Bringing EE Leaders Together

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We plan, organize and host an environmental education conference to provide professional development opportunities for anyone interested in learning how to promote environmental literacy. The conference consists of multiple concurrent sessions, field experiences, workshops, keynote speakers, exhibits, and full group plenary sessions. Conference attendance ranges from 130-150 participants and generally includes non-formal educators; classroom teachers; and agency, business, and non-profit representatives interested in environmental education. The conference also serves as a forum to host nationally and regionally recognized leaders  to share their expertise and perspectives on national and regional initiatives to help broaden our exposure.

2018 Environmental Education Conference

Exploring Our Connections through Environmental Education

September 28 - 30, 2018
Friday evening through Sunday afternoon


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Canby Grove  |  Just east of the I-5, north of Salem                                                            

Regular Registration
June 20 – August 15, 2018    

Late Registration
August 15 – September 1, 2018

*Registration includes EEAO membership, lodging, meals and a special Saturday-night Celebration Dinner.
Work-trade partial scholarships and student/senior rates available.
Room upgrades available, $35 additional (includes both nights), first-come, first-served.

***Scholarship applications will be accepted June 15, 2018 to August 15, 2018.

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***More information on lodging and meals coming soon!

Call for Presenters
Deadline for Submissions has been extended to June 10, 2018

We are pleased to issue a call for presenters for our 2018 Conference at Canby Grove, north of Salem, Oregon, from September 28th - 30th. The conference brings together educators from across Oregon for professional development, networking, and inspiration.

Selected presenters will:

  • Register for the full conference by August 15. (Participate in as much or as little as your schedule allows.) A $45 discount code will be offered to accepted presenters. Work-trade scholarships are also available. Sorry, we will not be able to accommodate other partial monetary requests.
  • Ideally incorporate outdoor time.
  • Allow for some flexibility in room locations and set-ups. Gazebo location; Theater seating, round tables, classroom-style.

Confirmation of submissions will be sent via email. Formal notification of acceptance will be emailed by June 25, 2018.

How to Apply

Please contact Karin for any questions. Submit your application to karinonkkadesign[at]gmail[dot]com.

Include ALL of the following (a.-i.) in your submission(s). Incomplete submissions will be returned.

  1. Name, title, organization, address, city, state, website, email, phone number.
  2. Title and description of your presentation/field experience, preferably playing on our theme of “Exploring our Connections through Environmental Education.”
  3. 70-word biography for each presenter.
  4. Code for the strand letter and topic number (see strands below) that your presentation will address. For example, B1 = Technology in the Field. Or do you have another topic?
  5. Length of your presentation: a) 1.5-hour workshop or panel; b) 1-hour standard presentation; c) 1.75-hour off-site field experience/nature outing, which includes travel time, or d) 1.5-hour on-site field experience/nature outing.
  6. A description of your incorporated hands-on activity, preferably outdoors.
  7. Will you include DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) in your session? If so, how? DEI is an important focus for EEAO and the conference so it should be incorporated as fully as possible. Will you include NGSS/STE(A)M in your session? If so, how?
  8. Do you have a preferred day for your presentation/field experience? Set-up style?
  9. Please list any of the following items you will need: computer, LCD or overhead projector, up to microphone, laser pointer, flip chart/whiteboard, podium, stool.

Conference Strands

A.  Connections Between the State of EE in Oregon and Beyond
  2. Common scoring guides for various aspects of environmental literacy
  3. State/global issues including creating programs that meet NGSS/Common Core/OELP standards
  4. OGS and Eco-Schools USA: Green School resources
  5. How to grow your EE career/the EE profession (Certification standards, samples from other states)
  6. Teacher professional development (How EE professionals/allies can host and develop quality professional development)
B.  Connecting Tools, Technology and Science-based Education
  1. Technology in the Field
  2. Incorporating pollinator conservation and education in outdoor classrooms (include Oregon butterfly species and native bees)
  3. Citizen Science: Meaningful data collection in the field and organizing long-term phenology projects
  4. Green schoolyards and school gardens: (A sense of place, connection and modeling activities)
  5. Nature-based pre-school
  6. Water quality
C.  Connecting Oregon Communities: DEI Initiatives and Practices in Action
  1. Assimilating disabilities into EE programming/outdoor education
  2. Bringing nature to “under-exposed” communities (ideally presented by people from within these communities to help educators understand what the barriers are)
  3. Diversity and Inclusion in action – highlight and demonstrate successful activities and programs with a focus on adapting existing programs
  4. Environmental education and social change/environmental justice
  5. Explicitly learning and teaching equity –using the teachable moments effectively
  6. Urban/rural divide
D.  Connecting Educators to EE Administration and Non-Profit Management
  1. EE101 - how to start your own non-profit: budgeting, assessment, managing volunteers, etc.
  2. Outdoor and EE best practices
  3. Making EE relevant for the non-EE person
  4. “Take it to the trail” –engaging kids of all ages on the trail, best practices
  5. Outdoor education in the rain or snow
  6. Developing curriculum/lesson planning/inclusion of senior adults and early childhood
E.  Connecting Nature, Arts, Spirit and Science
  1. Art and nature/Literacy and nature
  2. Brain science and outdoor learning -physical, emotional, mental benefits for kids with autism/Asperger’s, depression, ADD, etc.
  3. Nature and spirituality
  4. Publishing student work
  5. Primitive skills
  6. Place-based education
F.  Connecting Educators and Students to Outdoor School
  1. Building bridges between schools, research, and outdoor school
  2. K-5 curriculum to prepare students for outdoor school
  3. Nuts and Bolts of Outdoor School for All
  4. Outdoor schools for adults –“The Refresher Course”
  5. Outlining pathways to outdoor school opportunities
  6. A hands-on experience of outdoor school

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Upcoming events

Conference Presenters Applications Open
05-23-2018 12:00 am
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05-29-2018 9:00 am
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2018 Environmental Education Conference
09-28-2018 12:00 am
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