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Association for Environmental & Outdoor education


AEOE strengthens environmental education in California by connecting providers, building professional expertise, and championing environmental literacy and outdoor learning.

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 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

    • February 15, 2024
    • March 31, 2024
    • Online - Moodle
    Registration is closed

    Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Environmental Education 

    Description: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a teaching approach that works to accommodate the needs and abilities of all learners and eliminates unnecessary barriers in the learning process. UDL improves and optimizes teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. UDL is a framework to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and challenging for all and that gives all students equal opportunity to succeedUltimately, the goal of UDL is to support students and participants to become “expert learners” who are, each in their own way, purposeful and motivated, resourceful and knowledgeable, and strategic and goal-driven.

    This course is designed to encourage you to reflect deeply on your practice to focus on how you plan and teach to support all learners. The course content and associated assignments are geared towards practicing environmental and outdoor educators. We hope this course will inspire you to strengthen your pedagogical practices so they are more welcoming, inclusive, and accessible.

    Timing: This 6-week course takes approximately 12 hours to complete. The course runs from February 15th through March 31st, 2024. This course is offered on a quarterly basis. 

    Format: This is an asynchronous online course. 

    • All activities must be completed independently on your own time/schedule within the 6-week timeframe. 

    • We will provide a suggested timeline and periodic reminders to encourage the timely completion of assignments. While we want to be flexible, we also want these learning experiences to be meaningful and we think timely and periodic work in the course will benefit participants more than trying to complete coursework at the last minute.

    • Coursework includes watching videos, reading articles, posting on public forums and Padlet boards, and writing/recording personal reflections.

    • The course is managed through Moodle - participants will be sent an invitation to access the course on the start date. 

    The course will be moderated by Amy Williams, Ed.D.

    One graduate unit is available upon completion of the course (the unit costs $79 and is purchased separately from University of San Diego). Note that you must also submit a certificate of competition in order to receive your transcript.

    Course content was designed by Michelle Silvers of Silver’s Lining PLLC, Estrella Risinger with AEOE, Michelle Pearce and Lauren Pyle with the Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC), with contributions from Rebekah Jones and the Cooper Center for Environmental Learning.

    • April 10, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Are you interested in becoming certified as an environmental educator? Want to strengthen your resume, increase your skills, and make valuable professional connections across the state? Consider applying to California's Environmental Educator Certification Program (EECP)! Join our info session to hear an overview of the program. Be sure to bring your questions!

    Zoom link to be shared one week prior to the session. 

    • April 16, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online

    The Wonders of Water: Practical Ideas and Resources for Educators

    Tues, April 16 – 4pm Pacific

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    WITH Water Education Experts, Rocelle Strauss, World Fish Migration Day, Water Rangers and Oceanwise

    Water is essential for life and each of us is part of the water cycle each day wherever we live. Join this collaborative workshop where we will discuss all things water education, from our place in the cycle, to the other beings we share the water with, how to study it and how we are linked to the oceans!

    Presenters:

    1. Rochelle Strauss is an educator and an award-winning author whose books are dedicated to building environmental literacy. Her titles include The Global Ocean, One Well: The Story of Water on Earth (over 500,000 copies sold!) and Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth. Her next book, tentatively called All the Water will be released in spring 2026 and she has a follow up to One Well slated for fall 2026. Her books have been published internationally, translated into several languages, and have been incorporated into curriculum in the US. The Global Ocean is a UNESCO endorsed Ocean Decade Activity.
    2. Praise Osifo is the Education Coordinator for Water Rangers, a Canadian non-profit that builds easy-to-use water quality test kits for community scientists to monitor local water bodies. Water Rangers has teamed up with Ocean Diagnostics, a Canadian environmental impact company, to equip the next generation of environmental change-makers with the knowledge and skills needed to address complex global issues — like water quality and plastic pollution.
    3. Kirsten Harma is from World Fish Migration Day (WFMD). WFMD culminates every two years in a global celebration to create awareness about the importance of migratory fish and free-flowing rivers. This international day of events is coordinated by the World Fish Migration Foundation. On World Fish Migration Day, organisations from around the world coordinate their own event around the common theme of: Connecting Fish, Rivers & People.
    4. As the Manager of Education at Ocean Wise, Daphne Austin helps others connect to the ocean through her years within conservation education and B.Sc.. in combined oceanography and biology. An expert in creating connections through online platforms, she brings her passion for inspiring others to make positive actions for the ocean.

