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. 


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 30, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • online

    Calling all job seekers and employers! Join us for a virtual job fair. Organizational leaders will host breakout rooms, where they will make a pitch for their organization, 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! 

    Current participating exployers include:

    • Camp Chrysalis
    • Camp Emerald Bay
    • Camp Ocean Pines
    • Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools
    • Foothill Horizons
    • Golden View Elementary School
    • Naturalists at Large
    • NatureBridge
    • San Diego County Office of Education
    • San Joaquin County Office of Education, Sky Mountain Outdoor Education Center
    • Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation
    • Santa Cruz Outdoor Science School
    • UC ANR California Naturalist
    • WOLF School
    • With more being added!

    (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 07, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Online

    Description: Are you interested in learning how to teach outdoors? Planning to move your classroom outside and don't know where to start? Join us for a 1.5-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! 

    Panelists (TBD)

    • November 13, 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • November 14, 2021
    • 11:00 AM
    • 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. 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: Envisioning and Creating Inclusive Teams and Advancing Equity within your Organization

    Join AEOE in this interactive session where participants will have the opportunity to envision and create relevant and actionable steps to move their organizational practices and culture to be more equitable, inclusive, and diverse. Participants will reflect on their organization's EI&D journey, identify areas of challenge, learn effective strategies to move past the challenges, and create actionable steps to advance their team and organization in this journey. Blanca Hernández, lead author of Building Towards an Inclusive Organizational Culture: Insights and Lessons Learned from YES Nature to Neighborhoods, a brief published by the Lawrence Hall of Science in 2020, will share her expertise on this topic and guide participants through this session.

    Blanca Hernández (she/her/hers), Director of Programs & Partnerships at YES Nature to Neighborhoods, uses a strengths-based, healing-centered engagement approach to develop culturally responsive, nature-based programs that cultivate the leadership of BIPOC youth and adults. Blanca has a B.A. from the University of San Diego and is a graduate of CompassPoint’s Next Generation Leaders of Color. She has been a panelist and presenter at various convenings including the PGM ONE, the Children & Nature Network, the North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE), and with outdoor and EE partners on the importance of creating equitable and inclusive outdoor programs and organizational practices. She serves on Healthy Richmond’s and ChangeScale’s Steering Committees, and on the board of directors of the Association of Environmental & Outdoor Educators (AEOE) and TOGETHER Bay Area. Her self-care practices include painting, writing, and jogging with her dog, Bo.

    Note that proof of COVID vaccination or recent negative test is required to attend. 

    • May 13, 2022
    • May 15, 2022
    • SCICON

    The Statewide Spring conference is our signature event, bringing together several hundred environmental and outdoor professionals for a weekend of learning, community-building, and fun. The event features 60+ workshops, evening entertainment, an awards ceremony, keynote speakers, and more. 

    The request for conference workshop proposals will go out in early 2022. Registration will open in early spring. 


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