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Association for Environmental & Outdoor education

AEOE strengthens environmental education in California by connecting providers, building professional expertise, and championing environmental literacy and outdoor learning.

annual STATEWIDE conference

The Statewide Conference for Environmental and Outdoor Education offers opportunities for networking, professional development, and connection. Held in the spring, they run Friday through Sunday and include workshops, speakers, award ceremonies, entertainment, and more. Lodging and meals are offered onsite and both camping and dorm or cabin accommodations are available. Rotating through sites in northern and southern California, the annual statewide conference draws ~300 participants for a weekend of learning and fun. 

Click here for information on the 2024 Statewide Conference for Environmental and Outdoor Education!

Past Statewide Conferences

 Year  Site  Theme
 2023 YMCA Camp Jones Gulch Educating for Change
 2022 SCICON Outdoor School CommunityEE
 2021 Virtual conference due to COVID n/a
 2020  Virtual (conference planned at SCICON postponed due to COVID-19)  n/a
 2019  Westminster Woods  Teaching Outside the Box
 2018  Camp Hess Kramer  Creating a Culture of Science
 2017  YMCA Camp Jones Gulch  The Next Generation
 2016  Camp Hess Kramer  Connecting the Dots
 2015  Walker Creek Ranch n/a
 2014  SCICON  The Road Less Traveled
 2013  Sierra Outdoor School
 A Climate of Change
 2012  Camp Hess Kramer  Little Blue Marble

If your site would like to host an upcoming conference or volunteer to plan a future conference, please reach out to AEOE's Executive Director, Estrella Risinger,


In 2021, AEOE launched fall regional meet-ups as a way for our communities across the state to come together for networking and learning. The meet-ups served as alternatives to a weekend-long conference when overnight experiences with groups of people weren't the safest option. They allowed us to offer in-person convenings in sites across the state, drawing together educators from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences and in a range of settings (nature centers, school yards, outdoor science schools, etc.). We enjoyed the new format so much, we decided to continue them!

Thanks to our sites, partners, and everyone who joined us for the 2023 Fall Regional Meet-ups!


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