This is the 5th year of the annual conference and the theme is Resiliency. It will be hosted by Riverside Elementary School and the City of Boise WaterShed on Wednesday and Thursday, June 7th and 8th.
This growing sustainability network focuses on resources, projects, field trips & curriculum that address local, regional & global issues & solutions. This year’s theme is resiliency and through that lens we will explore: water, student engagement, climate change, and more. The main audience is teachers and administrators, but we encourage professionals, administrators, students and educators of all types to submit proposals to present.
The first day of the summit will feature a keynote speaker, community professionals, and the highlight of the conference, student success (and near success) stories. The second day of the summit will be hosted by the WaterShed. We will explore the current displays and get a preview of the changes that are taking place! The rest of the day will be spent in breakout sessions with experiential activities from a diverse set of educators and professionals.
The Partners for Clean Water
Idaho Environmental Education Association (IdEEA)
Basin School District
Boise School District
West Ada School District
Boise State University
City of Boise
Project Learning Tree
“Best day of my life” was the mantra of the day. Students presented on topics of their passion and how teachers facilitated their success. We introduced the Project GREEN committee of volunteer planners and encouraged participants to network with each other. Erica Hermsen, Director at EverWild Forest School presented an amazing topic: “Nature Nurtures.” And IdEEA presented their Environmental Educator of the Year awards. Congratulations to Lynette Weller, Maggie Stover and Augie Gabrielle!
We met with the forestry team who headed up the afternoon: Michelle Youngquist – Idaho Forest Product Commission and Project Learning Tree. Dirk Anderson – Bogus Basin. George Nuesse and Dan Gallagher – Idaho Department of Lands
We learned about the Good Neighbor Authority and the forest restoration project that works to keep the forests at Bogus Basin healthy by reducing the impact of dwarf mistletoe. Then we took a hike where we practiced ecological surveying, tree health assessments and learned tools and techniques to use in the school yard to engage students with their curriculum and the outdoors.
On day two we had an amazing line-up at the Idaho Center for Outdoor Education in Idaho City.