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World Forestry Centre Educators Institute Program

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National Arboretum Canberra, Terrace Room

Forest Drive

Molonglo Valley, ACT 2611


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ForestLearning, a program of Forest and Wood Products Australia, in conjunction with the World Forestry Center’s Rick Zenn, are pleased to invite participants to attend the first Australian adaptation of the internationally renowned “International Educators Institute (IEI) program.

Participants are invited from professionals working in forestry, wood processing and products, education, communications, government, natural resource management, universities, schools and more who wish to advance effective communications, teaching and learning about the interrelated social, economic and environmental challenges facing the earth’s forests, and how this relates to an Australian sustainable forest and wood system.

About the course
For the first time out of the USA to deliver this program, Rick Zenn, Senior Fellow at World Forestry Center. will be facilitating a 2-day program in conjunction with Vic Forests’ Liz Langford, and other Australian alumni of the Oregon program.

The World Forestry Center International Educators Institute is the premier professional development program for people in forestry, wood processing, education, research, natural resource management and strategic communication who are committed to advancing effective teaching and learning about the world’s forests and wood industry. The residential leadership program was founded in 1996 by Rick Zenn, and has more than 250 distinguished alumni in government, business, NGOs, universities, and schools working in 43 countries and 36 states of America.

Outcomes for participants
Combining content-rich, hands-on experiences outdoors with an exchange of best practices in forest and wood education, Australia’s own “International Educators Institute” seeks to advance effective teaching and learning about Australian forests in the context of global systems. User-friendly educational materials and media along with individual and small group exercises, will allow participants to capture and share their learning experience with colleagues, organisations and communities at home.

Enjoy guided tours through a variety of forest types planted within Canberra’s National Arboretum as we share different perspectives on teaching and learning and sustainable forestry practices, effective communication and hands-on activity strategies, using contexts of sustainable forestry and wood products within schools and community groups, forest conservation, biodiversity, and climate change. See the forest with new eyes, top to bottom, with scientists and forestry workers who have previously attended the International Education Institute program in Oregon and are passionate to share their learnings within an Australian context. Develop your individual or organisation’s skills in communication and education to more effectively partner with schools and communicate to the broader community.

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Rick Zenn, Senior Fellow, World Forestry Centre

  • Beth Welden, Manager, ForestLearning

  • Liz Langford, Regional Engagement Officer, VicForests

  • Darcy Vickers | Hannah Kench, Forest Education Foundation

  • Phil Lacy, Technical Services Manager, PF Olsen

  • Heather Tregoning, Education Officer, National Arboretum

  • Assoc. Prof. Cris Brack, Australian National University, Fenner School of Forestry


Day 1 – Wednesday 2nd May

9:45-10:15 - Morning tea/welcome, Terrace Room, Arboretum (Beth Welden)

10:15-10:30 - Brief background to workshop outcomes and presenters, Terrace Room, Arboretum (Beth Welden)

10:30-11:30 - Opportunities Opener and group sharing: “POWERPAIRS” activity – teach| learn| local| global,

Terrace Room, Arboretum (Rick Zenn )

11:30-13:00 - Setting the scene: The ecology of forests – interactive small group activities.Terrace Room, Arboretum | Gardens nearby (Team)

13:00-13:45 - Lunch, Terrace Room and outdoor pergola

13:45-15:45 - #1 and #2 leadership and communication activities - ecology of forests: two groups rotating through two 50-minute stations. Dairy Farmers Hill and Ness III Sculpture (Rick Zenn, Liz Langford)

15:45-16:05 - Afternoon tea, Terrace Room, Arboretum

16:05-17:05 - The sustainable management of Forests – the why’s, what’s and how’s! Brainstorming, Small group activities, presentations. Terrace Room, Arboretum (Liz Langford, Phil Lacy)

17:05-17:30 - Shuttle to the Himalayan cedar forest BBQ area for pre-dinner networking. Himalayan Cedar Forest (Beth Welden)

18:00-19:00 - Dinner under the cedars! Himalayan Cedar Forest

19:00-20:00 - “The Weird and Wonderful Uses for Wood” – outdoor presentation, Himalayan Cedar Forest (Assoc. Prof. Cris Brack)

20:10 - Shuttle buses depart for University House accommodation (Beth Welden)

Day 2 – Thursday 3rd May 2018

8:15 - Shuttle buses depart University House for Arboretum, Southern carpark outside reception (Beth Welden)

8:30– 8:45 - Refresh Day 1, outline of Day 2. Terrace Room, Arboretum. (Beth Welden)

