Workshop Descriptions

“Summer Camps: The White Mountain Roots to an Iconic American Experience” was open from May 1-September 15, 2017 at the Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University.  Rather than just tell the story of the genesis of summer camp through displays of historical artifacts, the Museum utilized interactive displays both within the museum and on-line, a crowdsourced database of camp histories, an on-line archive to serve as a resource for future historians of outdoor education, and a fusion of historic and artistic displays telling the story of how experiential Romanticism became summer camp.

Paul J. “Hutch” Hutchinson, M.S., Ph.D.  


Connecting to Singing Through our Body and Thoughts

We will be experimenting with how coordinating our body and thoughts, can improve our vocal technique. Inspired by the Alexander Method.

No mater what our vocal challenge or experiences are. We will create a yes plan to expand our possibilities, to what we think is posable in our singing voice. We will be doing some singing and playing with sound, in what is called circle singing.

Let’s play with different sounds and music

Dream of what is possible

Sing from our whole body

Your friend in Song

Yedda Hay

Low Prop/No Prop Games!

You don’t need a fancy ropes course or a bucket full of materials to run awesome team building games with your students. In this workshop, you will learn games that require little to no prep or money but can have a profound positive impact on your students. These games will challenge you to use communication, cooperation, commitment, and care. Make sure to come ready to play outdoors!

Trish Fogarty discovered her love for the outdoors at summer camp and followed that passion to become a member of the summer camp administrative team at Camp Takodah. There she spent 8 fantastic summers working with youth, specializing in high ropes, low ropes, and team building initiative games. She later brought those skills to Sargent Center as an Outdoor Educator and is excited to now be part of the Cody Outdoor Education team!

Trish Fogarty
Camp Cody

To Chance your Emotions: Reaching out to Embrace Social & Emotional Learning

This interactive discussion-based workshop will focus on an aspect of our residential programs that is often not emphasized as much as the curriculum, though the social and emotional learning outcomes may be as important as science and environmental outcomes.

Robb Stolberg just completed his 20th year teaching at Walden West Outdoor School in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains. He served on the Board of the CA Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (AEOE) and has planned conferences for AEOE and ROEE. Robb was selected as the Employee of the Month for the Santa Clara County Office of Education in May 2017 and was the AEOE Northern California Environmental Educator of the Year in 2012.

Objectives/intended outcomes – I hope that participants will gain a better understanding of the impact of our programs on the social and emotional learning of our students. We will evaluate areas of our programs that lend themself to SEL outcomes and will share activities and practices that others can adopt to put additional focus on SEL. We will work together to create a frameworks to evaluate SEL outcomes in our programs. If enough time, I will discuss some of my program’s strategies in dealing with homesickness (“students missing home”).

Robb Stolberg
Walden West Outdoor School

STEM-ulating Activities on Human Ecology

Discover innovative ways to teach middle school students about human-environmental interactions, while also building STEM skills through problem solving, mathematical modeling, interactive technology and more. Interdisciplinary topics include human population growth, land and ocean use, climate change and biodiversity. Receive electronic lesson plans for use in classrooms and nature centers.

Kate Anderson is an Education Program Associate with the Population Education (PopEd) program at Population Connection in Washington, DC. Since joining the program in 2016, Kate has facilitated over 120 professional development workshops across North America. She oversees all of PopEd’s programming in the Midwestern and Western states and is involved in developing lesson plans and resources for middle and high school grades. Kate’s background is in teaching, having taught middle school science in the DC Public Schools and high school math, science and special education in Hawaii. She holds a MS in Educational Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Environmental Sciences from Middlebury College.

Objectives: 1. Participants will discover ways to build a foundational understanding of human ecology using engaging, inquiry-based activities that also build mathematical skills.

2. Participants will be able to implement a variety of teaching techniques -- small-group problem solving, data analysis, role-playing simulations, concept mapping and discussion -- for a truly inclusive classroom that works for different learning styles.

Kate Anderson
Education Program Associate with the Population Education

A Journey Through Scribbles

A journey through scribbles is a process that teaches students and adults alike how to reach their inner creativity, storytelling and overcoming the idea that they “can’t” do art. Through various scribbling activities, participants will be able to understand more about themselves and others. Educators presenting this concept to students will be able to see how group dynamics might form, how students relate to their world and how to connect better to the students they are working with.  

My name is Rachael Graber and I am currently the Manager for an off the grid lodge in Maine called Medawisla. I worked with Nature’s Classroom for 5 years, three of which were here at Sargent Center. I’ve worked in a variety of outdoor teaching environments including Farm and Wilderness, a Montessori school in Colorado and ski school in Vermont. Sargent Center taught me more than I could have ever imagined, and I am grateful for my years of engagement and learning from Mr. Larry Chambers. Most of my life, I’ve spent countless hours working with students but most importantly chancing my arm wherever I am and with whomever I meet. I practice art in my free time, and it is one of the tools I use to connect with student and adults of all ages.

