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101 Conference

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101 Conference

Saturday October 7th, 2017  at YMCA Camp Kern!

The “101 Alternatives to the Chalkboard”

42nd annual Educators’ Conference at YMCA Camp Kern

Saturday October 7, 2017

(with the option of staying Friday and/or Saturday night)


The “101” Conference is THE weekend outdoor education experience designed to inspire teachers and outdoor educators with creative ways to provide exciting learning experiences. Enjoy meaningful large and small group sessions, excellent company, and fine eating.


Cost: $30

Includes all sessions, programs, meals, and overnight accommodations.

Scholarships and discounts available.


Conference Schedule   


Friday (no formal sessions or events, but all are welcome)

6:30pm Check in and move into cabins or pitch a tent

Hike, Climb Pete’s Tower, relax

8:30pm Bring a snack and beverage and socialize in front of cabin 19



7:00am              Bird Walk with Alli and Huck

8:00am              Breakfast

8:30am              Registration and social time

8:50am              Gathering and announcements

9:15-10:45         Small Group Session I

11:00 – 11:45am Keynote by John Huston

Noon                 Lunch

12:50pm            Gathering and announcements

1:00 to 2:30pm   Small Group Session II

2:45 to 4:15pm   Small Group Session III

4:30 to 5:15pm   Group Discovery Hike or a nap

5:30 pm             Dinner                      

6:45 to 8:15pm   Performance by The Unexpected Party

8:30 – 9:30pm    Campfire, Songs and Stories

– Mr Jim Viles, Master of Ceremonies

9:45- ???           Post-campfire gathering and snacks in front of cabin 19


Sunday (like Friday, formal sessions, but all are welcome)

8:00am              Breakfast and evaluations

9:00am to 12:00  River Hike and/or 3-mile Little Miami River Canoe Trip



Keynote Session: Metamorphosis of the Juvenile Court System

John Huston, a Science Teacher with the Montgomery County Juvenile Court System, works with some of the most challenging students today. These kids often come from broken homes, and lack compassion for the natural world. In just six months, John’s nature-based classroom builds nature explorers that any naturalist would be proud of. Come listen to John’s stories and methods for mentoring disadvantaged kids into powerful conservation advocates.


Saturday evening entertainment provided by Ohio’s up and coming music sensation, The Unexpected Party, performing live on the Kern stage.


Small Group Sessions will include topics such as: Woodland Pollinators, Flow Learning, Simple assessments of streams, Astronomy, Wetlands.


To register or for more information, please contact:

Dave Moran at dmoran@daytonymca.org  

513-932-3756 x 1527


This event made possible by YMCA Camp Kern, the Environmental Education Council of
Ohio, and the Ohio Environmental Education Fund



Tree ClimbingKern fossil ravineBob at the Sun Serpent (2007)

Bob at Sun SerpentSunset over Elk Lake