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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.

annual STATEWIDE conference

The Statewide Conference for Environmental and Outdoor Education offers opportunities for networking, professional development, and connection. Held in the spring, the conference runs Friday through Sunday and include 40+ workshops, a keynote speaker, award ceremonies, entertainment, and more. Lodging and meals are offered onsite and both camping and dorm or cabin accommodations are available. Rotating through sites around California, the annual statewide conference draws ~300 participants for a weekend of learning and fun. 

Our 2025 Statewide Conference is tentatively planned for May 2-4, 2025 at Walk Creek Ranch in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The call for workshop applications will go out in late 2024. 


Click through the images below to get a taste of the statewide conference. We hope to see you next year!

Past Statewide Conferences

 Year  Site  Theme
 2024 Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center Reinvigorate
 2023 YMCA Camp Jones Gulch Educating for Change
 2022 SCICON Outdoor School CommunityEE
 2021 Virtual conference due to COVID n/a
 2020  Virtual (conference planned at SCICON postponed due to COVID-19)  n/a
 2019  Westminster Woods  Teaching Outside the Box
 2018  Camp Hess Kramer  Creating a Culture of Science
 2017  YMCA Camp Jones Gulch  The Next Generation
 2016  Camp Hess Kramer  Connecting the Dots
 2015  Walker Creek Ranch n/a
 2014  SCICON  The Road Less Traveled
 2013  Sierra Outdoor School
 A Climate of Change
 2012  Camp Hess Kramer  Little Blue Marble

If your site would like to host an upcoming conference or volunteer to plan a future conference, please reach out to AEOE's Executive Director, Estrella Risinger, director@aeoe.org.


FALL REGIONAL MEET-UPS

In 2021, AEOE launched fall regional meet-ups as a way for our communities across the state to come together for networking and learning. The meet-ups served as alternatives to a weekend-long conference when overnight experiences with groups of people weren't the safest option. They allowed us to offer in-person convenings in sites across the state, drawing together educators from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences and in a range of settings (nature centers, school yards, outdoor science schools, etc.). We enjoyed the new format so much, we decided to continue them!

Thanks to our sites, partners, and everyone who joined us for the 2021, 2022 ,and 2023 Fall Regional Meet-ups!

If you would like to host a regional meet-up in the fall of 2024, please reach out AEOE's Executive Director, Estrella Risinger, director@aeoe.org.

CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL & OUTDOOR EDUCATION

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