New England is a beautiful area - we have mountains, rivers and the ocean. Combine that with the proliferation of educational institutions, summer camps and guiding outfits and you have a pretty sweet environment for folks who like to work with young people in the outdoors.
Why then aren't there more networks connecting us all together? I was asked this question recently by a colleague from the Oliverian School. I was inspired to write this post and share a few links of local or niche educator networks.
- The Independent School Adventure Network is small but growing and dedicated specifically to independent schools.
- The Association of Experiential Education has a north east region that is very active and hosts an annual conference. It's a good conference - I even presented at it!
- There is an extremely active series of discussion forums on outdoor education.
- Facebook has a huge number of related groups (must be on Facebook to view).
So stay tuned - I think we're going to arrange some kind of a social gathering to start the ball rolling on some kind of a network!