Association for Environmental & Outdoor education

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

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. 


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. 



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. 



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)!



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

    • September 13, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online

    Classrooms to Communities: The Best Resources for Outdoor Learning

    September 13th 2022 at 4pm Pacific

    With an Exceptional Panel of Outdoor Learning Partners


    Join this workshop to learn from a number of Outdoor Learning Partner Organizations which have developed some of the best resources in the outdoor learning field. 

    Representatives from Natural CuriosityImaginEDThe Networks of Inquiry and Indigenous Education (NOIEE) and Green Teacher will all be on hand to respond to questions from our facilitators, as well as the audience, in this engaging virtual panel presentation. 

    All registrants will be entered to win the Classrooms to Communities Resource Set, and will also receive a discount code for the non-profit Outdoor Learning Store, and a link to receive a Certificate of Attendance. 

    Offered in partnership with The Outdoor Learning Store:

    • September 20, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online

    Life Underground: Student Soil Exploration Resources & Activities  

    September 20th 2022 at 4pm Pacific 

    With Teachers Megan Zeni & Sarah Regan


    Join teachers Megan Zeni & Sarah Regan to dig in on how the study of soil can become a playful, engaging and cross-curricular inquiry with curated texts and resources. 

    Megan & Sarah have been job share partners in their outdoor and garden classroom for the past six years. Together, they re-imagined where and how prep time was delivered in their school to create a full time teaching position that allows them to teach K-5 across the curriculum in all weather and seasons. They truly dig soil, and want to share their passion with you! 

    Upon registration, registrants will receive a discount code by email to access their new Student Soil Exploration Kit, along with the other Outdoor Learning Resources & Equipment offered on the non-profit Outdoor Learning Store.

    Offered in partnership with The Outdoor Learning Store:

    • September 27, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online

    Animals Care for Mother Earth: An Indigenous Teaching Resource for Personal Development

    Tues, Sept 27 – 4pm Pacific

    With Indigenous Author & Artist, Bill Helin


    Indigenous author and artist, Bill Helin, will share his new resource, Animals Care for Mother Earth: A Teaching Resource for Personal Development, which consists of six contemporary, interrelated stories and supporting resources for teachers. In the first story, animals cooperate to clean up a polluted pond. In subsequent stories, they care for each other in the aftermath of the pollution problem, demonstrating strength of character and social responsibility. This resource can be accessed as a bundle that includes animal finger puppets and stamps designed by Bill, along with Indigenous Plant Cards.

    Bill Helin is of Tsimshian/Norwegian descent and is a member of the Tsimshian Nation. His grandfather Henry William Helin, was Chief of the Gitlan Tribe, and his grandmother Maud Helin, was Chief of the Gitgeese Tribe. Bill spent many hours listening to his grandmother in wonder, as she told him many Legends of the Tsimshian People.

    Upon registration, registrants will receive a discount code by email to support them in accessing the Animals Care for Mother Earth Bundle, along with a variety of other Indigenous Learning Resources.

    Offered in partnership with The Outdoor Learning Store:

    • October 04, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • online

    Calling all job seekers and employers! Join us for a virtual job fair. Site leaders will host breakout rooms, where they will make a pitch for their organization/worksite and share any upcoming employment opportunities, followed by Q&A. Job seekers will choose up to five rooms to attend, followed by an open session for more mingling and additional Q&A. Find your next dream job in environmental and outdoor education! 

    Note, you don't have to be actively seeking new employment to attend - it can be beneficial to learn about different programs and opportunities even if you're happily employed where you are!

    • October 04, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online

    Nature Connection: Sensory Activities for All Ages

    October 4th 2022 at 4pm Pacific

    With Author & Nature Sommelier, Jacob Rodenburg


    Spending time in nature with all senses tuned and primed helps us feel like we belong to the natural world – and in belonging, we come to feel more connected, nourished, and alive. In this workshop, author Jacob Rodenburg will share ideas, activities and inspiration from his most recent resource, The Book of Nature Connection: 70 Sensory Activities for All Ages. 

    Jacob Rodenburg, nature sommelier, is an award-winning educator, executive director of Camp Kawartha, a summer camp and outdoor education center, and instructor in environmental education at Trent University. He has taught more than 100,000 students and is co-author of The Big Book of Nature Activities.

    Upon registration, registrants will receive a discount code by email to support them in accessing The Book of Nature Connection, The Big Book of Nature Activities, and a variety of other excellent Outdoor Learning Resources for Educators.

    Offered in partnership with The Outdoor Learning Store:

    • November 12, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • November 13, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Camp Ocean Pines, Cambria

    Join your colleagues from across the state for an overnight retreat on the beautiful site of Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria. Professional development, lodging*, and three meals included (Saturday lunch and dinner, plus Sunday breakfast). In addition to a structured PD session for program leaders, there will be ample opportunities for networking and discussions around topics of your choice. 

