Environmental Literature Institute at Exeter

Conferences will take place June 23-28, 2024

The Environmental Literature Institute is a five-day program cultivating a community of educators interested in environmentally focused teaching and learning. The conference is designed to expand thinking about environmental education, and is open to middle, secondary and post-secondary educators in all disciplines. Participating classroom teachers — as well as administrators, sustainability coordinators and outdoor educators — leave the institute revitalized and equipped with the resources to develop courses or refine curriculum for existing courses or programs.

Our 2024 Environmental Literature Institute will center around a three-day mini paddling expedition on the Connecticut River. We will explore the watershed and its complexities in our place-based teaching and learning. Our time on the river will provide opportunities to explore how to bring environmental pedagogy into the classroom. You will engage in deep conversation and connection with the place itself and with those who know it. You do not need to be an experienced paddler to participate in this program.

The thread of positivity, appreciation and hope that was woven throughout the discussions and activities was a refreshing approach to environmental learning. I walked away feeling connected, rejuvenated and full of ideas."

Read more participant testimonials from the Environmental Literature Institute

For a glimpse of prior Environmental Literature Institutes, please see Michael Brosnan’s blog piece about ELI 2017; and news stories from The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE): ELI 2022ELI 2019ELI 2018ELI 2017ELI 2016.

2023 Featured Speaker Camille Dungy
2024 Featured Speakers to be announced soon!

Lauren Rosen, Conference manager

Jason BreMiller, Environmental Literature Institute director