A Journey Through Scribbles is a great and easy activity to do when groups are meeting for the first time. It’s a great way to get to know others, chance your arm and try something new. I encourage everyone to try some variation of art in their life, hopefully this presentation can help you and others too.

Rachael Graber
Manager AMC Medawisla Lodge

Ubuntu: How to Transform Your Programming With A Deck of Cards

Ubuntu: How to Transform Your Programming With A Deck of Cards Using High 5's own unique 54 card Ubuntu Card deck, this session will engage participants in adventuresome activities that can be easily transferred to any setting. Activity variations using the Ubuntu deck are perfect for K-Adult populations, small and large group sized, and can be played over and over again.

Phil joined the High 5 team as a Lead Trainer in May 2015 having previously worked as an Outdoor educator for 7 years. Originally from England, Phil moved to the United States in 2008 bringing high energy and devotion to the Adventure field and has presented at ACCT, BOOST, Northeast and International AEE, several AHPERDs, and at the High 5 Symposium.

Phil BrownTraining and Program Design
High 5 Adventure Learning Center

(802)-254-8718 (Office)

Connect, Empower, Lead...Be the example.

Beyond the Comfort Zone with Consent

When students explore the world outside their comfort zones, growth can happen. This growth depends, however, on being able to choose to leave their comfort zones rather than it being forced. It relies on their consent. As outdoor educators we are part of consent culture, whether we realize it or not. Using games, activities, discussion, and research, this workshop will add tools to your toolbox of how to model consent in your program. GORP included!

Linnea Joy Pierson is in her second year as an educator at NatureBridge in Yosemite and is in her fifth year in outdoor education. She has a graduate certificate in Environmental Education and Sustainability Education from Antioch University. When she’s not out teaching she’s likely to be by a swimming hole or playing fiddle.

Objectives/Intended Outcomes

The purpose of my workshop is to share how we can create a culture of consent within outdoor education. Consent is taught from a young age and we as educators are part of creating that culture, whether we realize it or not. Consent is also critical for students to get the most out of an outdoor education experience. Students “chance their arms” both by choosing to step beyond their comfort zones and by communicating their boundaries. My intention is for participants to leave feeling that they better understand what a culture of consent means, why it matters, how to live it, and how to use it to maximize the student experience.

Linnea Joy Pierson
Educator, NatureBridge in Yosemite

Coming out of your Shell: Connecting Students with Animals to inspire Deep Learning and Dynamic Community

This inquiry-based workshop is all about an authentic hands-on scientific field investigation! 
We’re going outside to work…we’ll talk later!  PVC pipe and waterproof HOBO Pendant® data loggers are the tools we’ll use to investigate/discover what’s under the ice!

We will download and analyze the data to deepen our understanding of the seasonal cycles of a turtle's life and its ability to hibernate and survive through the New England winter.

Marissa Madej
Outdoor Educator

My Yellow Book
Each week, I say to arriving students, “Tell me what you are really learning at Sargent. Don’t tell me what’s on your schedule. I have it memorized. Don’t tell me Sargent is awesome. I already know that part. I just want to know what you’re really learning.”

Here are a few entries from My Yellow Book…

“I didn’t learn anything instead I remembered who I was.”

"At Sargent, I learned my fears have limits: but I don't."

"Sargent Center is like the most amazing experience ever! I will never be able to explain it. Sargent has taught me more about life and this world we live in. Most importantly Sargent has taught me more about me than I ever knew. I will use everything I have learned here in life. It is simply amazing.”

"Sargent Center: You don't just take home luggage; you take home the experience."

"Sargent, if anyone asks what I did at Nature's Classroom I'd tell them what I became.
I did things I have always dreamed of doing and bonded with students I would have never bonded with before. There is so much I have learned over these short five days.
I believe that I couldn't have learned anything like this anywhere else. When I leave Sargent Center, I will not be the same person. I evolved into a new person: a new human being."

"Sargent taught me to be who I am not who I was."

These are just a few samples of what students tell me they’re really learning at Sargent Center.  My Yellow Book workshop is designed to give outdoor professionals, of all ages, a detailed look at the foundation and guiding principles of the Sargent Experience. I used to focus on the activities, but now the activities are the vehicles we travel in to make authentic and meaningful connections with the real world and meaningful and authentic connections with each other too!  That’s what we do at Sargent. Period. Come to My Yellow Book workshop to discover what’s hidden between the lines.

Larry Chambers, M.Ed.
School Program Director
Nature’s Classroom at Sargent Center

 “Larry Chambers, a cross between Santa Claus and a Southern Minister brings joy and passion to his work and others.”  That’s how a classroom teacher recently described Larry.  An educator, storyteller, blacksmith and a passionate outdoor enthusiast.  Larry creates authentic and meaningful outdoor experiences that engage, educate, encourage and excite students of all ages.