We were a part of the Association of Experiential Education Conference over the past week in Albuquerque, NM. The conference provides quality professional development workshops, networking, and other resources for teachers, college professors, students, group and challenge course facilitators, counselors, outdoor and camp professionals, program administrators, and environmental educators. As part of the conference, we offered a trainer course that was held at Bear Canyon, which is owned by Albuquerque Academy.
The course went extremely well. We had 8 participants from a variety of backgrounds including the New Mexico Audubon Society, GOES (a new youth program in Western CO), WinGate Wilderness Therapy, and local public schools. The diversity of the participants made for great discussions that focused on protecting our public lands and making a spiritual connection to nature. One participant played a Native American flute for the group as part of her presentation on Minimize Campfire Impacts. She gave the group goosebumps as she showed her passion for the spirit of the outdoors. We were reminded the importance of making a connection to the outdoors and developing a sense of pride in caring for the special places we love to visit. Thank you to all the participants for sharing so many wonderful and inspiring stories!
We are wrapping up our time in New Mexico, then it is off to Texas! Yee-ha!
Safe travels...Kate and Tracy