Alabama Nature Teachers and Schools

Alabama Nature Teachers and Schools (ANTS) is an amazing new organization whose goal is to promote the love of the wild and the teaching of its value through nature-based education. ANTS brings together nature-based educators and schools across the state to join minds and initiatives for a better collaborative and inclusive state-wide nature-education effort.

ANTS will hold an inaugural conference this August to establish the organization and develop strategies for achieving its goals.

WHERECamp McDowell, Nauvoo, Alabama
WHENAugust 12 – 14, 2022
WHOYou are welcome to join the conference if:
• You teach or administer a nature-based school.
• You hope to start a nature-based school.
• You are a parent of a child who is enrolled in a nature education program or you would love to see that happen!
• You are interested in learning more about nature-based education.
• You have read David Sobel’s work and are a fan!

Tentative Agenda

Friday, August 12th

3:00 PM – 5:00 PMCheck-inCamp McDowell Camp Store
5:00 PMWine and charcuterie socialPhifer Hall
6:00 PMDinnerTBD
7:00 PMCommunity Gathering, Explanation of Open Space AgendaPhifer Hall

Saturday, August 13th

Before breakfast options: Yoga, hike, farm tour
8:00 AMBreakfast
9:00 – 10:15 AMKeynote with David SobelPhifer Hall
10:45 – 11:45 AMOpen Space Agenda Session #1Phifer Hall
12:00 PMLunch
1:00 – 2:00 PMOpen Space Agenda Session #2Phifer Hall
2:15 – 3:10 PMOpen Space Agenda Session #3Phifer Hall
3:20 – 4:15 PMOpen Space Agenda Session #4Phifer Hall
4:15 – 6:00 PMFree time: Swim, Hike to Tiller’s swimming hole, Canoe, Hike across the swinging bridge
6:00 PMDinner
7:00 PMCommunity Gathering, Music, Storytelling

Sunday, August 14th

7:00 AMYoga
8:00 AMBreakfast
9:00 – 11:00 AMWorkshop with David Sobel
11:00ClosingPhifer Hall