Wellborn Hub Leadership Conference

The Wellborn Hub Leadership Conference

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This conference was a chance to rejuvenate both personally and professionally!
— 2014 conference participant

About the Wellborn Hub

Through its Wellborn Ecology Fund, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has supported place-based ecology education (PBEE) initiatives in the Upper Valley since 2001. 

Since 2014, the Foundation has supported a facilitated “community of learning, inquiry and practice” (CLIP) made up of representatives of organizations that provide professional development on PBEE to Upper Valley educators. 

In 2016, the CLIP identified the need for a more centralized, coordinated and focused entity to provide support for PBEE in the Upper Valley—for teachers, school administrators, program staff, local natural-resource experts, and others. CLIP participants unanimously endorsed the idea of creating a “Wellborn PBEE Hub.” 

The Hub was founded in 2017. The goal of the Hub is to advance the work done to date to ensure that all Upper Valley schools have access to high-quality PBEE.  In April 2017, Emily Shipman was hired as Hub Coordinator. 

The Wellborn PBEE Hub is guided by a Steering Committee that includes:

  • Hannah Gelroth of VINS
  • Eloise Ginty of Mt. Lebanon School
  • Joan Haley of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park and Shelburne Farms
  • Keenan Haley of Sharon Elementary School
  • Kevin Peterson of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
  • Lisa Purcell of Four Winds Nature Institute
  • Beth Roy of Vital Communities’ Upper Valley Farm to School program.

About the Wellborn Leadership Conference 

The Wellborn Leadership Conference is an opportunity for educators to come together to learn from and share with one another about their challenges and successes doing place-based ecology education in Vermont & New Hampshire's Upper Connecticut River Valley. In 2017, we will host our 4th conference.

This year's keynote is Bill Kilburn of the Back to Nature Network, Ontario’s provincial organization representing the international children and nature movement. Read more about Bill here.

Attendees range from classroom teachers, to administrators and principals, to professional development providers and educational consultants. We all have one thing in common: a passion for getting all kids engaged with the natural word. 

This year's conference will be held on Friday, November 3rd at Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee, Vermont. We expect 100-150 participants. Register here.

Please see our conference agenda here.


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    Our vision:
    All Upper Valley schools have access to high-quality place-based ecology education.