    Take Action with Water Education:

    Offered in partnership by The Outdoor Learning Store and Outdoor Learning Partners:

    • Registration is FREE and there will be plenty of draw prizes for attendees!
    • All registrants will receive a discount code to access outdoor learning resources when they register
    • For those who can’t attend live these will each be recorded and posted on the Outdoor Learning Store's Recordings Page
    • Following the workshop, participants will receive a link to access a Certificate of Attendance
    • April 23, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online

    Invasive Species Education and Action


    Tues, April 23 – 4pm Pacific

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    With Educators Jennifer Hegan and Stephanie Weinstein

    Join Invasive Species Education Facilitators to gain a better understanding of invasive species, their impacts, and how students of all ages can make a difference. This is the opportunity to see new outdoor focused invasive species education resources that touch on multiple aspects of curriculum. You will gain fresh ideas, tips, and tools for inspiring learners to be aware of local biodiversity, to develop deeper connections with nature, and to become stewards of special places. 

    Presenters:

    1. Jen Hagen brings an environmental science background and a passion for forest foraging, growing food, and experiential learning to Invasive Species Education. Jen is lucky to live and farm in the Bulkley Valley where she has worked for 20 years as an Educator in food security and outdoor and nature-based teaching.  

    2. Stephanie Weinstein is an avid naturalist and environmental educator who is passionate about connecting people to nature and inspiring them to learn about, care for, and take action to protect biodiversity.  As the Senior Lead of Education with the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia, Stephanie supports educators with place-based outdoor learning and with integrating invasive species learning and action into their teaching. 

    Access amazing invasive species resources: 

      Offered in partnership by The Outdoor Learning Store and Outdoor Learning Partners:

      • Registration is FREE and there will be plenty of draw prizes for attendees!
      • All registrants will receive a discount code to access outdoor learning resources when they register
      • For those who can’t attend live these will each be recorded and posted on the Outdoor Learning Store's Recordings Page
      • Following the workshop, participants will receive a link to access a Certificate of Attendance
      • April 30, 2024
      • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • Online

      Developing a Sense of Place by Sparking Curiosity and Wonder


      Tues, April 30 – 4pm Pacific

      CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

      Join our three fantastic educators and authors of ‘A Walking Curriculum for the Early Years’ for a beautiful walk into early years education that sparks curiosity and wonder. They will share their new innovative, interdisciplinary resource designed specifically for Early Years Educators that outlines an imaginative and ecological approach to taking student learning outside school walls.

      Presenters:

      1. Dr. Gillian Judson is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Her scholarship examines imagination’s role in leadership, learning (PreK-post-secondary), and imaginative and ecological teaching practices (PreK through post-secondary). 

        2. Dr. Michelle McKay is a teacher/Early Years educator who teaches in a large urban centre in Ontario. She completed her Ph.D. at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto) in Curriculum and Pedagogy. Michelle’s research is situated around engaging Kindergarten students in teaching and learning about truth and reconciliation. 

        3. Klara Redford is a teacher in a large urban school board and has spent the majority of her career learning alongside students in the Early Years. Klara’s passion lies in amplifying student identity and lived experiences as we #getoutside to extend the learning, learn with and from the land and develop a deeper sense of Place.   

