101 Alternatives to the Chalkboard

Oct 12, 2019, 12:00am - 11:45pm
YMCA Camp Kern, 5291 State Route 3509, Oregonia, OH 45054
Dave Moran, Outdoor Education Director, YMCA Camp Kern
513-932-3756 x1527

The "101" Conference is the weekend outdoor education experience designed to inspire teachers and outdoor educators with creative ways to provide exciting learning experiences.  This event is not only a great professional development experience but an incredible networking moment.  Enjoy meaningful large and small group sessions, excellent company and fine eating.

Keynote Presenter, Sandra Reed, Science Educator, currently the Easton E3 Learning Lab k-12 teacher for the New Albany School District.  Sandra is also a National Geographic Certified Educator and the Nat Geo-Inquiry Ambassador for the State of Ohio.  She enjoys spending all of her free time planning safaris and tracking wildlife in the US and Africa.  See Original Wisdom at Nature Guide Training.

Also featuring Mark Griffen, Naturalist, Astronomy Enthusiast and Teacher at Reading Schools keeping the current interest in astronomy alive!  Using several types of telescopes, he will make daytime and nighttime observations as well as discuss starting an astronomy club.

$30 Includes all sessions, programs meals, and overnight accommodations.

Download the flyer for more details, Small Group Session descriptions, Call for Presenters and Registration Form.

Scholarships and discounts available.

Conference Schedule

Friday (no formal sessions or events but all are welcome)

6:30pm-Check in and move into cabins or pitch a tent-Hike, Climb Pete's Tower, relax                          

8:30pm-Bring a snack and beverage and socialize

Sunday (like Friday, no formal sessions but all are welcome)

8:00am-Breakfast and evaluations

9:00am-12:00-River Hike and/or 3-mile Little Miami River Canoe Trip


7:00am Bird Walk
8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Registration and social time
8:50 Gathering and announcements
9:15-10:45 Small Group Session I
11:00-11:45 Relax or a Discovery Hike
Noon Lunch
12:50pm Gathering and announncements
1:00-2:30 Small Group Session II
2:45-4:15 Small Group Session III
4:30-5:15 Group Discovery Hike or a nap
5:30 Dinner
6:45-8:15 Keynote Presenter, Sandra Reed
8:30-9:30 Campfire, Songs & Stories
9:45-? Post-campfire gathering & snacks

This event made possible by YMCA Camp Kern, the Environmental Education Council of Ohio and the Ohio Environmental Education Fund.