Immerse yourself in place-based education at the  5th annual Great Lakes Place-Based Education Conference, held in Grand Rapids November 5-7. Listen to keynote speakers who have contributed to positive change in their own communities, attend workshops and field trips, and most of all, have fun learning and showing off best practices within place-based education (PBE).

With the all the information and skills you learn at our innovative conference, you will be ready to inspire others and move place-based education forward in your school and communities.

Join us for a cutting-edge conference that is one-of-a-kind in the country. The Great Lakes Place-Based Education Conference features the best practices of putting PBE in action. Hear innovators share how they develop learning experiences that lead to the next generation of stewards, plus dive into a number of hands-on education opportunities.

Interested? Registration is now open!

Register Now!

 

Presenters

We’re looking for enthusiastic presenters to show off their smarts and inspire attendees! Deadline for the first round of presentation approval is June 15, 2015. There will be a second deadline on August 15, 2015, however, presenters are chosen on a rolling basis, so get yours in fast.

 

Agenda

Below is a brief look at the agenda for this years conference. Continue to check back here often for more conference updates! 

Thursday, November 5

  • 11 AM—Registration
  • 12 Noon—Lunch & conference kickoff
  • Afternoon—Choose your adventure by electing to attend one of our various field trips or workshops, set up a team planning session, or sit in on one of our conference sessions.
  • 5 PM—Join us for a little networking at the Grand Rapids Brewing Company (just a few short steps away from the Eberhard Center).

Friday, November 6

  • 7 AM—Registration & breakfast
  • 8 AM—Welcome & keynote presentation
  • 9 AM—Conference sessions
  • 11 AM—Keynote address with Chad Pregracke from National Geographic
  • 12 PM—Lunch
  • Afternoon—Choose your adventure by electing to attend one of our various field trips or workshops, set up a team planning session, or sit in on one of our conference sessions.
  • 5 PM—Join us at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in the Van Andel Center, for the annual Dragon Fly Award and a tour of the museum and new museum school.

Saturday, November 7

  • 7 AM—Registration & breakfast
  • 8 AM—Welcome & keynote presentation
  • 9–12 Noon—Conference sessions 


Who Should Attend?

This Conference is a MUST for:

  • Formal and non-formal educators of any subject or grade level (K–16)
  • School administrators who want to establish a curriculum and related instructional practices that focus on place, inspire students to learn, and forge strong partnerships with the community
  • Foundations, organizations, or community leaders interested in K–12 education, environmental stewardship, and youth or community development
  • Others who want to learn more about place-based education, environmental stewardship, and the Great Lakes region

Hotel Accommodations

  • Online
    • Go to Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown
    • Enter check in and check out dates in the boxes on the left
    • Enter the Group Code: GLP
    • Click “Check Availability”
    • Select your preferred room type
    • Enter your contact information and special request needs
    • Enter your payment information
    • Check the certification box under Terms and Conditions
    • Click Confirm
  • Phone
    • 616-235-7611 and refer to the Group Code: GLP
  • Hotel Address: Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown, 310 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
    Parking is free

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