      Spark your own sense of wonder:
        Offered in partnership by The Outdoor Learning Store and Outdoor Learning Partners:

        • Registration is FREE and there will be plenty of draw prizes for attendees!
        • All registrants will receive a discount code to access outdoor learning resources when they register
        • For those who can’t attend live these will each be recorded and posted on the Outdoor Learning Store's Recordings Page
        • Following the workshop, participants will receive a link to access a Certificate of Attendance
        • May 03, 2024
        • 2:00 PM
        • May 05, 2024
        • 1:00 PM
        • Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center; Orange, CA
        Register

        The Statewide Conference for Environmental & Outdoor Education is our signature event, bringing together several hundred environmental and outdoor professionals for a weekend of learning, community-building, and fun. The event features 40+ workshops, silent auction, evening entertainment, keynote speakers, an awards ceremony, and more. Click here for more information

        Full weekend registration without lodging includes all the activities listed above as well six meals (Dinner on Friday, Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner on Saturday, and Breakfast / Lunch on Sunday). We assume that you are either live locally or elect to secure your own lodging elsewhere.

        • May 03, 2024
        • 2:00 PM
        • May 05, 2024
        • 1:00 PM
        • Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center; Orange, CA
        Register

        The Statewide Conference for Environmental & Outdoor Education is our signature event, bringing together several hundred environmental and outdoor professionals for a weekend of learning, community-building, and fun. The event features 40+ workshops, silent auction, evening entertainment, keynote speakers, an awards ceremony, and more. Click here for more information

        Full weekend registration includes lodging on Friday and Saturday night (camping or shared dorms) and six meals (Dinner on Friday, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner on Saturday, and Breakfast/Lunch on Sunday). If you elect to camp, you are responsible for bringing your own equipment; if you choose to stay in the shared dorms, you must bring your own linens. Semi-private cabins are available as a premium option at an additional fee. 

        • May 04, 2024
        • 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
        • Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center; Orange, CA
        Register

        The Statewide Conference for Environmental & Outdoor Education is our signature event, bringing together several hundred environmental and outdoor professionals for a weekend of learning, community-building, and fun. The event features 40+ workshops, silent auction, evening entertainment, keynote speakers, an awards ceremony, and more. Click here for more information

        Saturday only registration includes three meals (B/L/D) and all workshops and events on Saturday. 

        • May 04, 2024
        • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
        • Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center
        Register

        Share your resources and job opportunities with the statewide conference attendees! Conference sponsors and organizational members have free access to table at this conference session. If you are not an organizational member of AEOE yet, you can either choose to become one and join our awesome statewide network, or register as an individual member or a guest. 

        Date: Saturday, May 5, 2023

        Time: 4:30-5:30 PM

        Location: Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center

        Note: Tables and chairs are available. If you are only joining for the resource fair and not the statewide conference, please don't arrive before 4:00 PM. You are responsible for set-up and clean-up of your materials, although a member of our team is happy to offer assistance. We are expecting approx. 300 attendees so please plan accordingly. 

        • May 15, 2024
        • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
        • Online
        Register

        Are you interested in becoming certified as an environmental educator? Want to strengthen your resume, increase your skills, and make valuable professional connections across the state? Consider applying to California's Environmental Educator Certification Program (EECP)! Join our info session to hear an overview of the program. Be sure to bring your questions!

        Zoom link to be shared one week prior to the session. 

        • May 21, 2024
        • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
        • Online

        Recursos en español para aprender al aire libre

        MARTES, MAYO – 4pm Pacific

        CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

        Con las educadoras Sofia Shanahan y Mercedes Bosch Toca

        Únase a nosotros para conocer las oportunidades de aprendizaje al aire libre, todas ellas a poca distancia de su lugar de residencia o de su centro de estudios. Exploremos un plan de estudios para maestros de educación primaria enfocado en la relación entre el plástico, nuestras acciones diarias y el oceáno. A través de recursos innovadores e interdisciplinarios, los estudiantes podrán tomar acciones positivas para reducir el uso de plásticos en su vida diaria.

