Place-Based Education Conference

November 9-11, 2023
Grand Rapids, Michigan

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The Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative invites you to join us for the 8th Place-Based Education Conference. Come experience a three-day conference designed to inspire and support a community of educators around the power of place-based learning.

Place-based education transforms how teachers teach and how students learn by expanding classrooms to include a community’s organizations, history, and natural features. Investing in place helps youth engage in meaningful learning and civic life, provides vital support for teachers, and strengthens communities.

Who should attend?

This national conference is for K-12 educators and students, university faculty and students, non-formal educators, natural resource professionals, staff of community organizations, business leaders, policy makers, and funders.

“I loved the community feeling at the conference. Even though there were over 300 participants, the conference had a ‘summer camp’ feeling where everyone was supportive and hugs and high fives were the norm. As a biologist and educator, I loved the balance of analytical science presentations with common sense nuts and bolts presentations with ‘how to’ approaches in PBE. I came away from the conference with renewed vigor that place-based education has deep roots in Michigan, shown by the attendance of participants from around the world and around our nation.”

2019 PBE Conference Attendee

Stay tuned for a stellar lineup of speakers for this year’s conference!

Thanks to our 2023 Hosts!

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