a Conference for Leading Effective
Adventure Programs

February 27-28, 2017

Adventure Learning Centre at Canterbury Hills, Ancaster, ON

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LEAP Conference
February 27, 2017

"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 2017 features our guest presenter Chris Cavert, and also includes a kick-off playnote with the Adventureworks! team, nine exciting workshops, & a full-day post-conference session. At LEAP 2017 you will meet like-minded people who are passionate about engaging participant learning through experiential and adventure based learning!

2017 Sessions:
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Conference Schedule: February 27, 2017
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.

Post-Conference Session
Portable Team Building Activities:
Elements & Activities for Anywhere
Chris Cavert, FUNdoing
February 28, 2017

Experience and explore Chris' collection of highly versatile team building and cooperative group activities including the portable, low cost, build-your-own PVCystem. This workshop is about creating (or expanding) a portable challenge course program without spending a lot of money. Absorb useable ideas and collect resources for your challenge course, school, or camp programs. Chris will also be providing tips and tools related to facilitating team building activities and how these types of activities are directly connected to character building and 21st century skills.

Great learning and resources for teachers, youth leaders and mobile adventure-based facilitators with little room for storage but a great need for a variety of activities. Be prepared to "microspand" your repertoire by learning how to use what you already have to do more. You don’t need a lot to go big!

The activities presented in this workshop are suitable for groups of 10 to 25 participants 13 years old and older. All the necessary props for the ground-based and low element activities are easy to find or can be made with accessible resources. All facilitation experience levels are welcome – there will be something new for everyone.

2017 Guest Presenter:
Chris Cavert

Chris Cavert has been actively educating groups of all ages for more than 30 years. He is an author, speaker and professional trainer in the area of experiential adventure-based education focusing on how activities within this field help to develop and enhance pro-social behaviors and emotional intelligence - especially with youth populations. Chris is currently the principal player and program developer of FUNdoing, and was previously and Assistant Professor in the Health and Physical Education department at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

Chris holds a Physical Education teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, a Masters Degree in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University at Mankato, specializing in curriculum development, and an Educational Doctorate degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Northern Arizona University.

Chris has authored (along with some co-authors) fifteen adventure-based related activity books including The Empty Bag, Affordable Portables, the Games For... series, and most recently Portable Team building Activities. These books focus on sharing activities that help educators, in many different fields, use experiential adventure-based education to encourage pro-social behaviors and emotional intelligence in the groups that they work with.
LEAP Conference
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February 27 & 28, 2017
LEAP Conference
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February 27, 2017

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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 27. Contact our office for details. Subject to additional fees.