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Association for Environmental & Outdoor education

Our mission is to advance the impact of environmental and outdoor education in California


Save the Date: May 5-7, 2023

Location: YMCA Camp Jones Gulch, La Honda, CA 

Join us for a weekend of learning, networking, and fun in the redwoods! The conference will be held Friday evening through Sunday lunch and includes ~30 workshops, a keynote speaker, an awards ceremony, resource fair, EECP presentations, live and silent auction, evening entertainment, and more. Lodging and meals are offered onsite on Saturday and Sunday and both camping and cabin dorm accommodations are available for Friday and Saturday night. 

The call for proposals is now open! Do you have a great technique, approach, or activity to share that supports environmental literacy? Apply to be a workshop presenter to share your knowledge and skills with our community of environmental and outdoor education leader and practitioners across the state. Application deadline: March 1. Click here to apply to be a workshop presenter

Registration is now open! Click here to register. Early-bird registration is available through April 1, 2023. 

Conference theme: Educating for Change

Workshop Strands

  • Building Blocks for ChangeLessons, activities, and teaching techniques to engage students in environmental literacy in the field and in the classroom
  • Educating for IDEAL ChangeHow to advance IDEAL (Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Liberation)* principles within all levels of the field
  • Educating for Climate ChangeRaising awareness and inspiring action for individual and community resilience in response to a changing climate
  • Leading for ChangeOpportunities and techniques for staff, peers, and/or students to develop leadership skills

*Note that equity and inclusion are expected to be incorporated into every workshop

Workshop slots are 60 minutes. Workshops are intended to increase the knowledge and skills of our conference participants. Hands-on, interactive workshops are best suited for our audience. Indoor workshop spaces with access to electricity and projection equipment are limited. Please don't use this as an opportunity to market or promote your materials. If you are interested in the latter, please contact our Executive Director at to discuss sponsoring/tabling at the event.

Registration Fees

Conference registration includes meals and lodging and the cost is the same, whether you bring camping equipment or stay in shared dorm accommodations. Semi-private dorms are available for an additional fee. Members and workshop presenters receive discounted rates, as we as staff of our organizational membersRegistration is open now!

Conference Scholarships

Conference scholarships are available through Joie's Daisies Scholarship Fund, named after beloved outdoor educator Joie Armstrong. Joie was a bright light to all who knew her. In her words: "My passion lies with teaching children about their environment, and I have dedicated all of my efforts toward it." In honor of her legacy, AEOE is offering a number of scholarships to support the attendance of environmental and outdoor educators who need financial assistance.

Ten $100 scholarships are available for individuals whose organizations/employers will NOT be contributing to their registration fee.

Ten $50 scholarships are available for individuals whose organizations/employers WILL be contributing to their registration fee.

This year, through the support of the California Coastal Commission's Whale Tail Grant Program, we also have a dedicated pool of scholarships for participants in the Environmental Educator Certification Program. If you are in the program, please note that in the scholarship application. 

A minimum of 50% of scholarships will be offered to individuals who identify as members of communities that have historically been marginalized within the field of environmental education, specifically Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) and/or LGBTQIA+.

These scholarships are to be applied towards full registration at AEOE's Statewide Conference (note that you cannot register with a presenter discount in addition to receiving a scholarship; only one discount can be applied at registration).  

Please fill out the form below to be considered for a scholarship. Questions should be directed to

Click here to apply for a conference scholarship

Thanks to our conference sponsors!

Title sponsor:


Interested in sponsoring this event and bringing your resources to our community? Click here for our sponsor packet and contact AEOE's Executive Director Estrella Risinger at to learn more. 


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