Association for Environmental & Outdoor education
AEOE strengthens environmental education in California by connecting providers, building professional expertise, and championing environmental literacy and outdoor learning.
On May 15, 1954 at a conference for outdoor teachers at Camp Hi-Hill, a dozen or so visionary and dedicated educators (all men, which was common for our field at the time) discussed the need for a professional organization for outdoor educators. Realizing it would take a personal financial investment, each man reached into his wallet and placed a dollar bill on an old stump. This action was the start of the Association for Outdoor Education (AOE), which became AEOE in 1971.
For most of its history, AEOE has been an all-volunteer run organization. Thanks to our dedicated members, AEOE is still going strong and became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2006! At the bottom of this page you can find more detailed information on AEOE and outdoor education history.
Brief History of AEOE