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  • June 30, 2020 4:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear environmental and outdoor educators,

    On Friday, I felt immense gratitude for being able to come together as a community during our first ever virtual statewide conference. The day of learning and connection was AWESOME, and filled my cup in so many ways. Yet it was also shadowed by grief and anger and frustration. Our world is on fire. In addition to the hardships presented through COVID-19, the headlines are once again filled with violence and brutality towards brown and black people. In many cases, folks who are trying to enjoy the outdoors, be active and healthy.

    As outdoor and environmental educators, we lead with our hearts. Compassion is our strength. Caring is our calling. And if one falls, we all fall.

    At AEOE, our vision is for every young person to live in a healthy community with access to meaningful learning experiences outdoors. We work to create the future that we want to see in the world. If we are working to make our field more inclusive, we can't ignore systemic and institutional racism. And if there was ever a time to speak out and to speak up against racism and white supremacy, this is it.

    Personally, my family is committing to directly supporting these organizations:

    And there are many others who are doing important work that could also use your support. Follow them. Amplify them. Fund them if you are able. 

    I am a white woman. My children are white. I grapple with this privilege every day. Sometimes I feel proud of my ability to stand tall. Truthfully, sometimes I step in it. But it is my job to keep trying, to keep striving for the world I want to see. Committing to anti-racism is a lifelong process. I don’t always get it right. But I am committed to showing up, for using my privilege to work to dismantle systems of injustice. For my friends. For yours. For my children, and for yours. For our future together on this beautiful planet we call home. 

    I will stand with you. I hope you will stand with me. 

    With love,

    Estrella Risinger, AEOE Executive Director


  • May 04, 2020 4:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear environmental and outdoor education community,

    In this time of uncertainty, there's a fundamental truth that gives us hope – that together we can do extraordinary things. Over the past few weeks and months, the entire world has been coming together to stand up, help out, give back, and heal. Whether that's through donations to community organizations, celebrating doctors and nurses at shift changes, recognizing the extraordinary efforts of educators to bring learning to children at home, or reaching out to a neighbor, generosity has been helping the entire world get through this global pandemic. Together. 

    One of the fundamental truths that has long been held within the field of environmental and outdoor education is that we are all connected. We know that John Muir is a complicated icon, but these words feel particularly pertinent right now: "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." Never has this lesson been more evident than in these past weeks. We are glad to be connected to all of you. 

    We hope you are healthy and safe, 

    Your friends at AEOE

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