Our 6th annual 3Ec Spring Conference will be held at the Jan Phillips Learning Center—a unique experiential learning space on The College School's LaBarque campus.

Conference Schedule April 4, 2020

8:00 am - 8:30 am        •

8:30 am - 9:00 am        • • •

9:00 am - 12:00 pm      • • •

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm      • • •

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm        • • •

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm        • • •

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm        • • •

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm      • • •

Registration and light breakfast


Morning Workshops


Afternoon Workshops


Community & Legends Dinner

Evening Activities



The College Schools 28 acre LaBarque campus is home to The Jan Phillips Learning Center. It is designed to connect people with nature and advocate for a sustainability ethic for our region.  This 6,550 square foot complex, completed in December 2016, promotes The College School’s long held values of conservation and sustainability and serves as a regional headquarters for sustainable conversations, learning and inspiration.

After one year of use, the learning center will be certified Living Building Challenge, one of only 11 such structures in the world. Living Building Challenge is widely considered to represent the highest level of achievement in a green building rating system even above the better-known LEED certification.

Heart of Labarque Mystery Treasure Hunt

Friday, April 3

9 am - 5 pm

- Lunch Included -

The Heart of LaBarque Mystery Treasure Hunt is based upon the concept of an Escape Room, but greatly expanded.  The challenges will not be contained in just one room, nor will they be completed in just one hour.  The team will be tasked with meeting both mental and physical challenges, finding clues and solving typical escape room conundrums like puzzles, codes, ciphers, navigation problems and lateral thinking puzzles that will be spread out over the entire 28 acres of the LaBarque campus.  The goal of this event is for the team to ultimately work together effectively to retrieve the ‘jewel’ that lies hidden somewhere on the LaBarque property in Pacific, Missouri.


Moderate foot travel over the LaBarque campus will be involved.

Lunch will be provided.

Please wear appropriate clothing for April’s changeable weather conditions.    

Labarque Campus History

In 2011, The College School purchased 28 acres of property in the LaBarque Watershed near Pacific, MO. It is a rich place for experiential, hands-on, inquiry-based learning and our headquarters for learning beyond the classroom. 

Named in honor of former Head of School Jan Phillips, the learning center was built according to Living Building Challenge (LBC) standards, which are considered to represent the highest level of achievement in a green building rating system.


The Jan Phillips Learning Center serves as the base of ecological and scientific studies, adventure education, and cultural, historic and arts projects that take place on this campus.

The learning center will be used to host conferences and workshops on experiential learning for teachers from schools throughout the St. Louis area as well as a site for students from local schools to visit and experience alongside students from The College School.



Morning Sessions
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Stay Tuned!

Afternoon Sessions


1:00 pm - 4:00 pm



1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

2:30 pm- 4:00 pm

Stay Tuned!



- Second Annual -

Experiential Educators Hank Schafermeyer Award Presentation and “Legends” Community Building Dinner

We would like to invite you to help celebrate the Second Annual presentation of the Hank Schafermeyer Achievement Award. The award will be given at 4pm, and will be followed by a community building dinner designed to bring “legends” in the field together with people just starting out in experiential education.  It’s a chance to share stories, find a mentor or be one, and enjoy each other’s company! 
The dinner will be from 5 to 7pm followed by a campfire, local music and optional outdoor adventures. There is no charge!  


3Ec 2020 will take place at the Jan Phillips Learning Center at LaBarque:


4180 Doc Sargent Rd

Pacific, MO 63069

Parking is available on site.

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