2017 North Wind Regional Conference

Oct 13
Hosted by:Citizens' Climate Educati...
October 13, 2017 at 5:30pm to
October 15, 2017 at 12:00pm
Iowa Lakeside Labratory map 1838 Highway 86 Milford, IA 51351-7267

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5th Annual North Wind Regional Conference

Join us October 13-15, 2017 at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory on beautiful Lake Okoboji!

What: 5th annual regional conference bringing together CCL volunteers from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota to learn, share, strategize, energize, and more.

When: Friday, October 13 registration starting at 6pm until Sunday, October 15 noon completion

Where: Iowa Lakeside Laboratory on Lake Okoboji - a research campus owned by the state of Iowa.  Here's a map of the campus and directions to the campus.  We encourage you to organize carpools with others in your local CCL chapter / area.

Lodging: Affordable lodging is available on campus and at the Lakeshore Center at Okoboji next door. You must make your own lodging reservations separately. See contact below for each campus.

Or you can book your own hotel in nearby Millford, IA or Spirit Lake, IA (multiple options available)

Options at the Lakeside Laboratory (same campus as our meeting space) CONTACT: melanie-ostmo@uiowa.edu 319-335-0147


  • 12 Motel style rooms with two full beds - $65/room/night

  • 9 Motel style rooms with one full bed - $65/room/night

Options at the Lakeshore Center (next door - walking distance away)

CONTACT: office@lakeshorecenteratokoboji.org 712-337-3313 (Best to call Tue-Thur)

  • 30 bunks in bunkhouse style in the Lodge (no need to find your own roommates) rooms (15 in all-female room, 15 in all-male room with group bath facilities - bring your own bedding and towel or for an additional $15 to use theirs) - $15/person/night

  • Cabin lodges that sleep up to 16 people.  Same cost as bunkhouse $15/person/night (plus $15 to use their linens)       



Friday, October 13

5:30 pm - Arrival, registration and social time

7:00 pm - Explorer, writer and photographer David Thoreson will kick off the conference Friday evening with a lively keynote speech titled “The Great Adventure to Save the Planet! Creating a New Era of Sustainability.” David has seen evidence of climate change first-hand, from the diminished polar ice of the Northwest Passage to the wetter Iowa climate contributing to Bur Oak Blight in the Iowa Great Lakes Region. David will discuss not just the challenges but also the opportunities a changing climate brings to our economy, water quality and a diversified landscape fueled by renewables. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Saturday, October 14

7:10 am - Morning mindful movement - yoga (free will donation)     

8:00 am - Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am - Plenary: welcome, weekend overview, opening session

9:50 am - Transition time

10:00 am - Breakouts

  • Track one: Group Start Workshop for those new to CCL
  • Track two: Group Leaders and Liaison session (Madeleine Para)
  • Track three: Speed Skill session with 5 topics: Tabling 101, Grand Canyon Calling project, Social Media, Endorsements, Proactive Outreach

11:45 am - Transition time & group picture

12:00 pm - Lunch & morning reflection - table topics

1:30 pm - Workshop Sessions

  • Successful Meetings based on Motivational Interviewing with Madeleine Para.  Motivational Interviewing (MI) offers a set of communication tools anyone can use in their CCL advocacy work including lobby meetings, outreach, and recruitment. It uses proven techniques based on decades of research that not only helps people feel they've been heard, but lets you help them find and develop their own reasons for change and action. This introductory breakout will help you get started, and the Effective Communications Action Team will provide a way to continue to develop your skills after the conference.
  • A Practical Discussion on Recruiting Conservatives with Bruce Morlan of the Conservative Caucus, shows us how the political spectrum is more complex than we think, how different ways of thinking can create barriers to understanding, and how framing the conversation can help build the bridges and the alliances that are key to achieving the Citizens' Climate Lobby mission. 
  • Farm Bill for the People with Patrick Kerrigan will provide background on the Land Stewardship Project’s landmark People’s Farm Bill proposal:http://landstewardshipproject.org/posts/948. It will inform the audience on the many excellent conservation and natural resource protection programs already included in the Farm Bill that promote regenerative practices such as cover cropping, crop rotation and intensive rotational grazing.
  • Cool Planet Family Lives Here with Paul ThompsonWhat can one person and one family do to live a more sustainable, healthy and fit life?  Become a “deeper shade of green” by looking at your household energy consumption, waste reduction habits, personal fitness and active citizenship.  Sharpen your skills as an energy detective, engage your community in action, and work together as a family to save energy and money.  

2:30 pm - Break & transition time

2:45 pm - Plenary session "Listening to Farmers"

In this panel we will hear from farmers and farmer representatives about what they love about farming, the challenges and barriers they face in farming today and how they are addressing risks through their farming practices.  We will explore our common values and build understanding that can lead to improved partnerships and communication.

4:15 pm - Break & transition time

4:30 pm - Plenary session "The Big Picture of CCL: Who we are and where we're going" 
CCL's Vice President of Programs, Madeleine Para, will offer her perspective on what makes us unique, what we've accomplished and what's next from her vantage point as someone who tries to keep up with everything you and your volunteers are working on.


5:00 pm - Outdoor time to enjoy the campus/lake

6:30 pm - Dinner

7:30 pm - Fireside chat

8:30 pm - Evening Entertainment, group sing-a-long, social time

Sunday, October 15

7:00 am - Morning campus walk or devotions / interfaith service

8:00 am - Breakfast

9:00 am - State planning sessions

10:30 am - Break

10:45 am - Building Unity while Exploring Diversity with Madeleine Para

We understand that we need a broad coalition in order to build enough political will for climate action, but often when we look around at our events and meetings we notice that we aren't as diverse politically or culturally as we would like. This session aims to increase our capacity for working with all kinds of people, based on training from the National Coalition Building Institute. 

12:00 pm - Head Home or Tour of Okoboji on your own

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