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How do I join TERA?
TERA is an inclusive association that wants everyone interested in experiential learning to get involved. TERA membership is automatically included in our annual conference registration fee.
Who joins TERA?
Fun people. TERA is made up of a variety of professionals that have a common interest in experiential learning and training. Our membership is made up of educators, trainers, therapists, counselors, probation officers, ministers, adventure based leaders and anyone else interested in the experience-based learning.
What are the benefits of TERA?
TERA provides a great opportunity to network with other practitioners in our field. The annual conference is a fabulous weekend filled with inspirational learning opportunities… all experiential! TERA offers continuing educational opportunities to our members. But most of all…TERA is a great organization that likes to play hard, laugh out loud, learn lots, and just have fun together.
How was TERA started?
For the full history of TERA refer to the history page but for the short…TERA began in the living room of Cindi Walker, a well-known experiential education practitioner in Houston, TX in Nov. 1989. Cindi has always been known as the mother of TERA. She and a group of founding members developed a mission, created by-laws, and established TERA as a true network of local educators.
How may I get more involved in TERA?
We would love to have you involved!!!! Please contact any of the officers to discuss your interests. We are always looking for people who will host play days and facilitator trainings, help on conference committees, help with the website, etc. New blood is always a good thing!
Is there a mailing/email list, and how do I get on it?
Yes. Joining TERA is the easiest way to get your contact information on our mailing list. You may also send us an email and ask to join our email list so you can stay informed.
Who do I contact for specific questions about the conference or TERA?
The TERA conference draws between 30-60 practitioners, mostly from Texas but some from neighboring states as well. What can we say? We’re pretty great!
￼What do I need to bring to the conference?
Check out our What To Bring page to get a full list of items to bring to conference.
￼Can I get Continuing Education Units at the conference?
Yes. TERA is a CEU provider for the State Board of Education, The State Board of Examiners for Professional Counselors and for the State Board of Examiners for Social Workers. Certificates will be provided. Most workshops are accredited and available for CEU’s.
￼Where do the presenters come from?
All Over. You will find a variety of presenters willing to share their experience and expertise with you. Most of the presenters are Texas-based practitioners who have expertise or a particular interest in experiential education. We also have dynamic keynote speakers!
￼Who is eligible to present a workshop?
Anyone. We would love for you to present a workshop. There are no strict requirements. We learn from each other! So if you want to practice your presentation skills or you have a particular interest or you just want to get a group together to discuss a specific topic – host a workshop. Workshops for beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners are welcome. Sessions can be for corporate, education, counseling, probation, adventure, or ministry. We ask that you submit a Call for Presenters Form, a brief bio, resumé or Vita to the address on the form, and please be sure to site all references in writing.
￼How are conference sites chosen?
TERA rotates conference sites throughout the state of Texas. The sites change each year, and we try to move around the state to make travel fair for all. We have specific requirements that must be met to enable us to choose a site, but we are always open to new locations. So, if you have a site that will hold at least 100 people, has a ropes course, has indoor/outdoor meeting spaces, and is capable of providing meals, give us a call! We are always looking for new adventures.
￼What are my payment options for the conference?
TERA accepts cash, check, PayPal or credit card. Credit cards are accepted through our secured web-site or on site on the first day of the conference. Checks should be made out to TERA, and if mailed, addressed to TERA c/o Treasurer, Norma Riojas, 1439 Barnes Dr. Apt. 4201, Seguin TX 78155.
￼￼Can my family attend?
TERA is mindful that you may want to bring family members to the conference, but we are not prepared to provide activities or sitting services for them. TERA does not carry liability insurance in the event of incident to children. Please contact us with specific questions concerning your needs.
￼What kinds of evening activities are scheduled?
When the sun goes down the real fun begins! Group games, campfire sing-a-longs, dances, a t-shirt exchange, and..Mafia! Guaranteed fun for all!
￼May I get a vegetarian or gluten-free meal?
Yes! Many of our members have special dietary requests, and most camps can provide that with no problems. We need to know that information well in advance, though, so please register early, and specify those requests on your registration form.
￼What lodging options are available?
Most conference sites offer a variety of lodging options. These options vary each year depending on the facility. The most common options are bunkhouses or single/double hotel style rooms. Refer to the registration form for lodging choices and fees.
￼Are there places to go off-site at night?
It depends. Some conference sites are near towns with nightlife, but others are far into the hill country where evening entertainment is farther away. But we assure you, there will be plenty of activities at the camp to keep you involved!
￼Is smoking and alcohol allowed at the conference?
Most conferences are held at youth camps that have a ‘no alcohol/no tobacco’ policy. Because we often return to camps that we enjoy, we respect and enforce camp policies at our conferences. Some locations offer a designated place for smoking, though, so just ask. Otherwise, your vehicle is your escape for a tobacco fix!