Conferences, Workshops and Camps
The mission of the SportAbility of Iowa Adapted Sports Camp is to give qualified young people from Iowa, second grade through high school and with various lower limb disabilities, an opportunity to participate in various types of athletic events using a sports wheelchair. The camp promotes wheelchair awareness and provides healthy recreational activities for kids with disabilities. Activities such as wheeling around campus with their teammates to meals, recreational games, other skill activities and pure fun are important for learning. Athletes enjoy traditional camp and recreation activities, while they are improving daily living, sensory-motor-perceptual, strengthening and hand-eye coordination skills.
The institute will educate, motivate, inform and transform. Speakers include: Paula Kluth, Darlene Hanson, Harvey Lavoy, Pascal Cheng Tracy Thresher and more. Kluth is a nationally recognized expert on autism and inclusive education. Her publications include: "You're Going to Love This Kid," "Don't We Already Do Inclusion" and many more. The institute is for individuals on the autism spectrum and with other developmental and communication disabilities; friends, allies, families; educators, therapists and support providers. College students and university faculty are welcome.
The Iowa Prairie Conference is open to anyone interested in prairies. Natural resource practitioners, educators, students and prairie enthusiasts will gather for education, discussion and networking opportunities. Workshop sessions, field trips and social events are also planned. This year’s conference theme, “Working Prairies,” reflects the evolving role of prairie in today’s landscape.
Featured plenary speakers are Doug Ladd, Land Stewardship Director of Missouri Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and Lisa Schulte-Moore, associate professor of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University. Three symposia will be offered: Writing the Tallgrass Prairie chaired by John Price; Iowa Roadsides chaired by Kristine Nemec; and Forty Years of Prairie Preservation and Restoration (commemorating Daryl Smith’s retirement) chaired by Pauline Drobney and Laura Jackson.
Daryl Smith will be recognized and honored for his more than 40 years of work on behalf of Iowa prairies and the Tallgrass Prairie Center in particular.
To submit scholarly papers for consideration or to register for the conference, please go to www.tallgrassprairiecenter.org/2015-prairie-conference . Information may also be obtained on the event Facebook page by searching “Iowa Prairie Conference 2015.”