Association for Environmental & Outdoor education
AEOE strengthens environmental education in California by connecting providers, building professional expertise, and championing environmental literacy and outdoor learning.
Join us for a weekend of learning, networking, and fun in Orange County! The conference is held Friday evening through Sunday lunch and includes 40+ workshops, a keynote speaker, an awards ceremony, resource fair, EECP presentations, live and silent auction, evening entertainment, and more. Lodging and meals are offered onsite starting with dinner on Friday and going through lunch on Sunday. Both camping and cabin dorm accommodations are available for Friday and Saturday night (BYO linens/camping gear).
1 graduate unit is available to purchase from University of San Diego for those attending the full conference.
Is this your first time attending an AEOE conference and you aren't sure what to expect? Do you have specific dietary or other needs that you want to make sure we can support? Please read through our FAQs and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if your question or concern isn't addressed.
CONFERENCE KEYNOTE: Isaias Hernandez, Queer Brown Vegan
Isaias Hernandez is an educator and creative devoted to improving environmental literacy through content creation, storytelling, and public engagements.
Isaias is more commonly known by his moniker, Queer Brown Vegan: the independent media platform he started to bring intersectional environmental education to all. His journey to deconstruct complex issues, while centering diversity and authenticity, has resonated with a worldwide audience. He also collaborates with other leaders from the private and public sectors to uplift and produce stories of change for his independent web series, Sustainable Jobs and Teaching Climate Together.
Isaias has been featured in several noteworthy publications, including Vogue, New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and Yale Climate Communications. His social media advocacy earned him recognition as a top climate creator by Harvard C-CHANGE. As a public speaker, he’s presented for New York Times, Nike, Environmental Media Association, Billie Eilish’s Overheated Summit, Harvard University, Deloitte, and more. He recently co-produced the Symbiocene event series in London and New York City. Isaias is based in Los Angeles, working as a full-time content creator, public speaker, and dog daddy.
Conference Theme: Reinvigorate!
Learn new skills, strategies, and techniques; practice care for yourself and others; and uplift our community at the statewide conference for environmental and outdoor education!
Strands – Workshops will align with the following strands:
Examples: Research trends in EE; evaluating and assessing your program impact; vestiges from COVID era tech that stuck; performance evaluations for your staff; strategic planning for your team; the changing and evolving landscape of EE
* Note that equity and inclusion are expected to be incorporated into every workshop
Registration is now open! There are several options available. Click here to find the option that is best for you. Members and workshop presenters receive discounted rates, as well as staff of our organizational members (if you are the organizational member contact, click on membership benefits to access the discount code).
|Early bird/regular/walk-in full weekend with lodging
|Early bird/regular/walk-in full weekend without lodging
|Early bird/regular/walk-in Saturday only
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|Organizational member staff
|$260 / $290 / $340
|$210 / $240 / $290
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|$180 / $195 / $210
Conference scholarships are available through Joie's Daisies Scholarship Fund, named after beloved outdoor educator Joie Armstrong. Joie was a bright light to all who knew her. In her words: "My passion lies with teaching children about their environment, and I have dedicated all of my efforts toward it." In honor of her legacy, AEOE offers scholarships to support the attendance of environmental and outdoor educators who need financial assistance. A minimum of 50% of scholarships will be offered to individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) and/or LGBTQIA+ to decrease barriers and increase access to participation.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PRIORITY DEADLINE: March 1, 2024. Applications submitted after March 1 will considered on a rolling basis if funds allow. Click here to apply for a scholarship.
Interested in directing your talents and skills towards helping us to put on a successful conference? Consider being a volunteer! We need support in a number of areas:
On-site support (multiple): We will also need assistance with arrival/welcome, sign crew, registration, parking, and clean-up. While these roles don't come with a registration discount, they are a great way to connect with other participants and get involved in a meaningful way.
Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering. And thank you to board co-chairs Mindy Schwartz and Brandy Lively as well as community members Emelie Traub, Robb Stolberg, Chandler Barger, Elizabeth Hueter-Willoughby, and Samaya Rubio for serving on our Conferences & Awards Committee, helping us to make this a great event!
Are you interested in supporting this event and sharing your brand with our community? Click here to access our sponsor packet. Contact AEOE's Executive Director Estrella Risinger at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in sponsoring this premier event.
The statewide conference features both a live and silent auction. Do you have goods, services, or items that would be of interest to our community? Consider making a donation for our annual auction! All proceeds benefit AEOE, which allows us to offer conference scholarships through Joie's Daisies Scholarship Fund, named after beloved outdoor educator Joie Armstrong. Joie was a bright light to all who knew her. We are calling on our community to reach out to their contacts for in-kind donations. Click here to share your in-kind donation for the auction or contact AEOE's Executive Director Estrella Risinger at email@example.com to discuss the opportunity.
Thanks to the many individuals and companies that have already supported the auction through in-kind donations. Featured items include:
6-night retreat to the Ezulwini Lodges in South Africa crowned as the Winner of Tripadvisor Traveler's Choice 2023!
Two tickets to Janet Jackson's Together Again Tour on Wednesday, Jun 12, 2024 · 8:00 PM at the Chase Center — San Francisco