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 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

    • 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

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    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:


    • January 24, 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online

    Dirty Teaching: A Beginners Guide to Learning Outdoors

    Tues, JAN 24 – 4pm Pacific

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    With Author Juliet Robertson

    With Jade Harvey-Berrill of the Outdoor Learning Store, Steph Korolyk of Take Me Outside hosting Author Juliet Robertson.

    Juliet  is one of the world’s leading education consultants specializing in outdoor learning and play. She is passionate about enabling schools, play organizations and early years settings to provide quality outdoor learning and play opportunities for children and young people. Juliet will share tips, tricks, and strategies from her renowned book, Dirty Teaching: A Beginners Guide to Learning Outdoors.

    One of the keys to a happy and creative classroom is getting out of it, and this book will give you the confidence to do it. It contains a wealth of ideas that allow educators and parents to encourage outdoor learning and improve student participation.

    All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! Following the workshop, you will receive a link to the resources shared, the recording, and access your Certificate of Attendance.

    You can access Juliet’s fantastic resources here:

    1. Dirty Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Outdoors
    2. Messy Maths: A Playful, Outdoor Approach for Early Years

    Offered in partnership with The Outdoor Learning Store:


    • January 31, 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online

    Climate Change & Sustainability Education Resources

    Tues, JAN 31 – 4pm Pacific

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    With Ian Shanahan (Green Teacher) and Sam Levac-Levey (Solutions)

    Join Ian Shanahan & Sam Levac-Levey to learn about some fantastic resources for educating, engaging, and empowering students around climate change and sustainability education.

    Sam is the developer of the Solutions, a board game to inform and inspire hope and action for the climate. Solutions was designed with educators in mind. Each solution card played requires students to actively engage with the solution, think critically, and discuss it with their peers.

    Ian is the Editor of Green Teacher, a world-renowned organization that has published hundreds of practical examples, activities, and lesson plans from teachers who are making a difference in their classrooms and communities.

    All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! Following the workshop, you will receive a link to the resources shared, the recording, and access your Certificate of Attendance.

    You can access these empowering resources here: 

    1. Solutions Board Game
    2. Teaching Kids about Climate Change
    3. Teaching Teens about Climate Change
    4. Teaching Green Series: for Elementary, Middle & High Schools

      Offered in partnership with The Outdoor Learning Store:


      • February 07, 2023
      • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • Online

      Taking Math Outdoors: Practical Ideas & Examples

      Tues, FEB 7 – 4pm Pacific

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      With Pamela Gibson & Janice Haines (Learning for a Sustainable Future)

      Wondering how you can further the outdoor experience for your students beyond science and geography? Perhaps re-envisioning your Math Program can help. Join Pamela Gibson & Janice Haines of Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) for some inspiring ideas and practical ways of connecting math curricula with outside. It’s a liberating experience!

      Pamela is a career long classroom teacher with k-10 experience and has been taking students outdoors for decades. To get at curriculum she uses a hands-on experiential approach, place based outdoor learning and inquiry.

      Janice is an elementary teacher with a passion for learning outdoors and in the community. Janice has been using the Sustainable Development Goals to help children become informed active citizens who are taking action and making a difference in their communities.

      All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! Following the workshop, you will receive a link to the resources shared, the recording, and access your Certificate of Attendance.

      You can access some of the Outdoor Math Resources that will be shared here:

      1. Math in Nature Seasonal Series
      2. Messy Maths: A Playful, Outdoor Approach for Early Years

          Offered in partnership with The Outdoor Learning Store:


          • February 21, 2023
          • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
          • Online

          Green Ummah & The Great Outdoors

          Tues, FEB 21 – 4pm Pacific

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          With Aadil Nathani, Co-founder of Green Ummah

          Join Aadil Nathani of Green Ummah, a non-profit organization with the goal of creating a green movement in the Muslim community.

          Aadil has responded to the urgent need to address climate change and the responsibility that we have to take care of the planet by co-founding Green Ummah with the hope that it can provide simple, practical solutions for Muslims to be more environmentally friendly.

          Aadil will share some ideas and resources from the work of Green Ummah, and will also share the work of Ambreen Tariq, author of Fatima’s Great Outdoors, and of the founder of @BrownPeopleCamping.  

          All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! Following the workshop, you will receive a link to the resources shared, the recording, and access your Certificate of Attendance.

          Access Fatima’s Great Outdoors

          Offered in partnership with The Outdoor Learning Store:


          • February 28, 2023
          • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
          • Online

          A People’s Curriculum for the Earth

          Tues, FEB 28 – 4pm Pacific

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          With Author & Teacher, Tim Swinehart

          Tim Swinehart is a high school teacher and co-author of A People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis.

          This resource book for educators features some of the best articles from Rethinking Schools magazine alongside classroom-friendly readings on climate change, energy, water, food, and pollution – as well as on people who are working to make things better.

          At a time when it’s becoming increasingly obvious that life on Earth is at risk, here is a resource that helps students see what’s wrong and imagine solutions.

          All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! Following the workshop, you will receive a link to the resources shared, the recording, and access your Certificate of Attendance.

          Access A People’s Curriculum for the Earth Educator Resource Book

          Offered in partnership with The Outdoor Learning Store:


          • March 07, 2023
          • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
          • Online

          School Gardening: Teaching Tools & Resources

          Tues, MAR 7 – 4pm Pacific

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          With School Garden Educators, Kaci Rae Christopher and Megan Zeni

          With spring around the corner, we are excited to bring back Megan Zeni and Kaci Rae Christopher, two amazing school garden specialists!

          Kaci Rae is a School Garden & Farm Educator, and author of The School Garden Curriculum: An Integrated K-8 Guide for Discovering Science, Ecology, and Whole-Systems Thinking.

          Megan is a Teacher and School Garden Educator, and the co-curator of the Soil Study and Inquiry Kit, as well as the Looking Closely Outdoor Learning Kit.

          Kaci Rae & Megan will share some tips, tricks, activities and resources for taking your learning into your school or community garden. We will also share the learning resource that accompanies the Food Cycler for Schools.

          All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! Following the workshop, you will receive a link to the resources shared, the recording, and access your Certificate of Attendance.

          You can access these fantastic outdoor learning resources here:   

          1. Soil Study & Inquiry Kit
          2. Looking Closely Outdoor Learning Kit
          3. The School Garden Curriculum
          4. Food Cycler for Schools

          Offered in partnership with The Outdoor Learning Store:


        Past events

        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
        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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