AAEE is honored to plan and coordinate an annual conference each year. Our conferences are designed to explore cutting edge topics, share ideas with each other, and support those new to the field of environmental education.
AAEE’s annual conference provides a space for networking with other EE professionals, sharing successes and challenges from the past year, developing new skills and learning new tools, and engaging in meaningful conversations about the future of environmental education in Arizona. Our conferences, and all of our events, are as inclusive as possible. We keep registration fees reasonable, offer pay what you can options, split the event on weekdays and weekends, and host in-person conferences in a welcoming space with an organization that shares our values. We invite an array of speakers, and raise up the voices of those typically under-represented in our field.
2023 In-Person Conference: Careers in Environmental Education
September 7-9, 2023, Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ. AAEE gathered our community in person for two and a half days of learning, field trips, fellowship, and mentoring. We highlighted the work done by our inaugural eeFellows cohort, resources for finding funding and new job opportunities, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the field, and spent time reconnecting with colleagues and friends we haven't seen in almost a year. We also raised $1325 in scholarship funding for programs for the next 12 months. A big thanks to our conference sponsors: The SW Fire Science Consortium, Prescott College, Arizona Master Naturalist Association, and the Outdoor Learning Store. Thanks to all who made it a success!
2022 Virtual Conference: Environmental Literacy
SEPTEMBER 23, 2022 - 9am - noon; $25 -Join the Arizona Association for Environmental Education for the 2022 One-Day Virtual Conference! As the North American Association for Environmental Education Conference is taking place in Tucson, Arizona this year, AAEE invites Arizona environmental educators to this event to gear up for the larger conference. Attendees will learn about the importance of planning for environmental literacy, explore how to make the most of the NAAEE Conference, hear what AAEE has been up to in 2022, and discuss how to develop a career in environmental education in Arizona and beyond.
September 10, 17, and 24, 2021 - The 2021 Conference — Planting New Roots: Growing an Inclusive EE Community in Arizona was held on four Fridays in September 2021. We offered both virtual and in person meet up options for engagement. Revisit the 2021 Program for details. Highlights included an Opening Keynote by Parker McMullen Bushman of Inclusive Journeys, a Plenary Session by Professor Alberto Arenas of UArizona’s College of Education, and a Panel Discussion on EE Deserts in Arizona with Dionna Reese Williams, Denisse Ortega Lorona, and Cassandra Stouder moderated by AAEE Board Member and one of 2021 NAAEE’s 30 under 30 Ellen Bashor. Registration for the virtual event included access to the recordings of all presentations for one year from air date.
September 12-14, 2019 - The first conference sponsored by AAEE in almost a decade! We believe in the power of inclusivity, community, sharing ideas, and celebrating our collective successes. We strive to create a more environmentally literate and compassionate society. Conference Goals: 1.To bring attention to AAEE. 2. To demonstrate that EE is not just for K- 12 formal educators in a classroom. 3.To highlight the diversity of ways people in Arizona conduct EE. 4.To begin to address inclusivity issues in the work that we do.