    Professional development TBD

    Note that proof of full COVID vaccination and/or recent negative test will likely be required to attend. 

    *Lodging includes shared cabins with bunk beds and their own bathroom. You will need to bring your own linens and toiletries. Please reach out to if you prefer to secure your own lodging and meals. 

    • November 15, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online

    Teaching Green in the Elementary Years

    Tues, Nov 15 – 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern

    With Educators from Green Teacher


    Join educators from Green Teacher to discover kid-tested practical ideas to help young people develop a strong connection with the natural world, and support their understanding of the social and global aspects of our environment. They will offer a snapshot of stories that cover a wide spectrum of environmental topics and present a large diversity of practical projects and learning strategies.

    Green Teacher is a registered charity serving a global network. They are dedicated to helping educators, both inside and outside of schools, enhance environmental literacy among young learners.

    Upon registration, registrants will receive a discount code by email to support them in accessing educators resources, including resources from Green Teacher such as Teaching Green (Elementary Years, Middle Years and High School Years) as well as Teaching Kids About Climate Change, Teaching Teens About Climate Change and Teaching About Invasive Species.

    Offered in partnership with The Outdoor Learning Store:

    • November 29, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online

    Accessibility in Outdoor Learning

    Tues, Nov 29 – 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern

    With Accessibility and Inclusion Consultant, Karen Lai 


    Join Karen Lai for an honest and open discussion on accessibility in the outdoors with a focus on people with disabilities and what real inclusivity looks like. 

    Karen is an experienced outdoor adventurer, consultant and facilitator who has been helping people with disabilities find their place for over twenty years. Karen demonstrates openness and curiosity in her work, creating an environment that encourages questions and conversations based on her own life experience with cerebral palsy. 

    Karen holds a Master of Arts in Human Kinetics and her thesis focused on social inclusion. Karen will guide educators on a journey into understanding what belonging and value means for different students. 

    Upon registration, registrants will receive a discount code by email to support them in accessing a variety of resources to support developing programming that is more inclusive. 

    Offered in partnership with The Outdoor Learning Store:

Past events

July 01, 2022 EECP 2022-2023 Enrollment
June 07, 2022 EECP Info Session
May 26, 2022 EECP Info Session
May 15, 2022 EECP 2022-2023 Application
May 14, 2022 Networking/Career Fair @ Spring Statewide Conference
May 13, 2022 Spring Statewide Conference 2022
April 19, 2022 Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Students in EE
March 21, 2022 UDL in EE Pilot
March 01, 2022 EcoBlitz Microcredential
February 08, 2022 Program Leaders Open Space
January 31, 2022 EECP Extension 2021-2022
November 21, 2021 Fall Statewide Virtual Celebration
November 21, 2021 Fall Regional Meet-up: Newport Beach (Orange County)
November 21, 2021 Fall Regional Meet-up: Oakland
November 21, 2021 Fall Regional Meet-up: San Diego County
November 21, 2021 Fall Regional Meet-up: Dobbins (Tahoe)
November 13, 2021 Program Leaders Retreat
September 30, 2021 Environmental & Outdoor Education Virtual Job Fair
September 14, 2021 Program Leaders Open Space
July 01, 2021 EECP 2021-2022 Enrollment
May 27, 2021 EECP Info Session
May 20, 2021 EECP Info Session
May 17, 2021 Statewide Spring Conference 2021 - Recordings Only
May 15, 2021 EECP 2021-2022 Application
May 14, 2021 Statewide Spring Conference 2021
April 29, 2021 Assessing Connecting to Nature
April 01, 2021 EECP Extension
March 30, 2021 Outdoor Learning Panel
March 16, 2021 Teaching to Outcomes
February 25, 2021 Open Space Conversations
December 12, 2020 Open Space Community Chat & Virtual Happy Hour Campfire
December 05, 2020 Inspiring Green Behavior Change with Remote Learning Activities
November 21, 2020 Early Childhood Education in the Outdoors
October 24, 2020 Mental Health - Pandemic Trauma Training for Educators
September 26, 2020 SEL Training for Practitioners
September 26, 2020 Fall Workshop Series
August 26, 2020 EECP 2020-2021 Enrollment
July 16, 2020 EECP 2020-2021 Application
May 29, 2020 AEOE Statewide Virtual Conference 2020
February 23, 2020 Thriving in the Outdoors: Social and Emotional Learning in Nature
January 20, 2020 EOSM Spring 2020 Southern Meeting
January 13, 2020 EOSM Spring 2020 Northern Meeting
November 15, 2019 AEOE Southern Section Fall Conference 2019
November 01, 2019 AEOE Northern Section Fall Conference 2019


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