Georgia's 14th annual Outdoor Classroom Symposium to be held Friday, November 5, 2010 at Zoo Atlanta!  This year’s theme of "Get Outdoors! Teaching Locally, Connecting Globally" will feature hands-on sessions on how to create outdoor teaching spaces, how to how to teach outdoors, and how to use local resources to make connections to the larger world.  

New this year, three speakers will give presentations in the Zoo Atlanta auditorium. They include:
*  Daron Joffe AKA "Farmer D" of Farmer D Organics
*  Jerry Hightower, Outdoor Educator Extraordinaire from the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area 
*  Dr. Joe Mendelson, Curator of Herpetology at Zoo Atlanta

The always popular "make and take" classes and post-symposium workshops will also be offered. Other highlights will include informative exhibits prepared by program providers and outdoor classroom experts, presentation of the Outdoor Classroom Service Award, and endless opportunities for networking and inspiration!

Educators may also choose to extend their learning and earn a professional learning unit (1 PLU) by participating in the "Our Shared Forests" post-symposium workshop to be held 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM at the Zoo on Saturday, November 6.   "Our Shared Forests" is a multi-cultural, environmental education project featuring standards-based curriculum units on ethnobotany, migratory birds and sustainable forests as well as family science night kits. 

See the full schedule of sessions, workshops, and events.

Online symposium registration is now open!  Register by by  Friday, October 29, 2010. 

Complete Details / Registration

The Outdoor Classroom Council (OCC) is an initiative of the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia (EEA) and is comprised of a coalition of organizations and individuals who share an interest in the design, development, maintenance, use, and longevity of outdoor classrooms.  OCC serves teachers, parents, principals, and community volunteers by coordinating Georgia's annual Outdoor Classroom Symposium and providing resource information at

Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-552-4461 / 706-540-0032
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