Outdoor Learning Symposium

Building the Toolbox to Grow Outdoor Learning

Session 1: Outdoor Classrooms
Tuesday, September 27 • 4:00 – 5:30 pm MST
Free • Virtual

Session 2: Standards-Aligned Outdoor Learning Curricula
Thursday, September 29 • 4:00 – 5:30 pm MST
Free • Virtual

Just in time for NM Outdoor Learning Week and National Public Lands Day, the fall edition of the Outdoor Learning Symposium will showcase outdoor classrooms and curricula in action! On Tuesday, September 27th, inspiring educators from across the state will discuss their design and build processes and teaching strategies for outdoor classrooms. Thursday’s session features speakers from New Mexico outdoor and environmental education groups highlighting ways to implement activities from locally designed, standards-aligned curricula that can be facilitated in the schoolyard, outdoor classroom, or out in the field.

Symposium participants will explore new ideas, gather resources, and make connections while gaining valuable insight on using outdoor spaces, aligning curriculum, and expanding networks to help grow possibilities for outdoor learning at every school.

Session 1: Outdoor Classrooms
September 27
Robbi Berry, 5th Grade Teacher, Monte Vista Elementary, Las Cruces
Stephen Williamson, Lead Gardener of the Gardening Club, Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School, Albuquerque
Susan Schipull, School Gardens Resource Teacher, Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque
Kate Porterfield, Administrator, Wildcat Blooms Garden Committee, Wilson Middle School, Albuquerque

Session 2: Standards-Aligned Outdoor Learning Curricula
September 29
Julie Hasty, Education Director, Santa Fe Watershed Association, Santa Fe
Ashlee Wolf, Ecologist, Institute for Applied Ecology, Santa Fe
Maria Rodriguez, Outreach Coordinator, Institute for Applied Ecology, Santa Fe
Peter Skelton, PhD, Youth Agriscience Education Specialist, Professor and Director of Extension & Research Youth Agricultural Science Center, New Mexico State University, Las Vegas

Supported by: Environmental Education of New Mexico, Conservation Science Center @ New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico Forest & Watershed Restoration Institute, the LANL Foundation, and the USDA Forest Service Southwestern Region.