Association for Environmental & Outdoor education

Annual Spring statewide conference 2021

MAY 14 – 15, 2021

Theme: Broadening Our Perspectives to Strengthen Environmental Learning

Join us for two days of professional development, networking, and fun. The spring statewide 2021 conference includes workshops on a wide variety of topics, keynote address, evening entertainment, plenary session, presentations by our Environmental Educator Certification Program participants, and an awards ceremony celebrating the Environmental Education Organization of the Year and the Howard Bell lifetime award. 

“I appreciated the information I learned at the workshops. It was wonderful being with outdoor educators who truly care about their job and learning more.” 

-2019 Statewide Conference Participant

Conference fees

We are committed to making our statewide virtual conference affordable and accessible to all. Thank you to our conference sponsors and contributors for helping us to keep registration costs low! Conference registration fees are as follows:

Workshop presenter (member): $20 

Workshop presenter (non-member): $30

General (individual member or staff of organizational member): $25

General (non-member): $35

Contributor: $50



Workshop Strands

Expanding Your Toolkit – Lessons, activities, and teaching techniques to engage students in higher order thinking skills in the field and in the classroom. 

Examples: Nature Hike 101, Using Drama to Teach Geology, curriculum development, supporting NGSS, developmentally appropriate practices for teaching complex issues

Leadership – Opportunities and techniques to develop leadership skills amongst staff, peers, or students.

Examples: Staff culture, hiring practices, advocacy, student group dynamics, adult social emotional learning, organizational culture

DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity)*  How to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion within all levels of the field.

Examples: Unconscious bias, ELL, cultural appropriation, how to train your staff to work with diverse abilities

Empowering Action – Extending knowledge, attitude, and behaviors beyond the program.

Examples- Students as change makers, upcycling, fostering a culture of volunteerism, aligning field programs and the classroom, community science projects

*Equity and inclusion expected to be incorporated into every workshop 


The full schedule and list of workshops is accessible through Sched, the platform we are using to host this year's conference. 


  • 1:30-2:15 pm Conference Opening & Breakout Sessions
  • 2:30-3:15 pm Workshop Block 1
  • 3:30-4:15 pm Workshop Block 2
  • 4:30-5:30 pm Keynote session: Tamaayawut pi' Tuukumit. Earth and Sky.

    Join us for a conversation between Ami Admire and Dr. Stan Rodriguez as they share their Indigenous knowledge and experiences. In this keynote session, Ms. Ami and Dr. Stan will guide us in a thoughtful discussion on how the outdoor and environmental education community can best support the collective stewardship of the homelands and self-reliance of native peoples.

  • 5:45-7:00 pm Awards Ceremony & Evening Entertainment Join us in honoring Miho Aida, this year's Howard Bell awardee, and Youth Outside, our EE Organization of the year. The awards ceremony will be followed by entertainment, activities, and networking opportunities with other dedicated environmental and outdoor education professionals.

  • 9:00-10:00 am Saturday morning plenary: Voices of Our Future: A Panel Discussion with Young Environmental Champions
  • 10:15-11:00 am Workshop Block 3 Environmental Educator Certification Program Final Action Project Presentations
  • 11:15 am-12:00 pm Workshop Block 3
  • 12:05-12:50 pm Brown Bag Lunch + Networking
  • 1:00-1:45 pm Workshop Block 4
  • 2:00-2:45 pm Workshop Block 5
  • 2:45-3:00 pm Closing Session

Here are some sample workshops that will offered at this year's conference:
  • How's My Waterway-A Tool for Educators
  • Tick Talk - Tips for Outdoor Educators to Teach Tick Bite and Lyme Disease Prevention
  • Teaching Environmental Justice
  • What Happens To Our Dirty Water After It Goes Down The Drain? Exploring environmental literacy using our wastewater system
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain
  • Teaching for Sustainable Communities: Empowering Eco-Literate Global Citizens for Ecological Justice
  • Community Based Partner Network Toolkit
  • Climate Solvers – Empowering students through a solutions-focused lens
  • Cultivating Mindfulness in Education
  • Thinking in Systems: Making Sense of the World with Cross-cutting Concepts from NGSS
  • Lichen Explorations

Conference Sponsors

Thank you to our 2021 conference sponsors!


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