Association for Environmental & Outdoor education


AEOE Programs & events

AEOE offers a range of opportunities for members of our community to connect, network, increase their skills, and grow professionally. Learn more or register for an upcoming event below. 

CONFERENCES

AEOE hosts three conferences each year, two fall regional conferences in northern and southern California, and the spring statewide. AEOE's conferences offer opportunities for networking, professional development, and connection. 

CONFERENCES

AWARDS

AEOE recognizes and celebrates the achievement of individuals and organizations across the state who work to advance the impact of environmental and outdoor education through our annual awards. 

AWARDS

CERTIFICATION

Want to increase your knowledge and skills, expand your professional network, enhance your resume, and make important connections across the state? Get certified through the Environmental Educator Certification Program (EECP)!

CERTIFICATION

WORKSHOPS

AEOE offers online workshops on a range of topics, from sustainable teaching tips to early childhood education, social & emotional learning to outdoor instruction. See what's available in the calendar below. 


Programs & Events calendar

    • 16 Mar 2021
    • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (PDT)
    • Online
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    Description: Maintain the wonder for students while articulating your teaching goals. Creating outcome-based lessons is a key to success as an EE practitioner and leader. Through discussion and activities, explore ways to increase your effectiveness, student engagement, and reach your goals.

    Facilitator: Fran McReynolds has over 35 years of experience developing and delivering environmental education lessons and interpretation programs for preschool through adult audiences. She has worked for non-profits, in state government, and for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she received her MS in Natural Resources (EE and Interpretation, specialization). Currently, she is a Master Certified Interpretive Trainer for the National Association of Interpretation and a practicing book artist.


    • 30 Mar 2021
    • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (PDT)
    • Online
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    Description: Are you interested in learning how to teach outdoors? Planning to move your classroom outside this spring and don't know where to start? Join us for a 2-hour workshop exploring outdoor instruction. Geared towards classroom teachers, but applicable for folks in other settings as well. This panel discussion will include practical advice, equipment recommendations, and teaching tips. Bring your burning questions! There will be time for Q & A as well as a planning session with your peers. 

    Panelists:

    Susan Lee teaches 2nd grade at Park Day School in Oakland, California, where they shifted to a hybrid model in November with more than 50% of instructional time outdoors. 

    Kim "Flow" Hansmeier is a teacher at Ventura Charter School in southern California. As a former outdoor educator, she brings her students outdoors as much as possible, even pre-COVID. 

    Audrey Gabrielli currently teaches 6th grade integrated history and science at a public charter school.

    Melanee Berlin is the Forest School Director at The Master's Academy Forest School in North Carolina.

    Maura Goldstein is in her fifth year of exploring the forests of Ponderosa State Park in McCall, Idaho with the 3-5 year olds at Roots Forest School.

    • 29 Apr 2021
    • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (PDT)
    • Online
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    Description: Are you interested in understanding your audiences’ relationships with nature? Do you need to demonstrate to funders that your programs increase learners’ connection to nature? Join us for a 2-hour workshop diving into the Practitioner's Guide to Assessing Connection to Nature, a new guidebook for helping you measure this elusive concept with young children, teenagers, or adults. This interactive workshop will enable participants to become familiar with the Guide, explore the tools, and discuss which of the 11 assessment tools will be appropriate for their programs.

    Facilitators: Bruce Young is the Affiliate Network Coordinator at North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, Bruce is also an At-large Director for the Virginia Association for Environmental Education. Chis Parsons is based on Monterey California, and is the Principal/Owner and Manager of Word Craft, which specializes in interpreting and communicating science and environmental issues to the public. Chris has a strong background in evaluation, and has worked with countless clients over the years to develop evaluative approaches to inform, improve and innovate.


    • 14 May 2021
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • 15 May 2021
    • 1:30 PM (PDT)
    • Online

    Conference Theme: Broadening our perspectives to strengthen environmental learning

    Note: While we are extremely disappointed that we will not be able to convene in-person this spring, we are looking forward to come together as a community of environmental and outdoor education champions across the state. The format is still being finalized and we will reach out with more information soon, including a request for workshop proposals.  

    The spring statewide conference is AEOE's signature event. Our annual statewide conference brings together several hundred environmental and outdoor education professionals from across California to participate in professional learning workshops, breakout sessions, entertainment, and networking opportunities.  

    “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

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