        Sofía Shanahan es educadora y madre apasionada por el aprendizaje al aire libre. Luego de emigrar a Canadá desde Venezuela hace una década, Sofía pasa su tiempo trabajando en la biblioteca pública y explorando la naturaleza con su esposo y dos hijos.

        Mercedes Bosch Toca es la gerente de Educación Móvil en Ocean Wise, y es una apasionada de la comunicación de la ciencia y la alfabetización oceánica al mundo.

        Todos los inscritos podrán ganar fantásticos premios. Tras el taller, recibirás un código de descuento para acceder a los recursos compartidos, a la grabación y a un enlace para acceder a tu certificado de asistencia.

        Salgamos a caminar el plan de estudios

        Offered in partnership by The Outdoor Learning Store and Outdoor Learning Partners:

        • Registration is FREE and there will be plenty of draw prizes for attendees!
        • All registrants will receive a discount code to access outdoor learning resources when they register
        • For those who can’t attend live these will each be recorded and posted on the Outdoor Learning Store's Recordings Page
        • Following the workshop, participants will receive a link to access a Certificate of Attendance
        • May 28, 2024
        • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
        • Online

        Using Sit Spots and your Senses to Connect with Nature

        TUES, May 28 – 4pm Pacific

        CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

        With Educator, Author and Consultant Lauren MacLean Join us for an interactive workshop that delves into the world of sit spots and sensory wakeups and their significance in fostering a deeper connection with nature. Designed around the book “Me and My Sit Spot,” this engaging session will equip educators and nature enthusiasts with practical approaches to introduce and incorporate sit spots into their outdoor learning. Through the sit spot routine, we will also investigate how we can develop observational skills, mindfulness, reflection, and overall well-being. 

        Presenter Lauren MacLean is a elementary school teacher, outdoor learning consultant and accomplished author, with her children's picture books "Me and My Sit Spot", "Me and My Sit Spot for Early Learners" and "Moi et Mon Coin nature Où J’aime M’asseoir, captivating young readers with its enchanting story of how important it is to spend quality time in nature. She serves as the host of the popular Teach Outdoors podcast, where she shares strategies for bringing the classroom into the great outdoors as well as interviews other inspiring educators who are passionate to discuss their outdoor classroom experiences. Lauren's passion for nature exploration shines through, inspiring both children and adults alike to appreciate and learn from the natural world.

        Settle in to your own sit spot to read:

        Offered in partnership by The Outdoor Learning Store and Outdoor Learning Partners:

        • Registration is FREE and there will be plenty of draw prizes for attendees!
        • All registrants will receive a discount code to access outdoor learning resources when they register
        • For those who can’t attend live these will each be recorded and posted on the Outdoor Learning Store's Recordings Page
        • Following the workshop, participants will receive a link to access a Certificate of Attendance
        • June 11, 2024
        • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
        • Online
        Register

        Are you interested in becoming certified as an environmental educator? Want to strengthen your resume, increase your skills, and make valuable professional connections across the state? Consider applying to California's Environmental Educator Certification Program (EECP)! Join our info session to hear an overview of the program. Be sure to bring your questions!

        Zoom link to be shared one week prior to the session. 

