Critical Skills Institute-Northeast Kingdom
Aug 8 @ 8:00 am – Aug 12 @ 4:00 pm


For Teachers in northern Vermont and northern New Hampshire

This Summer open-enrollment Critical Skills Institute will meet on the following dates:
Monday, August 8 – Friday August 12, 2016
from 8:00am-4:00pm.

A certificate for professional development hours will be provided. Participants may choose to take this weeklong institute for graduate credit for an additional registration fee of $350.

Group discounts are available for 4 or more teachers from the same district.

This course will be held at The Barn at Riverside, 30 Lily Pond Road, Lyndonville, Vermont.

Visit these website links for more information on the Critical Skills Program.

The Critical Skills Classroom
A Critical Skills Institute

Individual Registration–$700 each
Group Rate-for a team of four teachers from the same district–$650 each
Staff at Riverside Academy–$625 each

Nature Based Leadership Workshop
Aug 20 all-day

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Join us for an inspiring day focused on how you can benefit from the emerging field of nature-based leadership and put your knowledge to work for others. Leave refreshed and ready to bring the benefits of nature-based experiences to every facet of your life–at home, in relationships, at play and at work in settings as diverse as business, health care and organizational development. And join a growing worldwide community of people committed to reconnecting people with nature for their own health and well-being, and that of Earth itself.


  • Human health and well-being are inextricably linked to the health of the planet’s living systems.
  • Direct experiences in nature nourish health, hope, creativity and compassion.
  • Nature-based leadership is inherently life-giving. Evidence and common sense indicate that nature itself can heal, inspire, inform and guide all human activities. Every lesson for living, learning, serving and leading is either written indelibly in or inspired in nature.


  • How to apply nature’s lessons to enhance your life, at home, work, and everywhere else.
  • Strategies for incorporating principles of nature-based leadership in business, education, non-profit and health sectors.
  • A sense of community, connection and support.
  • Opportunities to learn more, from graduate school to life itself.


Systems thinking, ecological leadership, conservation psychology, ecopsychology, biomimicry, biophilia.

FOR: Business owners, managers and supervisors; teachers, school principals, administrators and other educators; non-profit executives; health care professionals; and anyone interested in leadership development and positive social change.

Innovators and Nature Based Leaders

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 12.23.33 PMCheryl Charles, Ph.D., is an innovator, author, organizational executive, educator and widely-sought public speaker. In the fall of 2015, Cheryl was named Research Scholar and founding Executive Director of the Nature Based Leadership Institute at Antioch University New England (AUNE). The vision of the Institute is a world in which all humans live, learn, serve and lead in healthy balance with the natural world. Cheryl is the Co-Founder, along with author Richard Louv and others, of the Children & Nature Network ( She is President and CEO Emerita of the Network and coordinates its international activities. Recipient of numerous awards for her leadership, she served as founding National Director of the pioneering K-12, interdisciplinary environment education programs, Project Learning Tree and Project WILD, both of which remain available and widely used. She has applied concepts of nature-based leadership throughout her career in support of positive social change, including her work in the last decade to help build the worldwide movement to reconnect children with nature.

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 12.24.32 PMBeverly Winterscheid, Ph.D., is a successful business person who left the corporate sector to create and serve as Founding Partner of the Center for Nature and Leadership (CNL) with its focus on nature-based leadership development. The Center specializes in nature-based and traditional leadership development, coaching and mentorship for corporate intrapreneurs, social entrepreneurs and change agents from all sectors. Beverly served as leadership professor at Bard College in the Sustainability MBA program, was leadership professor and captstone advisor for six years in the MBA in Managing for Sustainability program at Marlboro College, and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Sustainability Business Network of Washington D.C. In addtion to her work with the Center for Nature and Leadership, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Sheep Mountain Alliance, a grassroots citizen organization dedicated to the preservation of the natural environment in the Telluride Region of Southwest Colorado. She is one of the founders of the Nature Based Leadership Institute at Antioch University New England.

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 12.24.15 PMSteve Jones, Ph.D., is the former President of Antioch University New England. He is also a forester by training and a poet by choice. It was Steve’s vision as a founder that created the Nature Based Leadership Institute at Antioch University New England.

Download the workshop flyer.

For more information visit the webpage for the Nature Based Leadership Institute.

Questions? Contact Peg Smeltz at Antioch University New England,, 603-283-2301.

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Environmental Studies PhD Visiting Day
Dec 2 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

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