EE Conference

Environmental & Outdoor Education Conference

Plan on joining AEEA in 2024 for hands-on workshops, breakout sessions, and field experiences. The conference is a great learning and networking opportunity for classroom teachers, non-formal educators, college students, naturalists, and conservation professionals from across the state.

About the Conference

AEEA’s Environmental and Outdoor Education Conference is a gathering that brings together classroom teachers, non-formal educators, higher education students, Master Naturalists, and conservation professionals from around Arkansas. This professional learning event consists of hands-on workshops, field experiences, concurrent presentations, networking opportunities, and exhibitors. If you have never attended an AEEA conference, you can view highlights from the 2023 conference which was co-hosted with the Arkansas Master Naturalists in Eureka Springs. Links are below

Schedule at a Glance

June 11

Pre-conference Events – additional fees may apply

  • Workshops
  • Tours & Field Experiences
  • Networking

 

 

June 12

Conference

  • Keynote Address
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Awards Luncheon
  • Concurrent Sessions

Audience

AEEA’s conference draws attendees from across the state and occasionally neighboring regions. Most attendees are educators, either in classrooms or non-formal education settings. The conference also draws conservation professionals, naturalists, researchers, education administrators, professors, and college students. Attendees range in their knowledge and practice of environmental education (EE). Some are looking for beginning steps to incorporate EE while others are more seasoned and are looking for new ways to expand their programming. All attendees are interested in acquiring resources and tools to increase their effectiveness in EE and connecting with others to expand the network of EE across The Natural State.

Now Accepting Proposals for the 2024 Conference!

Attention educators, conservationists, and naturalists – AEEA is seeking proposals for conference sessions that explore the many benefits of environmental and outdoor education. 

We are seeking conference proposals for a variety of topics including, but not limited to:

    • Education in Practice – planning and implementing successful environmental education programs, K-12 education, STEM, green and healthy schools, climate education, reports on new and relevant research, etc
    • Naturalists in Action – exploring the wonders of Arkansas ecoregions, citizen (community) science programs in Arkansas, etc
    • Outdoors and EE Programs – outdoor recreation and environmental education, health and the outdoors, teaching in outdoor settings, access to the outdoors, etc
    • Community Engagement – cultivating community partnerships, engaging with underserved communities in environmental education, exploring green careers in Arkansas, etc
    • Capacity Building – developing professional skills as an educator,  program administration, grant writing, etc

This is a competitive proposal process. Not all proposals will be accepted. AEEA requests proposals for sessions that: 

  • Are solution-oriented and include concrete takeaways
  • Are interactive and engage the audience
  • Share new research, advances in practice, innovative ideas, or relevant case studies
  • Promote equity, inclusion, and accessibility in environmental education and the outdoors

Please note: each day has a different focus. Please select the day that best fits your proposal:

  • Tuesday: field experiences and interactive workshops, 2 – 3 hours 
  • Wednesday: concurrent conference sessions that are either
    • 60 minutes (50 minutes + 10 minutes Q&A)
    • 30 minutes (25 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A) 

Proposal submission deadline: March 22, 2024.

Session Format

All sessions will be in person. Tuesday sessions will be field experiences or interactive workshops that last 2-3 hours. Wednesday sessions will be concurrent conference sessions that are either 60 minutes or 30 minutes. This time allotment includes time for questions and answers.

Wednesday session formats could include

  • Presentations – traditional sessions, typically a talk, including opportunitites for questions and discussion
  • Hands-on – sessions provide participants an opportunity to engage in activities or observe a demonstration. These sessions could be indoors or outdoors.
  • Discussion – these sessions engage participants in a roundtable discussion around a designated topic relevant to environmental and outdoor education.

The conference venue has outdoor space that could be used for a session. We encourage proposals that use the outdoor space. These sessions will not have audio/visual equipment. Please indicate on your session proposal if your session could be modified for indoors in case of inclement weather.

Audio Visual Equipment

Indoor sessions will have access to a projector, screen, and internet-connected computer. Any additional equipment will need to be provided by the presenter and discussed with the conference planning team prior to the event.

Outdoor sessions will not have AV equipment unless provided by the presenter and discussed with the planning team prior to the event.

Presenter Discount

Presenters of accepted proposals will receive a discounted conference registration rate. This can apply for up to two presenters per session.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The success of this event depends on our sponsors. View the 2024 Sponsor Packet, which describes the different levels of sponsorship and the benefits involved with each level.

2023 Exhibitors 

  • Arkansas Audubon Society: What’s Good for Birds Is Good For People
  • Arkansas Department of Agriculture
  • Arkansas Environmental Education Association & Project WET
  • Arkansas Forestry Association Education Foundation: Project Learning Tree
  • Arkansas Master Naturalists
  • Beaver Water District
  • Boston Mountain Solid Waste District
  • The Diana Project: Saving Arkansas’s State Butterfly
  • Entegrity
  • H2Ozarks: Cleaner Water Together! – Striving to protect the Upper White River Basin lakes and watershed through monitoring, research, public policy, outreach, and education
  • ORE Recovered Materials: Educating Communities About Plastic Recycling
  • Pollinator Partnership: Gardening for Pollinators – Programs, Partnerships, and Resources
  • Summit Utilities
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