2016 West Slope EE Conference

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Bringing Colorado's EE Plan to Life

West Slope Summit


Friday, October 7, 2016

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Ridgway State Park Group Event Facility,

located in Pa-Co-Chu-Puk area of the park


Join environmental education (EE) providers and supporters from agencies, nonprofits, schools, and environmental, nature, conservation fields for an engaging summit. Join us to learn more about the Colorado Environmental Education Plan, network and share ideas, and find inspiration from innovative EE leaders.


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Keynote Presentation

by Dr. John Hausdoerffer, Western State Colorado University

'What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want to Be? Cultural Keystones as the new Ecological Literacy'  

In this keynote presentation, Dr. John Hausdoerffer will explore connections among diverse and worldwide struggles for the ecological basis of cultural identity.  These case studies will be used as prompts to contemplate how environmental educators can help students from all backgrounds find their own cultural keystones on the landscape.


  Afternoon Sessions Include:

  • Cultivating a Sense of Place -  Megan Patterson (Forest Kindergarten)
  • Building Watershed Identity - Kellie Gorman/Hilary Mason (Colorado Water Issues Deliberative Forum Guide)
  • Expanding Our Reach - Zuza Bohley (Americas Latino Eco Festival)
  • Cultivating a Sense of Place - Gina Garrett (Walking Mountains)
  • Building Watershed Identity - Denise Rue-Pastin (Forests to Faucets)
  • Expanding Our Reach - Sarah Johnson (New Ideas for Teacher P.D.)


Campfire Social

All are invited to an informal campfire gathering Thursday and Friday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm at Yurt #10 located within Loop A of the state park (bring your own food and drink, musical instruments, and good stories).


Additional Details:

Map of Conference Venue: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zEuuXiR9RSDY.kpKuc6QbfO1I&usp=sharing

Lunch: Included

Cost: $55 members/ $65 nonmembers (early-bird discount of $45 members/ $55 nonmembers ends on September 15, 2016.)

In case of extreme inclement weather the conference will be held at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center.

What to Bring:

Water bottle, sun hat, appropriate clothing for being outdoors all day (layers), lawn chair/camp chair, sunscreen

Park Fees

Ridgway State Park is waiving the vehicle fee for all those attending the conference. However, if you plan to use any other part of park during your stay (including camping) you will need to purchase a vehicle pass. http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Ridgway/Pages/Fees.aspx


Camping at Ridgway State Park

Conference participants are invited to reserve a site in campground Loop A, Sites 1-25 in order to create a fun community vibe… however feel free to camp anywhere in the park. Details: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Ridgway/Pages/Camping.aspx

Hotels are also available in Ridgway and nearby area:



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October 7th, 2016 9:00 AM through  4:00 PM
Ridgway State Park
28555 Hwy 550 Ridgway
Ridgway, CO 81432
United States
Event Fee(s)
CAEE Member $ 55.00
Non-Member $ 65.00