2023 Leadership Clinic
From April 14 – April 16, seven teams comprised of 40 educator leaders from across the Columbia Basin and beyond gathered to develop plans to support their schools and communities.
Climate literacy, place-based learning, Indigenous knowledge and perspectives, reconciliation, mental health, stewardship and sustainability were all central to their discussions and planning.
This Leadership Clinic provided representatives from 10 Local Chapters of EEPSA (BC Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association) with the opportunity to take the time to come together to connect, collaborate and plan for ways they can support outdoor and environmental learning in their region.
Emma Garforth-Bles, on the Hosting Team, shared that “The Leadership Clinic is the pile of kindling coming together to light the fire of environmental education and outdoor learning. It is invigorating, inspiring, rejuvenating and nourishing all at once and it feels wonderful to be around all the people who walk the talk and share their practice and wisdom with such full hearts.”
Kelly Henderson, President of the EKEEPSA Local Chapter shared that “This is by far the absolute best experience in providing professional growth where the facilitators make space and time for participants to connect, network and share knowledge.”
These local chapters were supported at the leadership clinic by non-profit organizations such as CBEEN, KBEE, Wildsight, Take Me Outside, Classrooms to Communities and Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.
This Leadership Clinic was also supported by in-kind and financial support by Nipika Mountain Resort, The Outdoor Learning Store, EEPSA and Columbia Basin Trust.