a Conference for Leading Effective
Adventure Programs

February 26-27, 2018

Adventure Learning Centre at Canterbury Hills, Ancaster, ON

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LEAP Conference
February 26, 2018

"Inspiring. Very motivational, and an amazing reminder of why we do what we do."
- Past Conference Attendee

This one-day event brings together a wide range of adventure educators - from those using challenge courses at outdoor centres to those facilitating experiential education in the classroom. The day includes networking opportunities, workshops, and a great line-up of presenters.

LEAP 2018 features our guest presenter, and also includes a kick-off playnote with the Adventureworks! team, nine exciting workshops, & a full-day post-conference session. At LEAP 2018 you will meet like-minded people who are passionate about engaging participant learning through experiential and adventure based learning!


Focus / Intended Audience Codes:
MD = Course Managers and Directors
F = Facilitators
ED = Educators

Conference Schedule: February 26, 2018
08:00am - Arrival & Registration
08:30am - Welcome & "Play"note
09:30am - Workshop Session 1
11:15am - Workshop Session 2
12:30pm - Lunch & Networking
01:45pm - Workshop Session 3
03:30pm - Closing Remarks
04:00pm - Conference Ends
*Please note: Conference schedule is subject to change.

2018 Post-Conference Session:
February 27, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

The Container Concept
Conditions for Creating a Sense of Community

Laurie Frank

Living and working in a community does not mean there is necessarily a connection to those in that community. A "container" must be developed for a sense of community to grow and thrive.

This full-day workshop will explore The Container Concept for creating a sense of community, and will unfold in three parts to include: Why create a sense of community in a given environment (e.g. school, youth group, neighborhood committees, ones family, at work); defining sense of community; and both conditions and a sequential model to create a sense of community.

Participants from wide-ranging disciplines, be it youth workers, classroom teachers, outdoor educators, or corporate trainers will leave with a vision, mission, and a framework for creating a healthy container in which a sense of community can develop.

2018 Guest Presenter:
Laurie Frank

Laurie Frank is a former public school teacher who has worked in the adventure and experiential education arenas for 25 years. She began her career as a special education teacher in emotional disabilities, working with students of all ages. Her path diverged upon the discovery of adventure education and experiential methodologies. The need to develop community within the school setting was apparent, and the adventure philosophy seemed the perfect vehicle to achieve that goal.

Laurie is the owner/director of GOAL Consulting, working with school districts, camps and non-profit organizations around the country to create environments where students, faculty, staff, and families are invited into the educational process. She also helps schools develop experiential education curriculum for children and young adults.

Ms. Frank was a leader in designing the nationally recognized Stress/Challenge adventure program for Madison (Wisconsin) Metropolitan School District, and wrote their curriculum, Adventure in the Classroom, in 1988 and she wrote Journey Toward the Caring Classroom (2004), an experiential approach to creating community in schools. She also collaborated on two books: one with Chris Cavert, titled Games (& Other Stuff) for Teachers (1999), and the other with Ambrose Panico titled, Adventure Education for the Classroom Community (2000, Revised 2007).

Laurie has been a Certified Trainer with Project Adventure, and is a recipient of the Michael Stratton Practitioner of the Year award from the Association for Experiential Education. She currently serves on the boards of the Association for Experiential Education, Wisconsin Youth Company, Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, and the Hancock Center for Movement Arts and Therapies. In 2008 she became part of a collective of owners with Wood N Barnes Publishing dedicated to providing quality books by respected authors on experiential approaches to learning.
LEAP Conference
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February 26 & 27, 2018
LEAP Conference
(Single-Day Only)

February 26, 2018

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For more info: 1 (877) 311-5683 or info@adventureworks.org

Overnight cabin accommodation at the Adventure Learning Centre at Canterbury Hills
is available for February 26. Contact our office for details. Subject to additional fees.