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. 

CONFERENCES

AEOE typically 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

    • 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

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    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:


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

    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! 

    Participating employers include:

    • Pali Institute
    • NatureBridge
    • San Diego County Office of Education
    • Gateway Mountain Center
    • Sierra Outdoor School
    • Sky Mountain Outdoor Education
    • Environmental Nature Center
    • Acta Non Verba
    • Westminster Woods
    • Sienna Ranch
    • Great Basin Outdoor School 
    • Los Angeles County Office of Education
    • Hidden Villa
    • UC ANR California Naturalist

    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!

    • November 06, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • LandUse Center, Riverside
    Register

    Inland Empire Meet-up! Join environmental and outdoor education professionals from across the Inland Empire region to explore a local site, meet colleagues working in a variety of settings, and deepen your practice through shared learning. The event will include a tour of the site, networking activities, open space discussions, and our annual fall awards ceremony celebrating the northern and southern environmental educators of the year (the ceremony will be held online, with participants joining from across the state).

    Meet-up LocationLandUse Learning Center

    The LandUse Learning Center (LLC) in Riverside is a demonstration garden depicting sustainable practices in local land use; native habitats, urban areas and agriculture. Offered in partnership with the Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District, National Association for Interpretation Western Region, and the Environmental Education Collaborative. 

    Address: 4500 Glenwood Dr., Riverside, 92501

    Questions? Contact Diana at ruiz@rcrcd.org or (909) 238-8338.

          

    • November 06, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
    Register

    Central Coast Meet-up! Join environmental and outdoor education professionals from across the Central Coast region to explore a local site, meet colleagues working in a variety of settings, and deepen your practice through shared learning. The event will include a tour of the site, networking activities, open space discussions, and our annual fall awards ceremony celebrating the northern and southern environmental educators of the year (the ceremony will be held online, with participants joining from across the state).

    Meet-up LocationCentral Coast Science Project at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Learn By Doing Lab

    The Central Coast Science Project (CCSP), operating out of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, is one of several California Science Projects funded by the University of California Office of the President. The CCSP offers rigorous professional development workshops each summer (and often during the academic year) to practicing K-12 teachers from the Central Coast and beyond. Meet-up participants will spend time in the Learn By Doing Lab and the Leaning Pine Arboretum. 

    Address: Cal Poly 1 Grand Avenue San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

      

    • November 06, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Shady Creek Outdoor School, Nevada City
    Register

    Sierra Foothills Meet-up! Join environmental and outdoor education professionals from across the Sierra Foothills region to explore a local site, meet colleagues working in a variety of settings, and deepen your practice through shared learning. The event will include a tour of the site, networking activities, open space discussions, and our annual fall awards ceremony celebrating the northern and southern environmental educators of the year (the ceremony will be held online, with participants joining from across the state).

    Meet-up LocationShady Creek Outdoor School

    Located in Nevada City, Shady Creek Outdoor School is an environmental science school that offers residential and day programs and is owned and operated by the Sutter County Superintendent of Schools Office. 

    Address: 18601 Pathfinder Way, Nevada City, CA 95959


      

    • November 06, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Living Coast Discovery Center, Chula Vista
    Register

    San Diego County Meet-up! Join environmental and outdoor education professionals from across the San Diego County region to explore a local site, meet colleagues working in a variety of settings, and deepen your practice through shared learning. The event will include a tour of the site, networking activities, open space discussions, and our annual fall awards ceremony celebrating the northern and southern environmental educators of the year (the ceremony will be held online, with participants joining from across the state).

    Meet-up LocationLiving Coast Discovery Center

    The Living Coast Discovery Center is an environmental education center in Chula Vista with marine animal, animal, and bird exhibits located in the Sweetwater Marsh Unit of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. Offered in partnership with San Diego Children & Nature Network. 

    Address1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910


         

    • November 06, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register

    Bay Area Meet-up! Join environmental and outdoor education professionals from across the SF Bay Area to explore a local site, meet colleagues working in a variety of settings, and deepen your practice through shared learning. The event will include a tour of the site, networking activities, open space discussions, and our annual fall awards ceremony celebrating the northern and southern environmental educators of the year (the ceremony will be held online, with participants joining from across the state).

    Meet-up Location: TBD (coming soon!)

    Offered in partnership with ChangeScale


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

    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 aeoe@aeoe.org 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

    With Educators from Green Teacher

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    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

    With Accessibility and Inclusion Consultant, Karen Lai 

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    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:


    • January 17, 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online

    Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults

    Tues, Jan 17 – 4pm Pacific 

    With Author Monique Gray Smith

    REGISTER TO ATTEND

    Join us to learn from award-winning, best-selling author, and professional consultant Monique Gray Smith as she shares about her most recent published book, the adaptation of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s ‘Braiding Sweetgrass’ for the Young Adult audience.

    Monique has written eight books including Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation, My Heart Fills with Happiness, You Hold Me Up, Lucy and Lola, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, and When We Are Kind. Monique's most recent novel, Tilly and the Crazy Eights was long listed for Canada Reads 2021. Monique is Cree, Lakota, and Scottish.

    Join Monique for this engaging workshop on how to share Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants with Young Adults.

    All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! In addition in your confirmation email you will also be sent a discount code to access Indigenous Learning Resources at our non-profit Outdoor Learning Store, including Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults. Following the workshop you will receive a link to access your Certificate of Attendance.

    Offered in partnership with The Outdoor Learning Store:


Past events

September 27, 2022 Animals Care for Mother Earth: An Indigenous Teaching Resource for Personal Development
September 20, 2022 Life Underground: Student Soil Exploration Resources & Activities
September 13, 2022 Classrooms to Communities: The Best Resources for Outdoor Learning
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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