Looking to Grow Your Sustainability Knowledge This Summer? Check Out These Opportunities


Fuse 19: Design Thinking for Educators – Atlanta, GA

June 5 - 7, 2019

Fuse19 exists at the intersection of business and education – it is a conference for exploring the possibilities of design thinking, the maker movement, entrepreneurship and innovation. Hosted by the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI) and Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (MVPS), this multi-day experience brings together leaders from education and corporate industries from around the country, with the intent to inspire transformative impact and change. Participants gain hands-on experience to build capacity as learners and leaders within their organizations and innovation teams.

Cost: $175 – $895


School Garden Teacher Training – West Sonoma County, CA

June 17 - 21, 2019

July 8 - 12, 2019

OAEC’s School Garden Teacher Training supports schools in creating and sustaining garden-based ecological literacy programs and helps build a strong cohort of colleagues.This training is designed for individuals or teams of teachers, garden educators, administrators and core parent volunteers.

Cost: $950 per participant for individuals, $900 per person for members of school teams (2+ from the same school)


Walton Sustainability Academy – Missoula, MT

June 17-21, 2019

June 24-28, 2019

July 15-19, 2019

The Walton National Sustainability Teachers’ Academy is an intensive, five-day professional development workshop for K-12 teachers held every summer. Participants receive a thorough introduction to sustainability science through hands-on activities and lectures by experts in the field. Engaging field trips highlight sustainability in action at local business and other organizations. Through ample networking opportunities, teachers become part of a dedicated community of sustainability activists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and other educators.

Application deadline: March 15, 2019

Cost: $0

Each individual receives a $300 stipend for participating in the workshop. An additional $300 stipend is available after completing a project in their home school and/or district.

Project Based Learning World Conference – Napa Valley, CA

June 18 - 20, 2019

PBL World is a one-of-a-kind, multi-day event for Project Based Learning. Each year, it brings together educators - K-12 teachers, instructional coaches, and school and district leaders - who want to begin and advance their Project Based Learning practice, and connect with a community of their peers. The event is an immersive experience that actively engages participants in deep, focused, real work, in collaboration with peers.

Cost: $1,150 – $1,475

Environmental Literature Institute at Exeter – Exeter, NH

June 23 - 28, 2019

ELI is a transformative experience designed to expand thinking about environmental education and to revitalize work with students and colleagues. This week-long teacher training aims to cultivate a community of educators interested in environmentally-focused teaching and learning. It emphasizes how the methods and approaches of disciplines in the humanities can enhance environmental learning. The various workshops, speakers, and events offers rich ideas for teachers in all disciplines, including the natural and social sciences.

Cost: $1,500

Community Works Institute on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability – Brooklyn, NY

June 24 - 28, 2019

Participants include a diverse group of K-16 teachers and administrators, along with community based educators.

Cost: $899 – $1,289 (early registration rates available)


Education for Sustainability Leadership Academy – Shelburne, VT

July 8 - 10, 2019

Through the ten days of this program, we create a learning community exploring Education for Sustainability (EFS), systems thinking, and leadership for school transformation. We will engage participants with new ways of thinking, skills to create change and nurture themselves, and present them with innovative ideas & strategies to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the future. At the heart of this work is educators and a sense of hope, love and resilience.Cost: $1,500

Photo by Phil Kahler

Photo by Phil Kahler

Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week – Bremen, MN

July 14 - 19, 2019


Learn practical approaches and add inspiration to your environmental education curriculum during this action-packed program. Hog Island Audubon’s experienced and enthusiastic instructors share their favorite approaches, methods, and activities for engaging both children and adults with nature.


Cost: $1,045 – $1,445

CELF Annual Summer Institute – Multiple Locations, NY

Westchester County, NY – July 15 - 18, 2019

New York City, NY – July 29 - 31, 2019

An intensive multi-day workshop that enables teachers to integrate the concepts of sustainability into their existing curricula. The Institute equips K-12 teachers with practices and teaching methods to address the core concepts of EfS – the intersection of social, economic, and ecological systems – and how the balance of those three systems is vital to a sustainable future, and relevant to all subject areas.

Cost: Westchester County, $550 per person ($500 per person for school teams of 3 or more participants)

New York City, $500 per person ($450 per person for school teams of 3 or more participants)

Education for Sustainability: Summer Institute – Shelburne, VT

July 22 - 26, 2019

This week is part conference, part workshop, part retreat. Designed to be dynamic and democratic, the Institute offers teachers the time and space to develop projects of personal interest while providing opportunities to learn from colleagues and other leaders in field of Education for Sustainability. Interactive sessions will feature a blend of individual work time, peer-to-peer feedback, resource sharing, hands-on learning experiences, and large and small group discussions.

Cost: $60

Photo By Jaime Amling

Photo By Jaime Amling

Colorado Rockies Alpine Backpacking for Educators – Colorado

July 28 - Aug 4, 2019

This eight-day wilderness experience is designed to give primary, secondary, and college educators an introduction to the Outward Bound model of experiential education.

Cost: $1,895


Adult Courses and Outdoor Adventures at the College of the Atlantic

Field Botany: Plants of New England - July 28 - August 10, 2019

From Capture to Print: Digital Photography and Photoshop - July 28 - Aug 3, 2019

Plein-Air Watercolor Painting with Rob Finn - August 4-10, 2019

Our goal is to educate and inspire life-long learners through “hands-on” experiential learning by offering programs that appeal to both new and our ever-growing list of returning participants. Learning will include on-campus studio or lab work, informal discussions or lectures, and field trips out and about in Mount Desert Island’s picturesque Acadia National Park and the outer islands of Frenchman Bay.

Cost: Varied

Summer Curriculum Design Studio: Education for a Sustainable Future – Rhinebeck, NY

Aug. 5 - 9,2019

An immersive Introduction to Education for Sustainability (EfS) over the weekend and 5 Days of Curriculum Design and Coaching. Gain access to expertise, resources and tools required to design elegant curricula for use in the classroom, protocols for professional  development, or action plans designed to implement EfS change initiatives in schools and communities. Onsite lodging and meals optional.

Cost: $445 for members, $495 for non-members

Updated as of March 8, 2019

Compiled by Maryana Dumalska, Sustainability Intern at Boyer Sudduth Environmental Consultants, and a junior at Boston College studying Environmental Geosciences and Economics.