Pre-Conference Sessions

These pre-conference sessions on Monday, July 26 are available to full conference attendees.

  • Youth – Mental Health First Aid Training (limit of 25, cost $50) – 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Beginning to End – Create an Environmental Distance Learning Experience (minimum of 5, max of 15 participants, free) – 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • NAAEE Guidelines and WILD Training (limit of 20, free thanks to support from NAAEE) 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Youth – Mental Health First Aid Training

Why Youth Mental Health First Aid? Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. This 6-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to children and adolescents (ages 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. Pre-registration required as part of the conference registration. (Limit: 25) Cost: $50 that covers training materials and a box lunch.

Beginning to End – Create an Environmental Distance Learning Experience

Participant groups will create and edit a distance learning program that utilizes both synchronous and asynchronous elements to engage audiences that are not able to visit (for whatever reason: COVID-19, distance, other) an environmental center. You will also learn to utilize your smartphones or laptops to film environmental content, discover and utilize free video editing tools, develop relevant activities to get viewers outside, present their work, and take new skills back to their organization. This would be a great collaboration for classroom teachers and their local naturalists/non-formal educators! Pre-registration required as part of the conference registration. (Minimum of 5 and maximum of 15 participants) Cost: Free with conference registration

NAAEE EE Guidelines and WILD Training

Dive into the newly revised (2021) NAAEE EE Materials: Guidelines for Excellence with Aquatic WILD activities and resources woven in. Participants will receive both the Guidelines document and an Aquatic WILD Guide. Pre-registration required as part of the conference registration. (Limit: 20)

This workshop made available free to participants thanks to support from the ee360 program of the North American Association for Environmental Education and from Iowa WILD.

Need to stretch your legs and get the “travel weariness” shaken off? Check out these late afternoon options!

Explore Luther’s Natural Areas Trails: Prairies and Woodland Hikes

Molly McNicoll (Associate Professor of Biology) and Luther Students will help you explore beyond central Luther College campus and connect to our sense of place. Light hiking on the trails accessible from campus. An opportunity to get outside and learn how we are restoring, managing, and using our outdoor classrooms. Or just come along to get outside! No pre-registration required, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Walking Space – Finding Your Flow through Footsteps

In our fast-paced, distracted lives we are increasingly looking for and engaging in experiences to slow down, reconnect with nature, and gather with like-minded individuals. Walking in nature has a rejuvenating aspect that is increasingly used, world-wide, as a means for resetting and reconnecting to ourselves in a holistic, mindful way. Andrew Boddicker (Founder/Owner of Walking Space) will share the impacts of long-distance walking in nature through stories, personal anecdotes and current research into nature-immersion experiences. No pre-registration required,4:00 – 4:30 p.m.