2017 PLATEAU Conference

Learn from the best in place-based education at the annual Four Corners School of Outdoor Education PLATEAU teacher conference. Participating teachers will learn from experienced educators of diverse backgrounds how to develop curricula and engage their students in place-based education activities.

Our 2017 Conference Was Success!

Thank you to all our attendees!

Check back in January for more details about our 2018 Conference - Scheduled for March 3rd and 4th!

Recharge and Renew: Getting Your Feet Wet with Place-Based Education

Splash into the PLATEAU Annual Conference to learn refreshing and rejuvenating ideas about teaching traditional concepts. Choose from session topics covering hands-on, outdoor, experiential, and culturally inclusive teaching and learning techniques. Outstanding networking opportunities abound for partnerships and idea sharing.


Mapping Human Ecology and the Colorado Watershed Presentation - Chelsea Silva

San Juan Heritage Language and Learning Center

Rio de Flag



Dr. Cynthia Dott is a professor in the Department of Biology and an affiliate faculty member in the Environmental Studies program at Fort Lewis College. She joined the college in 2001. Dr. Dott researches plant community ecology and has worked extensively on the Colorado Plateau and in the southern Rocky and San Juan Mountains. Specifically, she studies groundwater and surface hydrology and floodplain forests on the Dolores and Animas Rivers as well as riparian community dynamics and their interactions with geomorphic processes, interactions between riparian community structure and changes in natural disturbance regimes, impacts of changing climate on disturbance regimes and more.

Dr. Gary Gianniny is a professor in the Department of Geosciences at Fort Lewis College. He joined the college in 1999. Dr. Gianniny’s research focuses on sedimentary geology associated with aquifers and oil and gas, climate change, water issues and other related topics in the southwestern United States. Prior to Fort Lewis, he was an assistant professor at Bucknell University. Dr. Gianniny was the 2012 Fort Lewis College Scholar of the Year. He is the past president (and vice president) of the Four Corners Geological Society and serves as President of the organization’s Foundation board.


Organizations attending:

  • Kinsey Inquiry & Discovery School
  • Mount Elden Middle School
  • Sinagua Middle School
  • Tse'bii'nidzisgai Elementary
  • Hotchkiss Elementary (CO)
  • Dove Creek Elementary (CO)
  • Dream Dine (NM)
  • Tibbetts Middle School (Farmington NM)
  • Central Primary (Bloomfield NM)
  • Country Club Elementary (Farmington NM)
  • Life Draw
  • Edge of the Cedars Museum
  • Americorps VISTA team
  • Project Learning Tree
  • Crow Canyon
  • Blue Dot Education 3