David Sobel (Antioch University), academic and educator, the author of world-known books like “Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators” or “Place-Based Education”, has accepted our invitation for WEEC. In his speech “Why 21st Century Children Need Nature”, he will review some of the research on why nature is good for children and will provide examples of how families, schools, and communities are re-introducing children to the natural world.
What are the „field sessions“? The 11th WEEC wants to be a bridge between the theory and the practice. In addition to parallel sessions shaped by researchers and scholars, we offer ten sessions, organized by nine Czech environmental education centers. At the field sessions, Congress participants may spend 1-2 days in urban or outdoor centers by discussing a broad scale of topics defined by the practitioners. As a participant, you may engage in sharing your experience about environmental education in contemporary zoological gardens, discuss the challenges of inquiry-based learning programs, get involved in the topic “Folk traditions and traditional crafts in environmental education”, or to the other fascinating topics. Finally yet importantly, you may enjoy discussions in smaller groups of people of the same interest in non-formal settings and find new partners for your future projects.