We are pleased to offer the following workshops in partnership with our members and partners.
Community Connections Outdoors

Facilitator: Dave Quinn

January 31, Cranbrook

The goal of the day is to share ideas and activities suitable for a range of ages, centered on getting your class outdoors more in the winter months, with a focus on community-based programs and activities available to teachers to enable more engaging outdoor winter fun with their classes.

After a short introduction and gear check at Parkland Middle School we will head to Jim Smith Lake for a short snowshoe trip, during which we will explore some tips and tricks to successful winter outings, discuss community-based resources, and put into practice several activities suitable to a range of grades.

$30 discount for CBEEN Members!  Join/renew


Cross Curricular Outdoor, Experiential Teaching and Learning Workshop

Facilitator: Matthias Starzner

February 9, Nelson

Increase your capacity as an environmental educator with current research, tried and tested activities and the opportunity to network with and learn from your colleagues. This professional development opportunity will focus on cross-curricular, outdoor, experiential teaching and learning.

We will spend the morning at the WKTEP classroom and then carpool out to a nearby outdoor setting in the afternoon.

$20 discount for CBEEN Members!  Join/renew


Environmental Education Leadership Clinic

Facilitated by CBEEN & EEPSA

April 24-26, Nipika Mountain Resort, Kootenay National Park

The 2020 Leadership Clinic is an opportunity for EEPSA local chapters to team-build and plan while networking and collaborating with other local chapters. It will provide time and opportunities to do so in a beautiful setting, while also providing opportunities for outdoor recreation and rejuvenation.

Registration is open to approved EEPSA Local Chapter Team members from the Columbia Basin, and selected representatives from EEPSA Local Chapters outside of the Columbia Basin. Click here for more information. Must be a CBEEN member to participate.  Join/renew.

The Art of Participatory Leadership: Hosting meaningful conversations that matter

Facilitators: David Stevenson and Bob Stilger

May 6-9, Yasodhara Ashram, Kootenay Lake


Join us on the beautiful shores of Kootenay Lake to deep dive into three days of hands-on learning and skill building in the Art of Hosting. Come away with new understanding of theories, methods, tools and practices that leaders and change-makers can use to co-create solutions to complex challenges like climate change. This retreat will build your capacity for incorporating collaborative solutions, conflict resolution and collective wisdom building into your personal and organizational leadership practice with a focus on community action.

$25 discount for CBEEN Members!  Join/renew

Forest and Nature School Practitioner’s Course

Facilitated by Forest School Canada and hosted by Outdoor Connections

June 17-21, Fernie

The course includes an intensive, 5-day in-person portion where all educators come together to facilitate the formation of a community of practice. The in-person part of the course is physically and mentally engaging, and is meant to be a transformative and immersive nature-based experience.

Following the in-person part of the course, educators return home to launch into course work, which includes self-directed reading, completing assignments, and delivering six practice Forest and Nature School sessions to a student group. During this time, educators will be assessed to ensure they are meeting all course assessment criteria and following best practices in the Forest and Nature School field.

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Advanced Coyote Mentoring Workshop

Facilitated by Nature’s Tracks Forest Play

August 28-30, Akisqnuk First Nation, Lake Windermere

This course is an immersive expansion on the introductory Coyote Mentoring Workshop hosted by Nature’s Tracks Forest Play in communities across the Columbia Basin.

This 2.5 day workshop will allow participants to go deeper and experiencing the learning cycles and practice in a deeper way.


2020 Inquiring Voices Environmental Education Gathering

Facilitated by CBEEN & Rocky Mountain Place-based Learning Network – a Local Chapter of EEPSA

September 25-27, Quantum Leaps Retreat (near Golden)

CBEEN’s 2020 Inquiring Voices Environmental Education Gathering will take place at Quantum Leaps Retreat near Golden from September 25-27, 2020. Participants can arrive anytime in the evening on Friday, September 25, and we will close the event following lunch on Sunday, September 27.

The goal of this annual event is to bring together educators to learn, share, connect, and collaborate with one another. These retreats are a great opportunity to network, exchange resources and stories, inspire one another, and have fun through dialogue and activity.

2020 Classrooms to Communities Provincial Conference

Facilitated by the BC Classrooms to Communities Partnership

October 23-25, Prince George

Place-Based Learning is a core foundation of our curriculum in British Columbia. Educators and students across the province are excited to be inquiring about issues and priorities that matter most to our communities with a more ‘local lens’. By helping educators to connect classroom and community through a focus on people, place and planet, this professional development conference hopes to inspire more promising practices and transformative learning in our schools and communities.

The conference will consist of a variety of place-based workshops, experiences, gatherings, community-based excursions and opportunities for collaboration and dialogue. Collaborative, co-delivered offerings celebrated shared successes and goals related to place-based learning are encouraged.

Read more. Registration will open in Spring, 2020! 

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