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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

    • May 01, 2024
    • June 30, 2024
    • N/A
    Register

    The Environmental Educator Certification Program (EECP) runs August 2024 through June 2025. Program graduates will achieve certification and have the option of purchasing nine Graduate Units through University of San Diego (paid separately). The Program is designed for educators with a minimum of two years of teaching experience. Learn more about the program here. Please read through the website thoroughly before applying; we also strongly suggest that you attend an informational session. Paying this nonrefundable application fee does not guarantee you a spot in the program; in addition to paying the fee you must demonstrate readiness by completing this application form

    • October 01, 2024
    • November 15, 2024
    • Online - Moodle
    Register

    Fall 2024 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 roughly 6-week course takes an approximately 12 hours to complete. The course runs from October 1st through November 15th, 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.

    • January 15, 2025
    • February 28, 2025
    • Online - Moodle
    Register

    Winter 2025 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 roughly 6-week course takes an approximately 12 hours to complete. The course runs from January 15th through February 28th, 2025. 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.

    • January 30, 2025
    • 11:00 AM
    • February 02, 2025
    • 11:00 AM
    • 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 for one night*, and three meals included (Saturday lunch and dinner, plus Sunday breakfast). If you would like to arrive on Friday instead to have more time to network and share resources with your colleagues, please select the full Program Leaders' retreat registration. In addition to a structured PD session, there will be discussions on hiring and pay, and ample opportunities for networking and conversations around topics of your choice. 

    Draft Agenda

    • Saturday late morning arrival and check-in
    • Saturday lunch (included)
    • Saturday afternoon: professional development 
    • Saturday dinner (included)
    • Saturday evening: networking, resource share, and prep for open space
    • Sunday morning walk (optional) and check-out
    • Sunday breakfast (included)
    • Sunday open space
    *Lodging includes shared cabins with bunk beds and their own bathroom. You will need to bring your own linens (bedding or sleeping bag, pillow) and toiletries. Please reach out to aeoe@aeoe.org if you prefer to secure your own lodging and meals. 

        Professional development: TBD

        Registration options:

        Please select the option that is appropriate for you. Members automatically receive a discounted rate if you are logged in. If you work for an organizational member, contact us at aeoe@aeoe.org for your discount code. The assisted level rate is available for anyone who needs financial assistance to attend. If you need additional assistance and identify as Back, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color, scholarships are available through our partnership with CAELI in an effort to increase access and decrease barriers to participation. Contact us at aeoe@aeoe.org. 

        • January 31, 2025
        • 11:00 AM
        • February 02, 2025
        • 11:00 AM
        • Camp Ocean Pines, Cambria
        Register

        Join your colleagues from across the state for a retreat on the beautiful site of Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria. Professional development, and two meals meals included (Saturday lunch and dinner). With this registration level you are responsible for securing your own lodging. In addition to a structured PD session, there will be discussions on hiring and pay, and ample opportunities for networking and conversations around topics of your choice. 

        Draft Agenda

        • Saturday late morning arrival and check-in
        • Saturday lunch (included)
        • Saturday afternoon: professional development 
        • Saturday dinner (included)
        • Saturday evening: networking, resource share, and prep for open space
        • Sunday morning walk (optional) and check-out
        • Sunday breakfast (included)
        • Sunday open space

        Professional development: TBD

        Registration options:

        Please select the option that is appropriate for you. Members automatically receive a discounted rate if you are logged in. If you work for an organizational member, contact us at aeoe@aeoe.org for your discount code. The assisted level rate is available for anyone who needs financial assistance to attend. If you need additional assistance and identify as Back, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color, scholarships are available through our partnership with CAELI in an effort to increase access and decrease barriers to participation. Contact us at aeoe@aeoe.org. 

        • January 31, 2025
        • 4:00 PM
        • February 02, 2025
        • 11:00 AM
        • 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. The site is just minutes from the coast, and optional morning excursions can include nature walks around the property, a short hike down to the coastline, or a short drive to see the elephant seals. 

        Professional development, lodging for two nights*, and five meals included (Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast). In addition to a structured PD session, there will be discussions on hiring and pay, and ample opportunities for networking and conversations around topics of your choice. 

        Draft Agenda

        • Friday afternoon arrival and check-in
        • Friday dinner
        • Friday social (optional)
        • Saturday breakfast
        • Saturday morning local exploration (on your own or team up with other attendees)
        • Saturday lunch 
        • Saturday afternoon: professional development 
        • Saturday dinner
        • Saturday evening: networking, resource share, and prep for open space
        • Sunday morning walk (optional) and check-out
        • Sunday breakfast
        • Sunday open space

        *Lodging includes shared cabins with bunk beds and their own bathroom. You will need to bring your own linens (bedding or sleeping bag, pillow) and toiletries. 

        Professional development: TBD

        Registration options:

        Please select the option that is appropriate for you. Members automatically receive a discounted rate if you are logged in. If you work for an organizational member, contact us at aeoe@aeoe.org for your discount code. The assisted level rate is available for anyone who needs financial assistance to attend. If you need additional assistance and identify as Back, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color, scholarships are available through our partnership with CAELI in an effort to increase access and decrease barriers to participation. Contact us at aeoe@aeoe.org. 

        • April 30, 2025
        • June 15, 2025
        • Online - Moodle
        Register

        Spring 2025 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 roughly 6-week course takes an approximately 12 hours to complete. The course runs from April 30th through June 15th, 2025. 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.

      Past events

      June 11, 2024 Environmental Educator Certification Program Info Session
      June 04, 2024 Webinar: Inclusion of Gender Minority Participants in Environmental Education
      May 28, 2024 EE Program Leader Webinar: Risk Management and Compliance
      May 28, 2024 Using Sit Spots and your Senses to Connect with Nature
      May 21, 2024 Recursos en español para aprender al aire libre
      May 15, 2024 Environmental Educator Certification Program Info Session
      May 04, 2024 Resource Fair @ Statewide Conference 2024
      May 04, 2024 Statewide Conference 2024 - Saturday only
      May 03, 2024 Statewide Conference 2024 - Full weekend without lodging
      May 03, 2024 Statewide Conference 2024 - Full weekend with lodging
      April 30, 2024 Developing a Sense of Place by Sparking Curiosity and Wonder
      April 23, 2024 Invasive Species Education and Action
      April 23, 2024 EE Program Leader Webinar: Grant Funding
      April 16, 2024 The Wonders of Water: Practical Ideas and Resources for Educators
      April 10, 2024 Environmental Educator Certification Program Info Session
      March 26, 2024 EE Program Leader Webinar: Partnerships
      February 27, 2024 Enhancing Climate Change Education Through Active Learning
      February 20, 2024 Stories in the Wild: Animal Tracks & Traces
      February 15, 2024 eeCourse: Universal Design for Learning in Environmental Education
      February 06, 2024 Indigenous Resources for Outdoor Learning
      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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