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Environmental organizations team up for leadership clinic

 

The Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) is excited to announce that it has teamed up with its national counterpart, the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM), to offer a unique environmental education opportunity.

This spring, eight lucky teams of four will have the opportunity to participate in the Kootenays first ever Environmental Education Leadership Clinic to be held on April 26 -29, 2014.  Taking place adjacent to Kootenay National Park at Nipika Mountain Resort, the spectacular setting will provide inspiration for all teams.

CBEEN Chair, Gillian Cooper, commented, “This Leadership Clinic will give regional organizations the opportunity to team-build, action-plan, and work with others who are doing similar work across the country.  CBEEN works to support the growing regional environmental education community, and we feel that this is the perfect time to provide and host an EE development opportunity”.

EECOM has considerable experience putting on this type of opportunity across the country.  EECOM Chair, David Zandvliet, recounted “EECOM has implemented a number of important leadership clinics over the past twenty years.  We think this leadership clinic is a great opportunity to partner with CBEEN and to help coordinate the future direction of EE in the Kootenay region and beyond.”

This initiative was made possible by generous support from the Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Power Corporation, Wild BC, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Columbia Valley Community Foundation, Institute for Environmental Learning, Environmental Education Provincial Specialist Association, Metro Vancouver and Nipika Mountain Resort.

“We want to provide the ideal setting for teams to come away with collaborative works, valuable strategies, and a plan that will turn their ideas into action”, Cooper explained.

CBEEN is looking at this clinic being used as the scaffolding to host a much larger national conference in the Kootenays in 2017 which would bring hundreds of practitioners and academics to the region.

To find out more or to apply to attend go to www.cbeen.org/leadership_clinic.

 

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