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AEOE Statewide Spring Conference 2017

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The California Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education presents the 2017 Statewide Conference: “The Next Generation," March 24 –26, 2017 at Camp Jones Gulch in La Honda, CA.

Camp Jones Gulch, is located in La Honda, 50 miles south of San Francisco in the coastal range near Pescadero on many acres of woodland and open meadows. Jones Gulch and McCormick creeks run through the camp in giant stands of Redwoods and vibrant Douglas Fir with an abundance of hiking trails and opportunities to enjoy nature up close.

Join us for 60+ environmental education workshops, keynote address, music, entertainment, exhibitors, job fair, and networking! Registration includes the conference, 5 meals and lodging or camping. Day use rates also available.

Registration Fees (online registration is now closed; walk-in reg. is available 3/24 and 3/25):


Directions to YMCA Camp Jones Gulch: and

Professional Development Credit
$280 for 4 semester units of credit available through Brandman University. Read information about this opprtunity: Download the registration form: Info: Katie Andersen at

Name Tags
Bring your own organizational or hand-made name tag to wear during the conference.

Rideshare / Carpool
Offer or request a ride using our Google spreadsheet:

Interested in volunteering a small amount of time before and/or during the conference weekend? We need help with calls, donations, parking coordination, meal check-in, Sunday clean-up, and more. Email (TBD) to express your interest. Note: these are not paid positions and we do not have a "work for pay" program. Contact Molissa:

Registration Questions:



Starts Friday, 3/24 at 6 p.m. and ends Sunday, 3/26 around 1 p.m.

Workshop schedule and descriptions
AEOE Workshop Schedule By Time Slot Spring Conference 2017:
AEOE Workshop Schedule By Strand Spring Conference 2017: 

Full Conference Schedule (2nd page of this document):

Keynote John Muir Laws

John Muir Laws is a naturalist, artist, and educator who has dedicated his work to connecting people to nature through art and science.

Saturday Night Entertainment Banana Slug String Band
The Banana Slug String Band has played noted music festivals such as: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, and their home festival, Strawberry Music Festival, which they have played nearly 40 times!
The Banana Slug String Band has been playing music for kids for over 30 years. They have played in 40 states and 5 Countries for almost 2 million people. They have released 11 award winning CDs. Their music is used in school curricula and classes around the world.
Their live show is legendary, and includes characters such as: the Professor, Doug the Drop, Peter the Penguin, Mr. Dirt the puppet, Louie the Crab, and Big Red, the talking Redwood Tree. These characters come out in full body costume to the amazement of all. The songs are all original, and played in a variety of catchy musical style from folk and blues to reggae, rock and roll and rap. The songs are educational, funny and deeply moving. Kids come away inspired and ready to learn more about the Earth.

Friday Night Entertainment: Ghost Train 
Ghost Train is an Americana folk band based in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Jacob Martin, the band's lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist, originally hails from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. After several years of training and performing as an actor, Jacob relocated to the redwoods of Loma Mar to pursue a job as an environmental educator. While there, he led hikes, taught science, and met his future band mates: Joshua Stacy (cello), Emilie Lygren (piano), and Maranda Duval (vocals and percussion).

From their very first rehearsal together, the group knew they had created something special. With roots in Appalachian and classical traditions, Ghost Train captivates audiences with their storytelling lyrics, soaring harmonies, and skillful instrumentals. Since forming their band in January 2015, Ghost Train has performed at numerous venues around the Bay Area, including farmers' markets, community events, house parties, breweries, and a wine label release concert in Big Sur.

Crafts, Careers and Connections (Craft Fair, Job Fair, Networking)

Organizations will host tables to network and recruit new staff. Don’t forget your business cards, resumes, and organization’s collateral to share. Information/questions: Ben Nelson (

Artists will display and sell their art during this time. Make sure you take a look around! Information/questions: Ben Nelson (

Photography Contest:
For those who submitted their photographs to the contest, you may bring a hard copy of your submission to the conference for display. It must be labeled with the title of your photograph, your name, organization, location of your photo, and the date it was taken. All photos must have dimensions no smaller than 8”x10” and no larger than 11”x14.” Please submit the photograph to the registration table at the time of check in.
Contact: Tom Drake:

Open Mic Night (Saturday)
Questions: Alexis Kageyama ( and Robin VanHouten (

There will be a silent auction throughout the conference ending Saturdaynight  and a live auction interspersed with Open Mic on Saturday night. Proceeds go directly to AEOE’s scholarship fund, Joie’s Daisies. We accept cash or check.
If you are are able to offer an item for the auction, please fill out this form:
Questions? Please contact Katie Andersen,

No Alcohol or Drugs! This is a dry site! Please respect the site's regulations.

Connectivity on Site
Cell reception is poor to non-existent. Wifi is available in some buildings.


  • All breakfasts are served with hot and cold cereal, fresh fruit, juice, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, milk 
  • All lunches are served with a tossed green salad, fresh fruit, milk, coffee, and tea
  • All dinners are served with a tossed green salad, dessert, fresh fruit, milk, coffee, and tea 

Saturday 3/25

  • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, bacon, country style potatoes, biscuits 
  • Lunch: Burrito bar, beans, rice, chips and house made salsa’s, guacamole, cheese and sour cream
  • Dinner: Baked Penne with Italian Sausage, House Made Pesto, grilled veggies and ricotta and mozzarella cheese , french bread, steamed vegetable

Sunday 3/6

  • Breakfast: Pancakes, sausage, hash brown potatoes 
  • Lunch: Sandwich bar, homemade soup (Carrot Ginger), and chips

Online registration is is now closed. You may complete walk-in registration at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch in La Honda, CA on Friday, 3/24 or Saturday morning, 3/26. Please bring a check or cash to pay for your registration and membership (if applicable). Direct questions to



Friday, March 24 - Sunday, March 26, 2017

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