2019 West Slope EE Conference

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                           THREE-DIMENSIONAL LEARNING IN EE

September 27, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Co-Hosted by Walking Mountains Science Center



Join environmental education (EE) providers and supporters from agencies, nonprofits, schools, and environmental, nature, and conservation fields to network, share ideas, and find inspiration from innovative EE leaders.  

Colorado has incorporated the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into Colorado's new academic standards and environmental education is a perfect way to engage learners in mastering the standards. These standards were built upon new research about how students learn and focus on three major dimensions: (1) Scientific and engineering practices; (2) Cross-cutting concepts; and (3) Disciplinary core ideas. Similar research in EE has shown that instruction is most successful when it is learner-centered, engages participants in discourse and collaboration, inspires wonder and curiosity, makes instruction relevant, and provides opportunity for direct interaction with nature.  If you work with K-12 learners, in formal or nonformal education, its critical to understand this 3 dimensional learning model.

At the 2019 West Slope Conference, we will explore ways of designing and sequencing activities that are effective for how we know students learn best. Learn more about the 3D vision of NGSS, the connections between NGSS and the new Colorado State Academic Standards set to be implemented in 2020, and how to teach based on these standards using successful models such as the BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning & Expertise Sharing) Project.

$50 members
$60 non-members
$25 students


Join us from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 26 at the Vail Brewing Company to reconnect with colleagues, kick-back, and enjoy a local beer.



There are many hotel options in the area. We have listed a few affordable options below. In addition, you may find more affordable options in Eagle, about 20 minutes West of Avon.

  • The Christie Lodge, 47 East Beaver Creek Blvd, Avon (approximately 1 mile from Walking Mountains Science Center)
  • The Bunkhouse, 175 Williams Street, Minturn (this is a hostel with semi-private and private rooms located about 10 minutes from Walking Mountains Science Center)
  • Quality Inn and Suites, 0285 Market Street, Eagle (approximately 25 mintues from Walking Mountains Science Center)
September 27th, 2019 9:30 AM   through   3:30 PM
Walking Mountains Science Center
318 Walking Mountains Ln.
Avon, CO 81620
United States
Phone: 303-273-9527  ext. 2
Event Fee(s)
Event Fee(s)
CAEE Member $ 50.00
Non-Member $ 60.00
Student $ 25.00