SPARK! Conference



Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
November 3-4, 2022

The 2022 SPARK! Creative Engagement Conference will be an in-person event, hosted at one of Wisconsin’s most beautiful nature centers. This conference will address how to start a new SPARK! program from conception to implementation and inspiration for existing program facilitators/volunteers.

Attendees will learn how to successfully engage your SPARK! participants through creative engagement including poetry, art making, storytelling and more. Sessions will include brain health, best practices, program logistics, and activity ideas. Sessions will be repeated so you will have multiple options for participation. Attending the conference provides the required training to start a SPARK! program in your community.

This conference will include options for outdoor exploration, please dress accordingly. Anyone who needs an accommodation, please contact Dawn Koceja at

Schedule at a glance:

Thursday, November 3
8:30am – 9:00am Registration
9:00am – 11:15am Welcome and Keynote Speaker Gary Glazner, Alzheimer’s Poetry Project
11:30am – 4:45pm Sessions
4:45pm – 5:30pm Drum Circle with Ko-Thi Dance Company
5:30pm – 6:30pm Networking/Social Hour

Friday, November 4
7:30am – 8:30am Forest Bathing or Yoga
8:45am – 9:00am Registration
9:00am – 12:15pm Sessions
12:15pm Lunch provided
12:30pm – 1:30pm Outdoor Experience with Schlitz Audubon Nature Center Staff


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