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AEOE Southern Section Fall Conference 2017

Join us at Pathfinder Ranch in Mountain Center, CA.

Friday, ~5 p.m. Nov. 3 – Sunday, ~12 p.m. Nov. 5, 2017

Pathfinder Ranch is nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains between oak and Jeffrey pine, at an altitude of over 4,500 feet. It is a great location for outdoor activities and reconnecting with nature. Enjoy scenic hiking trails and a beautiful lake full of aquatic life for pond studies.

Conference includes 15+ environmental education workshops, Saturday night campfire entertainment, Saturday night dinner, Sunday potluck breakfast and tent camping or dorm accommodations for two nights.

Keynote Speaker: Bryan Snyder is a naturalist and author of his “Off The Map” trilogy of adventure stories, which document his numerous encounters with bears, storms, cliffs and other near-catastrophes. See Bryan's bio. below!

Saturday Night Live Music: Jake’s Mountain, performers of the hit song “The Real Buck Rogers” combine their warm vocal harmonies and fresh optimism enough to make you want to chuck it all and go live in the mountains with ‘em.
Followed by Saturday Night Open Mic.

Registration Deadlines and Fees
Early Registration: July 28 - October 14, 9:59 p.m. - $40
Regular Registration: October 14, 10:01 p.m. - October 26, 9:59 p.m. - $60
Walk-in Registration (at the conf.): November 3 or 4 - $80

Attendees must be current AEOE members through the last day of the conference (November 5, 2017). If your membership expires before that date, please RENEW your membership when you register!

Registration questions:

Presenter Information
Presenter Discount for Accepted Lead Presenter: $15 off of registration
Workshop Application:
Workshop Application Deadline (preferred): September 25, 2017
Workshop Application Deadline: October 2, 2017
Applicants Notified: October 5, 2017
Presenter Registration Deadline: October 14, 9:59 p.m.

Presenter questions:

Environmental Education of the Year
Nomination Form:
Nomination Deadline: October 8, 2017

If you can offer a ride, or need a ride, please post here:

AEOE will provide Saturday dinner. Everyone will share in a potluck Sunday breakfast. Bring your own food for the other meals. Gas based stoves are ok, but charcoal and open fires are NOT allowed on the mountain.

General conference questions:

Workshop Descriptions
AEOE 2017 Southern Fall Conference Workshops

Conference Schedule
Downloadable (PDF) Conference Schedule

Friday November 3

5:00pm-10:00pm         Check In                                             Perry Room                
5:00pm-10:00pm         Game Night                                         Perry Room
8:00pm-9:00pm           Astronomy (weather permitting)           Basketball Court

Saturday November 4

7:30am-8:15am           Check-In                                             Perry Room
8:30am-8:45am           Conference Kick-off                              Fort Pathfinder
8:45am-9:45am           Workshop Session 1                          Fort Pathfinder
10:00am-11:00am       Keynote: Bryan Snyder                         Fort Pathfinder
11:15am-12:45pm       Breakout Sessions                                Fort Pathfinder
1:00pm-2:30pm           Lunch Break (lunch not included)
2:45pm-3:45 pm          Workshop Session 2                          Fort Pathfinder
4:00pm-5:00pm           Workshop Session 3                          Fort Pathfinder
5:30pm-6:15pm           Dinner (included)                                 Dining Hall
7:00pm-7:15pm           Award Ceremony                                 Forth Pathfinder
7:15pm-8:30pm           Live Music: Jake’s Mountain                  Fort Pathfinder
8:30pm-10:00pm         Open Mic                                            Fort Pathfinder
8:30pm-10:00pm         Game Night                                         Perry Room

Sunday November 5

7:30am-8:30am           Potluck Breakfast                                 Pavilion (near basketball court)
8:45am-10:00am         Future Building and Planning Session     Pavilion (near basketball court)
10:15am-11:15am       Workshop Session 4                          Fort Pathfinder
11:30am-12:00pm       CLEAN-UP! Have a safe trip home!

Bryan Snyder's Biography

Naturalist and author Bryan Snyder grew up exploring the rolling hills and shady creeks of upstate New York. A year abroad in Scotland, filled with hitchhiking adventures in the highlands and journeys to ruined castles, convinced him that he needed to find employment outdoors. So after college Bryan taught natural science to young students at various environmental schools from Maine to Hawaii before settling on the West Coast.

Through trial and error, Bryan learned how to travel on the limited budget of a seasonal outdoor educator, which enabled a series of summertime odysseys in the Sierras and Rocky Mountains. Two decades after coming to the West, Bryan continues to tempt fate in the thorniest of natural landscapes. His "Off The Map" trilogy of adventure stories document his numerous encounters with bears, storms, cliffs and other near-catastrophes.

The author currently teaches at Camp Whittier in the Santa Ynez Valley of Southern California, where he strives to infuse all his programs with the element of adventure.

Walk-in registration will be available Fri., Nov. 3 at Pathfinder at 5 p.m. DO NOT register online.



Friday, November 3 - Sunday, November 5, 2017

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