ignite new means for approaching curriculum specific content with heightened attention on the value of conserving natural resources.

Initiatives promoting environmental adult education (EAE) through professional development (PD) ensures educators have the knowledge and skills to inform their audience about environmental literacy and stewardship. However, no research has focused on reflective experiences of an EAE PD from educator participants at least five years after participation. Analysis using the contextual lenses of EAE, outdoor experiential learning, and transformative learning theories led to five emergent themes: (a) becoming a more effective educator; (b) increasing awareness of conservation importance; (c) experiencing positive emotional effects; (d) augmenting behaviors that impact the environment; and (e) having positive experiences at the EAE PD location. These findings may ignite new means for approaching curriculum specific content with heightened attention on the value of conserving natural resources.

The time for action is now. Our planet is in a perilous and dangerous state. Government alone cannot solve our current biodiversity and climate crises. As the only conservation organization to focus on corporate contributions to biodiversity, employee engagement and community relations, we know the significant positive impact corporations and their partners are making to the future of the environment. But we can, and must, do more. Join leaders in corporate social responsibility, environmental health and safety, sustainability, government agencies and NGOs – and gain relevant and timely insight into the issues facing corporate conservation today. The time to act is now. What will your role be?

Games that model ecosystems provide an enjoyable way for students to become more comfortable thinking at the systems level, a necessary skill for understanding environmental problems and solutions. Attendees will receive a list of ecosystem games, details for several games, and suggestions for adapting them to other systems

As educators who work in professional learning in Educating for Sustainability (EfS) we have found that equity is often the most difficult of the 3 Es of sustainability to address well. We wanted to deepen our own understanding of and strengthen our practice in equity work in community with other educators. After gathering other interested people from multiple learning institutions to begin talking about social justice and EfS, a model for embedded professional learning emerged. This became a vehicle for sustained conversations around identity, power, privilege, and equity in our work. It was a safe space to explore how we participate in and perpetuate systems of inequity and to experiment with anti-racist actions that we endeavored to take within our unique spheres of influence. As this community of learning, inquiry and practice developed, we found that it allowed people to step into leadership roles in their own professional communities of teaching and learning.

Unexamined cultural and personal narratives erode our capacities for connection with nature and silence diverse voices. Participants will learn and practice identifying and interrupting harmful narratives and replacing them with values-driven leadership stories that foster healthy group cultures and support work across boundaries of racial, economic, gender/sexuality, and power disparities. The power point and presentation are covered under an open source copyright. They can be used and redistributed freely, but require the acknowledgement of the original source. Any significant changes to the presentation need to be cleared with the original creators. The second page of the hand out contains all pertinent information about this copyright.

Unexamined cultural and personal narratives erode our capacities for connection with nature and silence diverse voices. Participants will learn and practice identifying and interrupting harmful narratives and replacing them with values-driven leadership stories that foster healthy group cultures and support work across boundaries of racial, economic, gender/sexuality, and power disparities. The power point and presentation are covered under an open source copyright. They can be used and redistributed freely, but require the acknowledgement of the original source. Any significant changes to the presentation need to be cleared with the original creators. The second page of the hand out contains all pertinent information about this copyright.

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