8:45 – 9:45 - #3 Leadership and communication activity, The Clearing – forest Amphitheatre (STEP- Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Park) (Rick Zenn, Liz Langford)

9:45-10:45 - #4 Leadership and communication activity. The Clearing – forest Amphitheatre (STEP- Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Park), (Rick Zenn, Volunteer from participants)

10:45-11:05 - Morning Tea, Terrace Room and outdoor pergola

11:05-12:15 - Hands on in the forest – communication activities including Tree Lifecycles. Eucalyptus Forest | Acorn Forest (Darcy Vickers, Hannah Kench)

12:15-13:00 - Lunch. Terrace Room, Arboretum

13:00-14:00 - Best practice in forestry communications and programs activity - small group rotations. The Gardens – series of discovery and gallery gardens (Rick Zenn, Volunteer from participants)

14:00-14:45 - Who’s who in the coop - Resources, networks and programs in Australia. Terrace Room, Arboretum. (Beth Welden and team)

14:45-15:00 - Afternoon Tea. Terrace Room, Arboretum outdoor pergola

15:00-16:20 - Looking back and looking forward - Review of workshop and “My Action Plan” with group sharing session. Terrace Room, Arboretum. (Rick Zenn)

16:20-16:30 - Evaluation and close. Terrace room, Arboretum (Beth Welden).

16:40 - Shuttle buses depart for University House


What is included in my free registration?

- Workshop venue at the National Arboretum

- Internationally renowned workshop presenters and facilitators

- Workshop meals - instant tea and coffee. (you are welcome to purchase a coffee from the on site cafe should your coffee needs require).
* Day 1: morning tea, light lunch, afternoon tea, dinner
* Day 2: morning tea, light lunch, afternoon tea

- Bus Transport to and from University House to the National Arboretum workshop venue

* Day 1 - departing University House for National Arboretum 9:30am
* Day 1 - departing National Arboretum for University House - following workshop/dinner

* Day 2 - departing University House for National Arboretum 8:15am
* Day 2 - departing National Arboretum for University House 4:30pm

What costs am I responsible for paying?

- Transport to and from Canberra;

- Accommodation costs for your stay in Canberra. We have secured a group booking discount through University House in Canberra at a rate of $149 for a queen superior or a twin (2 single beds) room ($169 including breakfast). We encourage participatants to book asap into University House by calling: +61 2 6125 5275 or or 1800 814 864, using the group booking code: 1805NATION_001. Alternative accommodation nearby can be found at Liversidge Court Apartments at ANU. Both options will provide you with easy walking access to bus transport to and from the workshop venue as well as additional networking opportunities.

- Breakfast (at your accommodation or other - University House can provide a buffet breakfast with accommodation as per group booking arrangements)

- Transport to and from the airport (where applicable)

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

If you are self driving to the workshop venue, Terrace Room National Arboretum - there is ample parking available at a cost of $7.80/day via parking meters (accept coins or credit card). For more information on getting to the venue including maps as well as parking options please go to:

If you are staying at University House or Liversidge Court Apartments, there is a bus to transport you each day to and from the venue - see FAQ 1 above.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email Beth Welden, Manager ForestLearning with any queries or enquiries about any aspect of the program or workshop on or call 0490857058

Can you cater for my Dietary requirements?

We have provided some special dietary choices in the registration process. Please ensure you choose the most appropriate for your needs. While we have created some choices we can not however cater for people with severe food allergies.

People with severe food allergies can react to tiny traces of certain food types inadvertently present in ingredients or on cooking utensils.

Our light meals, morning and afternoon teas are prepared by various caterers and each sources food and ingredients from many different suppliers. It is not feasible to test or control every ingredient and utensil used in preparing every meal to the level of being able to guarantee there will be no traces of an allergen substance present.

We also realise that some participants have allergies so severe they can react to the presence of tiny quantities of food in the air. It is not feasible to exclude these minute traces from the Event, since we cannot control what is brought at the Event by other participants or left behind by other Events. We therefore, advise that we are unable to provide allergen-free meals and/or an allergen-free environment at any of Events. We do have a selection of special meal options available, however please note that we are not able to cater for individual requests for specific food items to be included or excluded from any of our meals.

Self catering

If you require absolute certainty of an allergen-free meal, you're welcome to bring your own meal to the Event. However, because of limited facilities, we are not able to heat meals that you bring with you.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, your details will be collated and your registration will be brought to the event.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No - Where possible, please register the attending participant's name and organisation for name badge purposes.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?


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