Heartland Regional Student Symposium Is Coming Up!

The Third Annual Heartland Region Student Summit is taking place at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center in Carbondale, IL in a little over two weeks!  Thanks to you, and the others who joined you around the fire at Camp Ondessonk in 2012, the momentum surrounding this event continues to build.  We are now reaching out for your help in spreading the word about this year’s experience. 

Even if you have already graduated, you are invited to attend and perhaps you know of some solid students still around in your program.  We have a couple spots left for workshop presentations and are looking for great ideas worth sharing with this year’s attendees. 

Some key things to know:
  • The Early Bird registration rate of $90.00 for the weekend has been extended until Monday, March 24th.  This fee covers the conference, lodging, meals and entertainment.
  • Check-in starts at 2:00pm Thursday, April 3rd.  Opening Circle starts at 4:30pm.
  • Highlights of the event include 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act celebration; student-presented workshops; representatives from federal land management agencies and regional outdoor recreation and education programs; an awesome jazz and blues band playing live Friday night; and campfire mentoring.
  • Keynote Speaker: Karl Rohnke, one of the founding fathers of team building and the challenge course industry.
  • Closing circle takes place at 10:00am on Saturday.
  • Touch of Nature staff will be facilitating post-conference activities on Saturday, including high-ropes course programming, rock climbing, and paddling experiences.
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You can find out more about this year’s Student Summit, our keynote speaker, submit a workshop proposal and register for the event by clicking here.
Please consider joining us again, and helping us to spread the word! 

Best regards,
Evan Coulson and the 2014 Student Summit Convening Committee
Evan Coulson

Instructor, Outdoor Recreation Leadership
Department of Health Education and Recreation
Southern Illinois University
475 Clocktower Drive
Pulliam 216F—Mail Code 4632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone (618) 759-1547
PhD Student, Recreation Ecology
Forest Recreation and Park Management


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