If the impacts of Climate Change can be turned around by ensuring a deep connection between humans and the natural world, those working in outdoor education and the nature connection movement will be key change makers. Indigenous knowledge and practices are used for this connection work and we need to talk about how we can do this in integrity.

An Opportunity to Include Your Voice

We invite you to join us as we learn and grow together through a vitally important conversation about how we can re-center our work to support both decolonization and reparation. This conversation is for everyone, especially those working outdoors with people of any age; including educators, mentors, camp counselors, and parents.

Potential Topics of Discussion Include:

What is decolonization and why is it absolutely necessary for our work?
What is cultural appropriation and how do we address it?
How can we begin to repair relations, and reciprocate with Indigenous people?
What does all of this mean for the future of our work?

Greenfield Community College, 1 College Dr.
Greenfield, MA  01301
United States

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 6pm-9pm
Doors open at 6:00 pm for Music, Refreshments and Nature-Connection Partner Showcase.
Panel Discussion 7-9pm

$25 General Public

$15 Greenfield Community College Students and Faculty - use the code: equity for $10 off

$250 Nature Connection Partner Showcase Package - includes 10 tickets and Showcase Table


Sliding scale admission to all who identify as Black, Indigenous or Persons of Color (BIPOC).

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A portion of the proceeds from this event will be allocated to the 8 Shields Reparations and Reciprocity Fund, lending support to BIPOC-led organizations at the forefront of the movement to establish racial equity in Outdoor Education.

Panelist Speakers:

David and Saskia Vanderhoop are the founders-directors of Sassafras Earth Education on Martha’s Vineyard island, a nonprofit that offers Nature Connection Mentoring programs since 2005. David and Saskia are also representatives of the Nature Connection Network, Art of Mentoring facilitators, and Bird Language specialists. Through David’s background and traditional upbringing as an Aquinnah Wampanoag Native, Sassafras brings acknowledgement and visibility to Native teachings, and actively works on promoting decolonization.

Jon Young is a naturalist, wildlife tracker, peacemaker, author and storyteller. As a leader in the field of nature-based community building over 30 years, Jon’s research into the impact and significance of nature on human intelligence and development has influenced tens of thousands of people worldwide.

Jon has authored and co-authored several books, including What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World (2013), and Coyote's Guide to Connecting to Nature (2007). In 2016, he received the Champion of Environmental Education Award for his innovative work, which has inspired positive developments in the field, and fostered the growth of the nature connection movement on a global level.

You can also join us for a hands-on experience with Bird Language: Honouring the Indigenous Roots of an Ancient Practice May 31-June 2, 2019 Details here: Rowe Center Bird Language Weekend