      Past events

      February 27, 2024 Enhancing Climate Change Education Through Active Learning
      February 20, 2024 Stories in the Wild: Animal Tracks & Traces
      February 06, 2024 Indigenous Resources for Outdoor Learning
      February 03, 2024 Program Leaders' Annual Retreat - Saturday night
      February 03, 2024 Program Leaders' Annual Retreat - No Lodging
      February 02, 2024 Program Leaders' Annual Retreat - Friday & Saturday night
      January 23, 2024 Outdoor Learning Astronomy
      January 16, 2024 Managing Eco-Anxiety through Outdoor Learning
      December 06, 2023 Virtual Environmental Education Career Fair
      November 14, 2023 Building Capacity for Outdoor Learning: Introducing a Digital Tool for Success
      November 01, 2023 eeCourse: Universal Design for Learning in Environmental Education
      October 24, 2023 Online Workshop: Tick Talk
      October 17, 2023 Connecting Children to Nature through Indigenous Teachings
      October 15, 2023 Statewide Convening: Celebrating Our Community
      October 15, 2023 Fall 2023 Regional Meet-up: Bay Area
      October 15, 2023 Fall 2023 Regional Meet-up: Orange County
      October 15, 2023 Fall 2023 Regional Meet-up: San Diego County
      October 15, 2023 Fall 2023 Regional Meet-up: North Coast
      October 15, 2023 Fall 2023 Regional Meet-up: Central Valley
      October 15, 2023 Fall 2023 Regional Meet-up: Sierra Foothills
      October 03, 2023 Outdoor Learning through Patterns in Nature
      September 26, 2023 Wild Learning: Practical Ideas to Bring Teaching Outdoors
      September 19, 2023 Naturally Inclusive: Engaging Children of All Abilities Outdoors
      July 05, 2023 eeCourse: Universal Design for Learning in Environmental Education
      July 01, 2023 EECP 2023-2024 Enrollment
      June 30, 2023 Best Practices for Climate Change Education Webinar
      June 13, 2023 Animating Outdoor Learning Using Finger Puppets
      June 06, 2023 Walking Together: Two-Eyed Seeing
      June 01, 2023 EECP Info Session #2
      May 30, 2023 How to Teach Nature Journaling: Curiosity, Wonder, Attention
      May 25, 2023 A Discussion on Equitable Approaches to Quality Jobs & Living Wages in EE
      May 23, 2023 Race and Nature for Educators
      May 23, 2023 EECP Info Session #1
      May 16, 2023 Resources for World Oceans Day
      May 06, 2023 Resource Fair @ Statewide Conference 2023
      May 06, 2023 Statewide Conference 2023 - Saturday only
      May 05, 2023 Statewide Conference 2023 - Full weekend with lodging
      May 05, 2023 Statewide Conference 2023 - Full weekend w/out lodging
      May 03, 2023 EECP 2023-2024 Application
      April 27, 2023 EE & Community Engagement
      April 25, 2023 Nature Activities for Year-round Learning
      April 18, 2023 Taking a Closer Look: Investigations in Nature
      April 11, 2023 Resources for Earth Month
      March 07, 2023 School Gardening: Teaching Tools & Resources
      February 28, 2023 A People’s Curriculum for the Earth
      February 21, 2023 Green Ummah & The Great Outdoors
      February 17, 2023 Announcing the Next Great Workshop - YOURS!
      February 13, 2023 Supporting LGBTQIA2S+ Students in EE
      February 08, 2023 Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults
      February 07, 2023 Taking Math Outdoors: Practical Ideas & Examples
      January 31, 2023 Climate Change & Sustainability Education Resources
      January 25, 2023 Environmental Justice and the Future of EE
      January 24, 2023 Dirty Teaching: A Beginners Guide to Learning Outdoors
      November 29, 2022 Accessibility in Outdoor Learning
      November 15, 2022 Teaching Green in the Elementary Years
      November 12, 2022 Program Leaders Annual Retreat
      November 06, 2022 Fall Virtual Celebration
      November 06, 2022 Fall 2022 Regional Meet-up: Inland Empire
      November 06, 2022 Fall 2022 Regional Meet-up: Central Coast
      November 06, 2022 Fall 2022 Regional Meet-up: Sierra Foothills
      November 06, 2022 Fall 2022 Regional Meet-up: San Diego County
      November 06, 2022 Fall 2022 Regional Meet-up: Bay Area
      November 06, 2022 Fall 2022 Regional Meet-up: Los Angeles
      October 04, 2022 2022 Environmental & Outdoor Education Virtual Job Fair
      October 04, 2022 Nature Connection: Sensory Activities for All Ages
      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
      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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